May 08, 2006

Supermassive Black Hole

So the new Muse single is upon us. This has utterly overshadowed my appreciation of Stadium Arcadium.

So heres the breakdown. First listen you wouldnt believe it was Muse. From the overcomplex bass of Hysteria and the orchestra of Butterflies and Hurricanes, the trio have really gone to their utmost basics. The track sounds incredibly dance like at first. But upon other listens we start to hear Bellamy breaking through. Theres an element of Beck about it too.

The theme of the song sounds typically Muse. Epic space stuff. Blackholes may feature heavily on this album. I predict, like a black hole, we may see some of Bellamy’s genius getting lost in the audio-universe. Maybe hes at the end of his musical peak? Of course not.

Once you get used to such a different jump in style, you start to realise its genius. For a song based heavily on drums with effects, it works. The bass is typical Muse, though screams a bit b-side compared to the major epic pieces found on Absolution, and even the driving bass of Origin. The guitar plays little part other than over-laying the bass. No more crazy sounds and picking, no more harmonics and wibbly bits. Just nice simple dark music.

The song grows on you. After a few listens you really get into the simplicity. As a preview for an album, i predict good things. I feel Muse are going in a not wholly different direction. I feel this single doesnt push Matts limits. Lets hope when ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ is released, I am proved very, very wrong.

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  1. On a different note: Are you classical views–ing tomorrow?

    09 May 2006, 00:26

  2. Carter

    I heard it for the first time today. It's pretty good. However, I have to ask this, because I can't be the only one to have noticed –


    Seriously! If you've never heard the Britney song, download a copy and check out the similarity. Uncanny doesn't cover the half of it…

    09 May 2006, 01:57

  3. No I do agree. I feel as though that sound has been used a lot before. But there are just little in it that scream Muse, which make it different.

    And Im not CVL–ing it tommorrow. We dont have it do we?

    09 May 2006, 08:11

  4. I've got no idea. :S I wasn't there last week so missed any annoucement etc. But i might not go as if its on at all, it'll be a revision session.

    09 May 2006, 09:06

  5. Paul W

    Muse are shit. And so are you.

    Get a life you sad twat.


    26 May 2006, 00:25

  6. Squirly

    You gotta love the idiots….

    19 Jun 2006, 12:11

  7. MT Eve


    06 Dec 2006, 20:58

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