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Black Holes and Revelations

Muse

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iTunes Editors' Notes

Either Muse singer Matthew Bellamy grew up idolizing the glitzy romance and bellowing caterwauls of popsingers such as Bryan Ferry, Bono and Radiohead's Thom Yorke, or there's an incredible coincidence goin' on — made even more pronounced by the fact that his group performs an attractive blend of arena-glam rock buttressed by fat synthesizer lines and excitably funky grooves that often recall the similar grandiose visions of the aforementioned. The Devon, UK group's fourth studio album, Black Holes, is put together and paced like an old school album, beginning with the introductory mood of "Take a Bow" and building toward crescendos that work most effectively heard in sequence. "Supermassive Black Hole" channels T. Rex and Prince and nicely dovetails into the U2 meets Depeche Mode shaker "Map of the Problematique." "Invincible"'s shimmering dreamlike quality recalls the pop patina of Travis' Radiohead-lite, setting up the purebred aggression of "Assassin," where Muse emulate a hard rock ensemble. It's this flexible ambition that allows the group to escape the derivative tag and makes this ambitious album a pleasure to listen to and to deconstruct.

Customer Reviews

Leur meilleur album

Etant un fan inconditionnel de ce groupe, Black Holes & Revelations est pour moi leur meilleur album. On y retrouve le son de Muse avec de nouvelles sonorités dont certaines électro.
De la première à la onzième piste cet album nous enmène sur un tas de genre musicaux, on avait jamais pu jusqu'à présent rencontrer une telle diversité sur un album, et ça sonne bien !
Matt et ses compères ont dévoilés leurs talents comme jamais au delà de "The Resistance" je penses, et c'est là et seulement sur cet album qu'on peut observer la diversité des influences du groupe anglais. ( Sans critiquer les autres albums tout aussi géniaux )
Black Holes & Revelations est donc un album a posséder !

Un sacré son

Je découvre progressivement le son "Muse" que je n'avais connu que par "Starlight" (hit un peu "commercial" finalement). Dans cet album, je suis scotché par "Map of the Problematique" dont le son est incroyable, qui rappelle U2 et Depeche Mode. Je me le passe en boucle depuis 1 semaine.
Rythme plus "calme" : Supermasive Black Hole.
Chaque morceau semble créer un univers totalement différent, mais son et orchestration sont toujours bien "léchés".
J'écoute maintenant les autres titres pour voir ceux qui vont bientôt entrer dans mon esprit.

Bon album...

Des chansons géniales (Knights of Cydonia, Map of the Problematique, Starlight), un OVNI (Supermassive Black Hole - qui reste bien comme chanson mais c'est pas du Muse ;) et le reste qui est bien, simplement.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Teignmouth, Devon, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Muse's fusion of progressive rock, glam, electronica, and Radiohead-influenced experimentation is crafted by guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and drummer Dominic Howard. Bored by the sleepy life provided by their hometown of Teignmouth, Devon, the three British friends began playing music together. They started the first incarnation of their band while only 13 years old, changing the name of the group from Gothic Plague to Fixed Penalty to Rocket Baby Dolls as time...
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