Hullabaloo: Soundtrack Import
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Disc 1 is a compilation of B-sides, which is pretty unusual considering that Muse only had two albums out at the time. Personally I think they would have been better waiting until now and then doing a chronological release. Even with some notable omissions (including Futurism, Coma and live favourite Agitated) the B-sides disc has some fantastic songs on it, not least Nature_1 (a bitter acoustic number twisting at the last moment into electric guitar heaven) and Hyper Chondriac Music (a stripped down, acoustic version of Hypermusic).
The live CD is where Hullabaloo truly excels. Before listening to this Muse were a band I liked who I'd probably see live if I got the chance. Afterwards, seeing them in concert became my Holy Grail. Some bands, however good on record, are a dull and uninspiring experience live as they merely play the songs as on the albums (except with dodgier vocals). Oasis spring to mind. But from this album it's clear that Muse pull out all the stops live, transforming even their slower songs into extended, ground-shaking behemoths (seeing people mosh to piano is a bizarre experience to say the least). Even the songs from Showbiz, which on record sound tinny and simplistic are beefed up into massive indie rock anthems. The ennui-laden Muscle Museum in particular has been turned into a howling plea for attention, and Cave is played at double speed for double the excitement.Read more ›
No, it's not a new album. Rather, it's a collection of B-sides, rarities, and a 2001 live concert. Most bands don't sound too great in either case, but Muse does. The first disc is made up of their B-sides and rarities, which tend to be quite good actually.
It doesn't start off promising, with the schizophrenic prog-rocker "Forced In," which would be fine if it weren't for the endlessly cycling synth that obscures everything else. But things get stronger after that, with the explosive downward spiral that is "Shrinking Universe" ("There's nothing left to die for!"), the softer poppy "Recess," and the surprisingly gentle acoustic ballad "Map Of your Head."
Most of the other songs follow those examples, either being epic and bombastic or quieter and more intimate. With, of course, some eerier songs thrown in, like the rippling sweetness of "Shine Acoustic." Are they as good as Muse's proper albums, especially since a few B-sides sound like the lost soundtrack of the X-Files? Not really, but they are remarkably good, and still better than average.
Which brings us to the live performance, which took place in October of 2001, in Paris's "Le Zenith." Well, to put it simply, these guys rock. It opens with a cheering crowd, right before they kick off into a tornado of bass, drums and guitar. Unlike many rock bands, these guys lose none of their power or musical richness in live performances.
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If you cant buy the DVD, the least you could do is buy this.
I loved the album so i bought this to compare what SACD can do.
Alas the first CD is just that... a CD, no Super Audio here.
However, CD2, the concert from Le Zenith in Paris is given the 5.1, DSD treatment. Now thats certainly a good thing. To start with i just thought that i would be getting a bit of ambience, hearing the crowd around me or the sound echo around the concert hall, and indeed thats what i did get... but i got a whole lot more.
Comparing the CD and SACD versions i find the SACD version to have a lot more body to it, listening at moderate volumes i can feel the music and it feels right. Now i have a problem that when i have to listen to the normal CD it just sounds big and hollow.
The CD version has more impact, but its just wrong, the SACD version has a far more real sound, and since its a live concert thats what you want.
Given 5 stars just for CD2... consider CD1 a bonus.
Equipment used - Pioneer DV-565a player, Marantz SR4300 amp, Acoustic Energy Evo 3's, centre and 1's
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picking up this CD and looking at it you would have thought it would be so good
(I'm a big Muse fan btw)
but wow, this CD is actually very, very bad
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This takes me back a few years to my days living in Torquay in the 80'sPublished 22 months ago by Mr. R. Money