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4.0 out of 5 stars
Supermassive Black Hole
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on 10 June 2006
If your a Muse fan you cant say you werent a LITTLE nervous about this album launch.... The band that pretty much started (and carried) the entire Brit-pop movement returns for a fourth album. And the two questions that immediatly springs to mind is "Is it good?" and "Does it live up to the others".

Well these questions just happen to be very easy to answer.... Yes, and yes.

Musically, this is a cut above the other three albums, and is the next step in Muse's evolution. At first the direction they seem to have taken may seem suprising, but as soon as Matt's voice starts on the opening track "Take A Bow", you WILL feel that this is the right place for Muse to be. There are times on this album where it feels heavily edited, and very much like a studio album only, as the almost synthetic notes rise and rise before running together with the lyrics being looped over, it could almost pass as a dance song, but then the guitar kicks in again and it feels like Muse again. It really is a breathtaking way to open the album.

I could go on for ages about each track, from the catchy piano riffs of "Starlight" to the epic single, "Super Massive Balck Hole" but special note must be made of a few tracks, namely "City Of Delusio" and better yet, "Knights Of Cydonia". There are clear Queen influences here, but laced in with Muse's own particular blend of Matt Bellamy's simply amazing voice, to the pounding Bass and Drum riffs that have taken a much more prominant stand. However Queen esque chorus's are not the only place that influences have been drawn from. In "City of Delusion" we hear clearly a middle eastern style blended in with an accoustic guitar, then on to the rising base, before finally being blended again with trumpets in an almost salsa beat, before rising to and epic Crescendo that is the end of the song.

However the old Muse that we have grown to love is still very much alive here, obviously in Matt's vocals, but also in his astounding pianist skills, and these still shine through in perfect harmony with the rest of the band.

There are many tracks on this album that would not be out of place in a movie soundtrack, the album itself could quite easily stand up as a soundtrack on its own, such is the diversity of the songs, especially the closing track, "Knights Of Cydonia".

Simply put, this is Muse's best album yet and is a perfect blend of old with new. Unmissable and i would reccomend it to all Muse fans, and to those that arent sure, buy this album. You wont regret it.
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on 2 January 2016
Great music.
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on 13 February 2010
This was the third addition to my slowly growing vinyl collection. For me, this song is simply amazing and it has been my favourite song ever since I first heard it. A very nice surprise for me is that the vinyl is a picture disk (yes I had to look that up), which means that the album artwork and track listing are actually printed on the vinyl! Oh how I found this exciting :D
One more thing, the B side "Crying Shame" also happens to be, by coincidence, my all time favourite B side. Overall, I think this vinyl is perfect. The only two reasons I can think for somebody not to buy it is if 1) they don't have a record player, or 2) they have an irrational hate for Muse.
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on 22 June 2006
This is a lot different to what they're done before. It's not the useal greyish raw emotion muse have (this isn't a bad thing i love muse!) Instead they've funked it up a bit. It's gives the song a sleazy feel to it. But you can still hear muse's useual style shineing through. It's a great song don't get me wrong! but it's definatly a grower. First time i heard it i thought it was alrite, but after around 3 or 4 listens i love it! So don't poo poo it at first, give it a chance. If you're a muse fan like me, it'll at first feel like being a fish out of water, but then you'll devolop lungs and feet!
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on 19 June 2006
After the amazing 'Absolution' album by Muse, I was looking forward to their new single 'Supermassive Black Hole'. Some people have slated this song by saying 'that it doesn't sound much like Muse' and that it sounds more like Scissor Sisters, but When I first heard it I wasn't disappointed. The song has a great disco beat, catchy guitar riffs, brilliant lyrics and great singing by Matt Bellamy. And, despite the slight change in style, it still has the classic Muse guitar/bass distortion that has made them so popular over the years. All of this makes for a brilliant dance floor anthem. Buy this single, and get Muse the number 1 they deserve. You will not be disappointed.
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on 21 June 2006
This is awful. I normally love Muse's dulcet tones but this is abominable. It's like a thrash metal re-union. As for that review that said this was crackerjack! Such old world terminology to review such cutting edge artists. Think Muse should sell their guitars for bowler hats.
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on 21 June 2006
Great single - Muse at their best. Can't wait for the new album in a couple of weeks.
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