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Solid if not spectacular - it's still MUSE,
This review is from: Black Holes and Revelations (Audio CD)
With their eagerly anticipated fourth record Muse have attempted to take a bold step, but ended up making it only halfway. The result could easily have been messy, but somehow Matt Bellamy and co. have pulled it all together admirably.
I was never a huge fan of Absolution - in the way that I always felt like I wanted to stop listening after Butterflies & Hurricanes because the last few songs were so forgetable. What enthrals me about Black Holes & Revelations is that there are no weak points, as it flows from start to finish and climaxes triumphantly with the magnificant 'Knights of Cydonia'.
'Supermassive Black Hole' indicated a change in direction for the band which has never quite materialised on this album, there is no other song on this record which sounds anything like it. I have heard Bellamy say that he intended every song to be completely different, and this he has certainly achieved. Still, many of the tracks here capture the familiar Muse ethos of impending doom and apocolyptic landscapes - and isn't that what we all love about them anyway?
What some fans may miss is the emphasis on classical piano in many of the songs. There are no tracks like that here, at least not in the typical Matt Bellamy fashion. Piano and keyboards are used throughout, but not in the same way they have been before, and especially not in the way they were used in Origin. To some that may be a disappointment.
For me, while this record lacks some of the big impact songs that were found in abundance on Absolution, Black Holes still matches the overall quality of the record by being more cohesive and well-rounded. Yet the brilliance that is Origin of Symmetry is still a longway from being matched. No doubt whatever anyone says about Black Holes & Revelations, Muse will make it sound like a million dollars through their live performances, and if you witness such an event, you'll have no choice but to buy this.