CD Review :: Muse - Blackholes And Relevations
1) Take A Bow
3) Supermassive Black Hole
4) Map Of The Problematique
5) Soldier’s Poem
9) City Of Delusion
11) Knights Of Cydonia
12) Glorious (Bonus Track)
Just performed yesterday at Fort Canning Park to a sell out crowd of over 6,000 fans is UK band Muse . In fact all tickets were sold out to the extent that LAMC Productions extended the sale of 500 extra tickets costing S$112 each a day before Muse's gig took place & it was the 1st time that Muse performed live in S'pore .
I only heard about Muse last year cos of the release of the 1st single from their 4th album Blackholes And Relevations which was Supermassive Black Hole & they were MTV Asia Moto Artist for last year too in which the month I can't remember .
When I 1st heard that song , I dismissed it cos it sounded strange & I thought they're a new band . Imagine my surprise when I dug up somemore info about them & they have been around since '94 ! See that goes to show how terribly ignorant I'm .
Muse consists of Matthew Bellamy (vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano), Dominic Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals). As of the release of Blackholes And Relevations , Morgan Nicholls assists the band during live performances, providing additional keyboards, samples and backing vocals.
My opinions about Muse's music soon changed after I heard their follow up which's the gorgeous Starlight . It was only til I heard their next single Knights Of Cydonia on their MySpace which practically sealed the deal for me in which led me to grab a copy of Blackholes And Relevations . Even my good friend highly recommended their album in which he said that it's great although I read a fair bit of mixed reviews about Muse's latest release .
I have been spinning the album non stop since Mon & I love it . The guitar riffs of the songs on the album are very kick ass & punchy . It's not your usual straight mix of rock . Rather it's a mixture of rock/funk & other music genres thrown together in your face . Some people might not appreciate this kinda rojak mix but I personally like it !
The album kicks off with a great track Take A Bow followed by the gorgeous Starlight & then the 1st single Supermassive Black Hole in which after I listened to it a few more times , I really like it right now .
& track no4 will be the new single that Muse's scheduled to release real soon which's Map Of The Problematique . It's a strange title yes but I guarantee that this track's nothing short of being fantastic & it was followed by an interlude Soldier's Poem . I wish that was a song instead of an interlude .
After Soldier's Poem , it was the ballad Invincible which's a great track & it's 1 of the few songs on the CD that allows frontman Matt to show his vocal chops & the next track in the line is another of my fave which's the kick ass Assassin . Love the guitar riffs on it , it screams out anger . Well to me that's
Exo-Politics is nice too , as well as City Of Delusion . The opening of Hoodoo sounds like something straight from a western cowboy theme movie & yes when I 1st heard it , I thought it's really cheesy but at least when the song progressed further , it sounds awesome .
& what better way to close the album than the fantastic 3rd single Knights Of Cydonia ! When I 1st heard that on MySpace , it blown me away big time & that made me decide to get a copy of their CD on Monday .
Who would have thought that I will be listening & liking to Muse's music now where in the beginning I said that I will not be caught dead listening to them . Ha I'm eating my own words right outta myself !
It's quite embarrassing that I only got to know of Muse only recently but I suppose it's better than nothing . Even though I missed their debut gig in S'pore yesterday , but it's ok . Maybe I should start listening to their older material now if that's the case to get to know them better but yes I love Blackholes And Relevations .
They're great live & you should watch Starlight being done live at last year's MTV Europe Music Awards or just buy their DVDs . Rather buy Hullabaloo which's highly recommended by my friend !