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Celestial Entrance
Celestial Entrance

4.0 out of 5 stars Repeated pleasure, 20 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Celestial Entrance (MP3 Download)
Brilliant album! Needs several listenings to fully appreciate (as with most prog metal albums). On the face of it, seems a little like there's nothing new to offer over other similar bands in the genre, but there is a lot of really good songwriting here, with plenty of catchiness. The lyrics aren't why I go for this genre, but they seem to be very thematic and may put some off. I don't mind though! Mostly excellent, with some faltering steps here and there, but nothing to detract from the rest of the album.

Worth mentioning (this isn't the reason for taking a star off though) that the Amazon CD tracklisting for this album is horrific. Artist spelled: Pagan'S Mind and a couple of mis-spellings in track names (including one that's totally wrong). So be warned you'll have to reorganise this if Amazon doesn't sort this out.

Monopoly: New Edition (PC)
Monopoly: New Edition (PC)
Offered by Replay-International
Price: £13.10

58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An improvement on the last version, 1 Jan. 2003
I have recently bought Monopoly new edition, and have found it far supreme to the earlier Monopoly PC game, owned by a friend. For a start, it has several foreign boards (only names of properties changed), which come with the appropriate accent and currency for the property names.
Another feature that makes it better than the earlier edition was that if 2 players make a trade, the other players don't have to agree fo the trade to take place.
There are also up to date chance and community chest cards, as a few features of the board game have changed since the original game.
Despite some very annoying phrases repeated again and again by 'Mr. Monopoly' and the pieces, and the terrible background tune, the great animations and the already mentioned advantages get it 4 stars from me. Happy playing!

Origin Of Symmetry
Origin Of Symmetry
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £6.09

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it's third time lucky, second time was pretty damn good!, 21 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Origin Of Symmetry (Audio CD)
Upon hearing Muse's first album, 'Showbiz', I decided that I would purchase 'Origin of Symmetry'. Admittedly I believed that nothing was able to live up to the first album, but it was worth a try nonetheless. I must say now that I was wrong.
The first song, suitably named 'New Born', begins with a simple but nice piano piece. Matt Bellamy's vocals mix in. From nowhere, a loud guitar riff bursts in, leading to the rest of the song containing brilliant guitar work and a strange, accordion-like ending.
'Bliss' is the second piece on the CD, and is a well-chosen follow-up to 'New Born'. Piano and keyboard arpeggios lead to a chorus with gut-wrenching vocals and brilliant use of chords. The music really reflects the song's lyrics and leaves you holding your breath at the end.
The next song, 'Space Dementia' takes a few listens to get used to. Once heard several times, you can begin to appreciate the fantastic piano playing and helium-filled vocals.
Fourth up is 'Hyper Music'. As the name suggests, it is satisfyingly chaotic. The demonic bass line pounds all the way through, fed by ripping vocals. Much like their earlier material. You get a feeling of absolute power surging out of your hi-fi and through your body.
Next in line is the acclaimed 'Plug In Baby'. Although I never used to think much of it, it dawned on me how musically fantastic the song is, especially the famous guitar solo and perfect ending vocals. Despite its popularity, I believe that it is not the best song on the album.
'Citizen Erased' has a mood of change to it. Constantly mutating into different styles throughout, it keeps you on your toes. Some of the best drum work I have heard in a long time. From the middle to the end, it turns into a symphonic-style peaceful tune.
My all-time favourite, 'Micro Cuts' is deep, dark and disturbing. Almost operatic vocally and with sinister guitar pieces. Gradually, it spirals into angst-ridden hard rock, but without the vocals. Worth buying the album for this song only.
'Screenager', like 'Space Dementia', takes a lot of listening to get used to. Interesting guitar work and an absolutely beautiful blend of keyboard and vocals. The most disturbing lyrics on the album lie here, but also he gentlest vocals.
Next is 'Dark Shines' with its Egyptian-style guitar solos all the way through, and static-like, noisy chorus. This is probably the song I liked least, but nevertheless I liked it very much. Do I also hear a melotron or similar instrument in the chorus?
The penultimate song is a fantastic cover of 'Feeling Good' written by Bricusse/Newley, but with Muse's own style. You can hear the jazzy rhythms and blues scales determinedly screaming out over the rest of the song. 'Feeling Good' proves how Muse are so good at taking on any style they feel like better than the other songs.
Finally, we arrive at 'Megalomania'. Quiet intro and verse build up the feeling, and suddenly a loud, juicy organ piece and soaring vocals all kick in. One more verse and then another, final chorus with equally breathtaking backing vocals. Dark as ever, Muse end on a song like this, to keep the ambience the CD creates alive afterwards.
To conclude, I would like to say that THIS is rock. People who own Slipknot, Mushroomhead and Blink 182 records must realise this.
However, I find it frustrating when people tell me that they like Muse, but they can't fully appreciate Muse's potential. It is damn near impossible to create music like this; not just performing it, but writing it too. Anyone with music knowledge should be able to see the talent Bellamy, Howard and Wolstenholme have, and appreciate it fully.
I cannot wait to hear Muse's next album (aside from Hullabaloo, a collection of b-sides and a live concert). The three young men have a bright future ahead of them, and I think that all rock bands should be influenced and guided by Muse... I was.
Never were proud to be British? Now you should be.

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