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5.0 out of 5 stars If you take this album on its own merit...
...then it is a good record. Yes, it sounds nothing like earlt ToT but if you want catchy electropop with a rock heart then what is wrong with this?

There are some good tunes here and if you can let go of ToT's past then you can grow to like it.

I listen to it more than the early stuff because it stands up to repeated listens more.
Published on 16 Aug 2006 by katyn1940

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2.0 out of 5 stars Boy, do I hate this new "electronic" trend in metal...
Not that I defend "pure" metal (God forbid), but honestly, how many of these trendy metal riff/sampler albums work? As for me, I can name ONE: My Dying Bride's "34.whatever". (Well, The Gathering have made a couple of succesful steps at that direction, too.)
What we got here is another, fairly pathetic attempt at crossover between metal and...
Published on 28 Jan 2001


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you take this album on its own merit..., 16 Aug 2006
This review is from: Musique (Audio CD)
...then it is a good record. Yes, it sounds nothing like earlt ToT but if you want catchy electropop with a rock heart then what is wrong with this?

There are some good tunes here and if you can let go of ToT's past then you can grow to like it.

I listen to it more than the early stuff because it stands up to repeated listens more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Total Triumph, 7 Aug 2009
This review is from: Musique (Audio CD)
I really do not understand the whole Musique bashing that Theatre of Tragedy fans seem to like to indulge in quite a lot. A lot of bands go through periods of change and experimentation. Musical evolution is important in order to survive and to keep things fresh. I honestly feel that Theatre of Tragedy would not be going today had it not been for the fresh musical injection of experimentation of Musique. Classic bands like The Gathering would've lost the musical respect that they have built up had they continued to remake Mandylion and Nighttime Birds just as Theatre of Tragedy would've if they had continued to remake Aegis and Velvet Darkness They Fear. Even though i love all the ToT albums Musique is my favourite album by the band. The uptempo beats yet dark electronic metal gives the album an edge you don't find on any other album. Liv and Raymond's vocals are total perfection.
The Limited Edition version is well worth the money to hear the original version of "Image" called "Quirk" which slightly slower in tempo and more rock orientated than electro. The unreleased mixes of "Radio" and "Reverie" are brilliant also.
This album is a total triumph in every respect. An open mind will reap rewards. The album is an intriguing musical enigma but once the beats get you they will never let you go.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPHANT RE-INVENTION!, 4 Mar 2002
This review is from: Musique (Audio CD)
My initial reaction to this album when I first heard it, "What the hell is this?". But, like Paradise Lost's 'Host' CD, I invested some time into it and it became a top 3 CD of the year. I personally think that TOT had done the Goffik-Metal thing to death and were approaching stagnation, they probably did too hence their re-invention as euroelectropopmetal. Nowadays I wouldn't bother listening to the older albums despite Liv's gorgeous voice as Muj:zik has for me become their defining work. The new album 'Assembly' has taken them in an even more mainstream and polished direction and is possibly even better...but time will tell. If you like this album you should also check out Liv Kristine's solo album 'Deus ex Machina'.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boy, do I hate this new "electronic" trend in metal..., 28 Jan 2001
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Not that I defend "pure" metal (God forbid), but honestly, how many of these trendy metal riff/sampler albums work? As for me, I can name ONE: My Dying Bride's "34.whatever". (Well, The Gathering have made a couple of succesful steps at that direction, too.)
What we got here is another, fairly pathetic attempt at crossover between metal and eurobeat. When they are trying to sound dark, they sound like the DOOM score played on distorted guitar. When they are trying to sound groovy they sound like Limp Bizkit with fake British accent. Amateurish use of beatbox and quickie production are certainly no help at all. Sad.
My advice to these bands: before you go out and buy samplers and grooveboxes, try to listen to some real dark electronic stuff. Start with the classics like Bjork, Goldie and Autechre, then move on to the recent masterpieces by Faithless, Lamb, Massive Attack, Craig Armstrong and Mandalay. You may actually save a couple of bucks and LOTS of studio time. Thank you.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as they used to be!!!! A total disappointment!!, 3 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Musique (Audio CD)
Theatre of Tragedy started as a Gothic/Doom Metal band combining classical music with hard metal and beautiful combinations of the Growling of Raymond István Rohonyi and the angelic singing of Liv Kristine Espænes. Their previous Album "Aegis", went out of their way to combine Metal with mellow ambient Electronic sounds, giving it a lovely dark "Lycia-like sound" while sticking to their singing style and mood, a good album overall.
Theatre of Tragedy no longer, in my opinion, have that edge created by their earlier stuff, as demonstrated by this album, they appear to be heading towards the Industrial scene (I won't go there). There are a few decent tracks on this one but, I don't recommend it at all. Better luck with the next album.
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