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Old 12-09-2007, 02:49 AM   #1
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My next musical discovery: Muse

For the past few years I only owned and heard of one Muse song - Falling Away With You.

I thought it was fantastic. Recently I was hanging out with a friend playing his music library on shuffle and "Map of the Problematique" came on. This song just blew my mind but I thought there were some similarities to a song I heard from the 80's but couldn't put my finger on it. After some research I discovered it was that Depeche Mode song (which is another great band I am beginning to discover).

But anyway, I bought Black Holes and Revelations and have immediately loved this album, even with any similarities to other bands/songs (Queen, Audioslave: Exo-Politics really reminds me of Like a Stone).

Muse is brilliant. Discovering new bands is great, especially when it's a brilliant band.

Curious as to what people think of Muse and Black Holes and Revelations. I'm sure there's a thread on the band/album already, but I figure another thread on this brilliant band isn't a bad thing.
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There is, but it's probably getting close to the point where it'll be closed anyway because it's reached a certain amount of pages or something, so always nice to have a backup .

Looooooove "Falling Away With You". Hell, I just love the entire Absolution album in general .

As for Black Holes and Revelations, I personally like it. I'm not that keen on "Assassin"...kinda slows the middle of the album down a bit...but everything else is good stuff. I love the fact that they brought in things like spaghetti western music, a bit of '80s new wave, and even some '50s/'60s harmonies/music-makes it that much more interesting. I've also wondered if they haven't been listening to a bit of Danny Elfman or people similar to him, 'cause "Hoodoo" really sounds like something I could hear Elfman do. Interesting comparison with "Exo-Politics" there, too, I never thought of that. Hm.

And I don't know if it was intentional on the band's part or not, but I like that the whole album sort of seems to be a sci-fi/war movie in CD form. You've got "Take A Bow", which is the political "Yeah, let's fight the government!" thing, "Starlight" is the love song for the main male & female characters, "Invincible" is the "we'll make it through this" empowerment song for the good guys, "Knights Of Cydonia" is the climactic ending battle scene...and so on and so forth. Looking at the album in that way makes me enjoy it all the more. It's also good to listen to when you're sitting out on your deck late at night in the summertime, with the stars out and everything (one night there were shooting stars-fit PERFECTLY).

Yeah. Fantastic band, absolutely love them. Definitely one of the best band discoveries I made this year . And they kick ass live as well-if you haven't seen them yet, I highly suggest you do so whenever they come your way down the line.

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what can I say about this amazing band.... I have just fallen head over heels for them. I too, just discovered them this year and thought wtf took me so long to discover these guys.. Better late than never I guess.
As angela said you HAVE TO CATCH THEM LIVE... what can I say just mindblowing. Matt is a guitar genius to watch him play ...just wowie wow...
As soon as I discovered them I went crazy and downloaded all their albums and a ton of live bootlegs.. I wasn't disappointed.

As far as studio albums this is what I recommend in this order:

1. Black Holes and Revelations
2. Absolution
3. Origin of Symmetry
4. Showbiz
5. Hullabaloo Soundtrack

here are some pics I took from the show I saw back in August.







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As angela said you HAVE TO CATCH THEM LIVE... what can I say just mindblowing. Matt is a guitar genius to watch him play ...just wowie wow...
As soon as I discovered them I went crazy and downloaded all their albums and a ton of live bootlegs.. I wasn't disappointed.
LOL, I went on a YouTube watching spree after I got into 'em (though I've recently started collecting live bootlegs and that, too). Was watching this the other night...exhibit A showcasing Muse's live prowess-"Stockholm Syndrome" from Glastonbury 2004:
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Matt & a piano...ahhhh .

Nice megaphone shot there, too-"Feeling Good" is sooooooooo fantastic live. All those pictures are awesome, you did a great job of capturing them in their element there. I should go through and share a few from the show I was at.

And now that you have BH&R, U2Fan101, I agree with the order of the remaining albums U2Fanatic listed there.

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As for Black Holes and Revelations, I personally like it. I'm not that keen on "Assassin"...kinda slows the middle of the album down a bit...but everything else is good stuff.
There is nothing slow about Assassin
if anything Exo Politics slows things down

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LOL, I went on a YouTube watching spree after I got into 'em (though I've recently started collecting live bootlegs and that, too). Was watching this the other night...exhibit A showcasing Muse's live prowess-"Stockholm Syndrome" from Glastonbury 2004:


Nice megaphone shot there, too-"Feeling Good" is sooooooooo fantastic live. All those pictures are awesome, you did a great job of capturing them in their element there. I should go through and share a few from the show I was at.

And now that you have BH&R, U2Fan101, I agree with the order of the remaining albums U2Fanatic listed there.

Angela
Post ur pics Angela! We would love to see them.

I have the Glastonbury 2004 aka Absolution DVD but it's in PAL format so I can only watch on my puter... I am still trying to see how I can convert it to NTSC.

What I love is the shuffle dance Matt does during Time is Running out from Glastonbury. here it is:
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ha... how bout some hysteria to rock ur socks off...

*headbanging...like Chris*

holy shite!
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Wooooooooo ! Headbanging commenced, Chris-style-that rocked. I love watching them all throw so much personality into their playing-Dom pounding away at the drums, Chris rocking out and doing the cool bass player thing, Matt strutting about and commanding the stage (those moves halfway through...on his knees...uh...yeah ...). That shuffle dance is so cute, too.

Hope you figure out how to convert that DVD. I asked for the Absolution tour DVD for Christmas, here's hoping...

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There is nothing slow about Assassin
if anything Exo Politics slows things down
You're right, the song isn't slow at all...I think what I meant to say is that the album hits a snag at that part or the flow's sort of disrupted or something like that. I don't think "slow" was the right word, I think I meant "snag" .

I like "Exo-Politics"-that spooky, whistling, "X-Files" sound in the background is cool. And the beat is so funky .

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Post ur pics Angela! We would love to see them.
Will do! No closeups of the guys, unfortunately, as we were too far back, and they aren't the best of quality, but there's still some decent shots in there. Their music fit Red Rocks so perfectly (they should've done an homage to U2! LOL):

Dark, but I love the stage lighting in this one:


Better view of the band members in these:




And none of these are mine, as I didn't get any video footage, but a few video clips from others at the show:
Sing For Absolution:

as well as the Zeppelin bit beforehand (I so want to hear them cover "Whole Lotta Love" now...):
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*headbanging...like Chris*

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thats nothing wanna see some Chris headbanging??






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Wooooooooo ! Headbanging commenced, Chris-style-that rocked. I love watching them all throw so much personality into their playing-Dom pounding away at the drums, Chris rocking out and doing the cool bass player thing, Matt strutting about and commanding the stage (those moves halfway through...on his knees...uh...yeah ...). That shuffle dance is so cute, too.

Hope you figure out how to convert that DVD. I asked for the Absolution tour DVD for Christmas, here's hoping...



You're right, the song isn't slow at all...I think what I meant to say is that the album hits a snag at that part or the flow's sort of disrupted or something like that. I don't think "slow" was the right word, I think I meant "snag" .

I like "Exo-Politics"-that spooky, whistling, "X-Files" sound in the background is cool. And the beat is so funky .



Will do! No closeups of the guys, unfortunately, as we were too far back, and they aren't the best of quality, but there's still some decent shots in there. Their music fit Red Rocks so perfectly (they should've done an homage to U2! LOL):

Dark, but I love the stage lighting in this one:


Better view of the band members in these:




And none of these are mine, as I didn't get any video footage, but a few video clips from others at the show:
Sing For Absolution:

as well as the Zeppelin bit beforehand (I so want to hear them cover "Whole Lotta Love" now...):
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The Absolution DVD is not available in the US anymore. You can get it on ebay but it is going to be in PAL (europe's format). Unless you have a dvd player that plays PAL. Or can convert it to NTSC... which I am still trying to figure out..
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Thanks for the pix!
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The Absolution DVD is not available in the US anymore. You can get it on ebay but it is going to be in PAL (europe's format). Unless you have a dvd player that plays PAL. Or can convert it to NTSC... which I am still trying to figure out..
Had a feeling we'd have to get it online, but it's a bummer it's not sold in the U.S. anymore (why not? We deserve to enjoy the Muse goodness, too *Stomps foot*!). Thanks for the info-I don't believe the DVD player we have now does either of those things. It might play on my computer, though-I could live with that until we got an actual DVD player that allowed for both formats.

Different DVD formats suck. Hmph.

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I've heard "Invincible" on my Launchcast. It was pretty good, and I downloaded it from iTunes. Hopefully, there would be more from this band.
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