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  2. I just meant Muse in this categorisation. Maybe with the exception of the Dark side and parts of the Void, there's nothing on ST which felt like they were doing anything interesting with the synths. I think Muse do excel when they when they incorporate these elements into their own sound like in Space Dementia, Bliss, Isolated System and Map of the Problematique. Muse have always felt more interesting when they blend genres rather than chasing the zeitgeist. I really love Pressure and Break It To Me because they fuse their pop and hard guitar instincts into really catchy melodies. Opinions vary I know, and Muse can't be doing the same thing every album, but I'd like to see them work a bit harder, like write 15 or 16 songs and leave some on the cutting floor (or god forbid b-sides even!), rather than 10-11 tracks with no sense of quality control.
  3. "In the US the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the right to try to take down people like Obama and put forward right-wing libertarianism [populism]," Matt Bellamy said. Defining himself as "a left-leaning libertarian – more in the realm of Noam Chomsky," he added: "Uprising was requested by so many politicians in America for use in their rallies and we turned them down on a regular basis." - The Observer interview with Matt in 2012 "The track [Thought Contagion] was inspired by watching rolling news in America, and seeing how it influenced voters. "We're living in an age where truth is getting less airtime than falsities; and that's a scary thing," said Bellamy. "When you live in that bubble, and see that bubble, the scariest thing about it all is you realise people's minds can be influenced by false belief systems or incorrect thinking." The title of the song came from a Richard Dawkins book that suggested that thoughts can become contagious and spread like a virus, "regardless of their accuracy and truth". In the chorus, Bellamy sings, "you've been bitten by a true believer / you've been bitten by someone who's hungrier than you". He said the lyric was a reference to preachers and pundits whose "belief system is in some way under threat". "They're the ones who scream the loudest and get the most airtime." - Mark Savage BBC Music Reporter interview with Matt in February 2018 On the cover of Black Holes and Revelations appear the four horsemen of the apocalypse as envisioned by MUSE and Storm Thorgerson presaging contemporary social and political dangers Paranoia (eyes) Intolerance and False Messiahs (religious symbols) Narcissism (mirrors) Greed and Corruption (in gold) - Lyrics to 'Take A Bow'
  4. Simulation Theory was my favourite album since...probably BH&R, but what they did with synths felt less like them perfecting the sound they had dabbled in before and more like just leaving it behind to copy a particular synthwave sound. I don't see much continuity other than just "they used synths". "Synths should augment the piano and guitar pieces, not replace them" is a pretty strange take though. There's plenty of artists who simply make synth music with the synth as the main instrument.
  5. Don’t get me wrong, ‘less is more’ is never completely irrelevant, but has excess not always kinda been a big part of Muse’s pull? Don’t really understand the idea that a synth should only be used to back the instruments they’re more known for either, making it the primary instrument for a change seems like it’d be way more likely to result in something new. By the sounds of Matt’s current solo stuff and how he’s described the stuff he makes alone, I think there’s a decent chance he could make something quite different - more heady and less bombastic. With Muse, I do think ST was probably their ‘synth’ album tbh and it was a decent step up from what they’d dabbled with before but I’d like something that really went all in. You never know though, if they wanna avoid repeating themselves I can’t think of many other places they have left to go.
  6. AMAZING DEVON TIMELINE - SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS 1977 Chris Martin born in Exeter and later attends local prep school Hylton School and Exeter Cathedral School and forms his first band the Rockin' Honkies and writes his first songs before going to Dorset to study at Sherborne School from 1990-1995 and University College in London where he met his future bandmates and formed Starfish in 1996 [later renamed Coldplay in 1998] 1985-86 Dominic Howard and family move to Teignmouth at age 8 1987-91 Thom Yorke attends Exeter University to pursue a degree in English and Fine Art and also forms a new local band Headless Chickens while his first band On A Friday [later renamed Radiohead] was on hiatus. He plays gigs at local venues and also DJ's and signs a record deal in 1991. Future album tracks 'High and Dry' and 'Creep' reportedly composed in Exeter during this time 1988-89 Matt Bellamy and family move to Teignmouth at age 10 1989-90 Chris Wolstenholme and family move to Teignmouth at age 11 1989-90 These five future rock musicians and multi-millionaires whose bands would collectively sell over 120 million albums worldwide and gross nearly $2 billion in concert ticket sales on their many tours and win 15 GRAMMY Awards were all living within about 15 miles of each other in Devon in SW England 1994 MUSE is formed after several personnel and name changes 2000 Coldplay opens for MUSE at 8 gigs in the UK in May and June including 2 at the Astoria club in London After MUSE winning Best Alternative Act in 2010 at the American Music Awards and before leaving the stage with Matt and Dom, whom did video director and close friend of the band Tom Kirk thank instead of GOD in accepting the award while Chris was away in the UK: Charles Darwin Matt's Favourite Composers: Top 3 (Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Liszt) followed in no particular order by JS Bach, Glass, Morricone, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Berlioz, Elgar, Albinoni, Barber, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos, and Palestrina Most MUSE riffs played by Matt - Top Classical Composers Rachmaninoff (4) Prelude in B-Flat Major Op. 23 No. 2 - [Played several times during the Origin of Symmetry era] Prelude in G-Minor Op. 23 No. 5 - [Assassin track on Black Holes and Revelations] Prelude in C-Sharp Minor Op. 3 No. 2 - [Played several times during the Origin of Symmetry era] Piano Concerto No. 2 [Inspired and influenced several MUSE tracks: Space Dementia, Megalomania, Butterflies & Hurricanes, Exogenesis Symphony and Neutron Star Collision Chopin (4) Nocturne in E-Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2 - [Collateral Damage track on The Resistance] Étude Op. 25, No. 12 in C-Minor (Ocean) - [Blockades track on Simulation Theory] Étude Op. 10, No. 3 in E-Major (Tristesse) - [Prelude track on The 2nd Law] Étude Op. 10, No. 1 in C Major - [Sunburn track on Showbiz] JS Bach (4) Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor (BWV 565) - [Plug in Baby track on Origin of Symmetry] Bourrée from Suite in E minor for Lute (BWV 996) - [May have inspired both tracks Falling Away With You on Absolution and Blackbird by the Beatles] Prelude No. 1 in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier (BWV 846) - [Unintended (Acoustic) track from Cryosleep (Matt's solo EP)] Prelude in C Minor for Lute (BMV 999) - [May have inspired Pray track from Cryosleep (Matt's solo EP)]
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  8. More Sundry Fun Facts and Trivia... In November 2009 during rehearsals for the Children in Need charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Matt and his band mates noticed Sir Paul McCartney was watching them play at the side of the stage. Eight years later in January 2018 Sir Paul joined The Jaded Hearts Club [w/ Matt on bass guitar] on stage at a charity event in Los Angeles to sing two of his Beatles songs: 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Helter Skelter.' On 4 July 2010 at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark Matt disguised himself as a member of the crew with gaffer tape to watch Prince perform some of his greatest hits including 'Kiss' on the side of the stage. In 2012 MUSE covered 'Sign o' the Times' at three gigs in Paris, London, and Los Angeles. Later during the recording of Simulation Theory, Matt composed and produced track 'Propaganda' along with Timbaland. “We had this sort of Prince thing going on. My voice is not a traditional rock voice, so with my falsetto I like to go down the Prince route. That is what that song is really. It’s influenced by hip-hop and funk. Jumps out as being influenced by the American beat — a slow, almost hip-hop type beat”. The lyrics for these two songs address contemporary social and political issues. One of the band's biggest hit singles 'Supermassive Black Hole' also has Prince-like funk elements and falsetto vocals. Top Rock Guitarists who have inspired and influenced Matt the most: Jimi Hendrix, Tom Morello and Jeff Buckley Other Favourite Rock Bands by Matt, Dom and Chris early in their career: Nirvana, Primus, Deftones, and Smashing Pumpkins Most Different Rock Riffs Played by MUSE - Top 2 Artists Rage Against the Machine (14 songs in no particular order or ranking) Freedom Maggie's Farm [Bob Dylan cover] Killing In The Name Know Your Enemy People Of The Sun Township Rebellion Bulls on Parade Testify Bombtrack Microphone Fiend [Rakim & Eric B cover] Revolver How I Could Just Kill A Man [Cypress Hill cover] War Within A Breath Snakecharmer [No riff played but could have inspired track Hyper Music on Origin of Symmetry] Nirvana (7) Lithium [Performed 2 times in 2014 at Lollapalooza-Brazil and Coachella in California to remember the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's passing] Endless Nameless School Negative Creep Very Ape Breed tourette's [Performed only once at the band's first gig as MUSE in Dawlish-Devon in March 1994]
  9. BILLBOARD UPDATES Most Top 10s, Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart in the USA (JUNE 2009-CURRENT) 13, Cage the Elephant 13, Foo Fighters 12, Shinedown 12, twenty one pilots 10, The Black Keys 10, Imagine Dragons 10, Muse 8, Coldplay 8, Rise Against 8, Weezer SOURCE: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/chart-beat/9605198/foo-fighters-tie-most-rock-alternative-airplay-number-1s-cage-the-elephant/ MUSE songs ranked by peak position reached on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart based on weekly spins monitored by MRC Data at 60+ modern rock radio stations in the USA: 1 "Madness" (a chart record-setting 19 non-consecutive weeks @ No. 1 and 38 consecutive weeks in the top ten and a total of 41 weeks on the chart) - Certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA selling over 2 million downloads plus streaming - Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #45 and Billboard Triple A Chart Peak Position #4 #1 "Uprising" (17 non-consecutive weeks @ No. 1; 28 weeks in the top three; 44 weeks in the top ten; and 53 total weeks on the chart) - Certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2010 but now has sold over 3 million downloads - Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #37 #1 "Dead Inside" (5 weeks @ No. 1 and 20 total weeks on the chart) - Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay Chart Peak Position at #10 and Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #111 #1 "Resistance" (4 weeks @ No. 1 and 33 total weeks on the chart) - Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #114 #1 "Thought Contagion" (1 week @ No. 1 and 20 total weeks on the chart) - Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay Chart Peak Position at #9 #2 "Starlight" (Certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1 million downloads - 3 weeks @ No. 2 and 26 total weeks on the chart) - Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #101 #2 "Panic Station" (14 weeks in the Top 10 and 24 total weeks on the chart) #3 "Dig Down" - 20 total weeks on chart #4 "Undisclosed Desires" #5 "Pressure" - 21 weeks at Alternative [Peaked at #19 at Mainstream] #6 "Supermassive Black Hole" - Certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1 million digital downloads #9 "Hysteria" - Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak Position #118 #9 "Time Is Running Out" - First single for the band debuted on the U.S. charts in April 2004 - Certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 downloads #10 "Knights of Cydonia" - Certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 downloads #10 "Mercy" #10 "Something Human" - Billboard Triple A Chart Peak Position #9 #14 "Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)" - Billboard Hot 100 Chart Debut and Peak Position #77 #19 "Follow Me" #31 "Stockholm Syndrome" #39 "Psycho" - Also peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart Other Charts: #32 "The Dark Side" - Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart Peak Position - Promo Track #37 "Reapers" - Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart Peak Position and also made it to #2 at Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay #39 "Survival" - Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart Peak Position - Promo Track #39 "Supremacy" - Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart Peak Position - Promo Track MUSE Albums ranked by peak positions reached on the Billboard 200 chart: #1 Drones (79k+ first week pure album sales and over 250k units sold to date) #2 The 2nd Law (Certified Gold by the RIAA - Over 500k units sold to date) #3 The Resistance (Certified Platinum by the RIAA - Over 1 million units sold to date) #9 Black Holes and Revelations (Certified Platinum by the RIAA - Over 1 million units sold to date) #12 Simulation Theory (33k first week pure album sales and over 200k equivalent album units sold to date) #46 HAARP (CD/DVD Certified Gold by the RIAA) #107 Absolution (Certified Platinum by the RIAA - Over 1 million units sold to date) #115 Live at Rome Olympic Stadium - Over 20k copies sold to date #161 Origin of Symmetry (Debuted for one week in January 2010) Other charts: #1 Absolution (Heatseekers Albums) - Peak position reached in July 2004 ranking debut albums not making the Top 100 tier on the Billboard 200 chart #3 Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX (Top Vinyl Album Sales) - Debuted in July 2021 #6 Simulation Theory (Top Album Sales) - Debuted in November 2018 #15 Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX (Top Album Sales) - 3k first week pure album sales in July 2021 #97 Origin of Muse (Top Current Albums) - Deluxe box set compilation of Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry album recordings including early demos and B-side tracks selling about 1k units in it first week of release in December 2019 Original post retrieved and updated from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  10. Fun Facts from past interviews and various web sites Some of the first songs Matt learned on the guitar: Shazam by Duane Eddy Grace by Jeff Buckley Blue Valentines by Tom Waits Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega Études Simples No. 6 by Leo Brouwer Some of the first songs Matt learned on the piano: What'd I Say by Ray Charles [Played at a local talent competition in Teignmouth won by Matt at age 13] The theme from the American TV night-time soap opera Dallas which aired from 1978-1991 [Urged to play at age 6 at home by his older brother] Songs composed by Matt covered by notable artists: Uprising by Andra Day in 2012 Starlight by the Killers at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2017 Endlessly by Renée Fleming in 2010 - Track on her album Dark Hope Endlessly by Ewan McGregor in 2020 - From Episode 6 of his documentary series "Long Way Up" Soaked by Adam Lambert in 2009 - Track on his album For Your Entertainment Madness by Chris Martin in 2012 - Snippet played during Coldplay's performance of Clocks at the Stade de France
  11. I wouldn't mind a deeper dive into synths but considering Simulation Theory barely got past the intro to Stranger Things, I have severe doubts. Muse tend to dabble with a genre for an album but get bored of it before they even finish recording. The problem with synths is that it plays to Matt's excesses, adding layer upon layer but contributing little, which ends up with songs that are completely limp live. Synths should augment the piano and guitar pieces, not replace them.
  12. ^ add Algorithm to this conversation also please I’ll be honest, in terms of compelling piano usage, I don’t think the balance has been that different between the 2 halves of their career. I’d like a deeper dive into synth stuff personally, feels like that has the most untapped potential.
  13. Cryosleep by Matt Bellamy debuts at #46 on the latest Official UK Album Downloads chart compiled by the Official Charts Company. The limited edition [4000 pressed worldwide] picture disc vinyl LP+ was held up by French customs so no physical copies were apparently available at retail for pickup or shipping for Record Store Day this past week in the UK or continental Europe. Not affected markets include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. MUSE Top Venues Ranked by Total Career Estimated Grosses and Attendance: 1. Stade de France/Saint-Denis ($35 Million and 430,000 Concert-goers at 6 shows from 2010-2019) 2. Wembley Stadium/London ($20 Million and 260,000 Concert-goers at 4 shows in 2007 and 2010) 3. O2 Arena/London ($16.8 Million and 195,000 Concert-goers at 11 shows from 2009-2019) 4. Bercy Arena/Paris ($12 Million and 190,000 Concert-goers at 11 shows from 2003-2016) 5. Palacio de los Deportes/Mexico City ($9.4 Million and 188,000 Concert-goers at 8 shows from 2007-2015) 6. Stadio San Siro/Milan ($9.1 Million and 142,000 Concert-goers at 3 shows in 2010 and 2019) 7. Stade de Suisse Wankdorf/Bern ($8.7 Million and 80,000 Concert-goers at 2 shows in 2010 and 2013) 8. Rod Laver Arena/Melbourne ($7.7 Million from 76,000 Concert-goers at 6 shows from 2007-2017) 9. Foro Sol/Mexico City ($7.5 Million from 150,000 Concert-goers at 3 shows in 2010 and 2019) 10. Emirates Stadium/London ($7.4 Million from 89,500 Concert-goers at 2 shows in 2013) 11. Goffertpark/Nijmegen ($7.1 Million from 115,000 Concert-goers at 2 shows in 2010 and 2019) 12. Stadio Olimpico/Rome ($7.0 Million from 111,000 Concert-goers at 2 shows in 2013 and 2019) 13. Etihad Stadium/Manchester ($7.0 Million from 84,500 Concert-goers at 2 shows in 2013 and 2019) 14. Manchester Arena/Manchester ($6.7 Million from 100,000 Concert-goers at 6 shows from 2003-2016 15. London Stadium/London ($6.7 Million from 72,000 Concert-goers at 1 show in 2019) 16. Staples Center/Los Angeles ($6.5 Million from 110,000 Concert-goers at 7 shows from 2010-2015)
  14. Absolutely. Sadly, I don't really like that the piano has turned into either a background instrument or just an instrument for ballads. The Void (acoustic, which I still can't believe didn't get strings. Criminal) and Isolated System are both great though.
  15. Did have a listen to the Void shortly after making that comment and it has grown on me somewhat. But one song out of three albums over 9 years is a bit disappointing considering the pedigree of the first four albums.
  16. MUSE Career Shows (1,578) at Notable Venues by Market from 1994-2020: United Kingdom (407) [England 365; Scotland 26; Wales 11; and Northern Ireland 5] 35 Cavern Club - Exeter, Devon 12 O2 Arena - North Greenwich, London [Includes 1 BRIT Awards performance] 10 Top of the Pops (BBC) - London 8 The Cooperage - Plymouth, Devon 6 Leeds Festival - Leeds 6 Reading Festival - Reading 6 Manchester Arena - Manchester 6 Astoria - London 6 Later...with Jools Holland (BBC) - London 5 Glastonbury Festival - Pilton 5 T in the Park - Kinross, Scotland 5 Bull & Gate - London 4 Wembley Stadium - London 4 Wembley Arena - London 4 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire - London 2 Emirates Stadium - London 2 Etihad Stadium - Manchester 2 London Stadium - London [Includes 2012 Summer Olympics performance] 2 The Den - Teignmouth, Devon United States (359): 8 Staples Center - Los Angeles [Includes 1 GRAMMY Awards performance) 5 Madison Square Garden - New York City 4 Coachella Festival - Indio, CA 4 Pechanga Arena - San Diego, CA [Includes 1 public dress rehearsal performance] 5 Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA [Includes 1 Christmas holiday radio station show] 4 United Center - Chicago, IL France (139): 12 Bercy Arena - Paris [Includes one 1999 gig supporting RHCP and Foo Fighters] 6 Stade de France - Saint Denis/Paris 5 Festival des Vieilles - Carhaix 4 Halle Tony Garnier - Lyon 4 Festival de Nîmes - Nîmes 3 La Cigale - Paris 2 Le Zenith - Paris 1 Le Bataclan - Paris 1 La Tour Eiffel - Paris 1 Parc des Princes Two more festival gigs in Normandy and Belfort are scheduled in 2022 Germany (104): 6 Rock Am Ring Festival - Nürburg [Another show is scheduled in 2022] 6 Rock Im Park - Nürnberg [Another show is scheduled in 2022] 5 Große Freiheit 36 - Hamburg 4 Columbiahalle - Berlin 3 Mercedes-Benz Arena - Berlin 3 Barclaycard Arena - Hamburg 3 Lanxess Arena - Köln 3 Olympiahalle - München 1 RheinEnergieStadion - Köln Australia (61): 17 Big Day Out Festival - Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Perth 6 Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne 4 Qudos Arena - Sydney 3 Festival Hall - Melbourne 3 Hordern Pavilion - Sydney Italy (49): 7 Mediolanum Forum di Assago - Milan [Including 1 X Factor Italia Finale performance] 3 Stadio San Siro - Milan 2 Stadio Olimpico - Rome 2 Stadio Olimpico di Torino - Turin 2 Arena di Verona - Verona Another festival gig in Florence is scheduled in 2022 Japan (48): 4 Fuji Festival - Naeba Ski Resort Yuzawa 3 Zepp - Tokyo 2 Yokohama Arena - Yokohama 2 Super Arena - Saitama 2 Summer Sonic Festival - Osaka Canada (45): 5 Bell Centre - Montreal 5 Scotiabank Arena - Toronto 3 Centre Videotron - Quebec City 2 Colisee Pepsi - Quebec City Spain (33): 5 Palacio de Los Deportes - Madrid 3 Benicassim Festival - Valencia 2 Xacobeo Festival - Santiago de Compostela 1 Estadio Wanda Metropolitano - Madrid 1 Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys - Barcelona 1 Estadio Vicente Calderon - Madrid 1 Estadio San Mames - Bilbao Two more festival gigs in Madrid and Mallorca are scheduled in 2022 Switzerland (32): 4 Paleo Festival - Nyon 3 Hallenstadion - Zurich 2 Stade de Suisse Wankdorf - Bern Netherlands (30): 5 Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam 3 Pinkpop Festival - Landgraaf 2 Goffertpark - Nijmegen Belgium (25): 9 Rock Werchter Festival Park - Werchter 4 Palais 12 Laeken - Brussels 3 Sportpaleis Merksem - Antwerp Ireland (20) Denmark (19) Norway (19) Austria (17) [Another festival gig in Nickelsdorf is scheduled in 2022] Mexico (17) Portugal (15) Sweden (14) Finland (13) Brazil (12) Russia (11) - Россия Argentina (9) Hungary (6) Poland (6) New Zealand (6) South Korea (6) Latvia (5) Czech Republic (4) Greece (4) Chile (4) Luxembourg (4) Singapore (4) Hong Kong (3) Turkey (3) Ukraine (3) China Mainland (2) - 中国大陆 Iceland (2) Romania (2) Colombia (2) South Africa (2) United Arab Emirates (2) - Abu Dhabi and Dubai حب و سلام Croatia (1) Serbia (1) Estonia (1) Lithuania (1) Monaco (1) Peru (1) Indonesia (1) Malaysia (1) Thailand (1) Taiwan (1) Source: setlist.fm Retrieved and updated from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
  17. Time for a ‘Jeff’s Guitar’ EP. It would be blasphemous and tacky, but he’s passed that station anyway with Guiding light, so what the hell. Spiral Static Shine Falling Down Unintended FAWY Hoodoo Endlessly (maybe?) Animals (Doing a Knopfler on Buckley’s guitar, fuck it) Nishe And then a guitar version of Feeling Good to mirror Lilac Wine. Guiding Light (instrumental) Anything else? A completely reworked soulful version Uno, maybe?
  18. Origin of Symmetry is the top selling vinyl album in Spain this past week according to Promusicae and also enters at #14 on the Top 100 albums chart in that market. It also debuts at #11 on the albums chart in neighboring Portugal. It spends a second consecutive week on the UK album charts (OCC) dropping to #79 Sales and #81 Physical and on the France Top Albums Physiques chart falling to #71 and on the Belgium-Wallonia album chart descending to #74.
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  20. Origin of Symmetry debuts on two Billboard album charts in the United States: #3 Vinyl Albums #15 Top Album Sales [New Peak] I am estimating it sold about 3K copies this past week presumably most of them the XX Anniversary RemiXX edition on vinyl. The original Origin of Symmetry debuted belatedly at #161 in January 2010 for one week on the Billboard 200 album chart which at that time was sales-based only. It likely sold about 3K copies that week as well. Matt raises funds for the homeless population in the UK: https://www.empeda.com/muses-matt-bellamy-auctions-off-song-recorded-with-jeff-buckleys-tele-as-an-nft-for-26000/
  21. Take a bow is ok, some bits sound like the original recording some bits you can feel the years on the voice (and that's ok). I hope it's an indication that perhaps we'll get a pure piano muse track, I'm struggling to think of anything since Exogenesis where I felt Matt was trying to do something interesting other than mess around with waveforms on a synthesiser. Would have preferred a version of Shine on Jeff's guitar or possibly Spiral Static as both those tracks have his influence at its strongest. Perhaps a full out cover could be in order for the future. But please for the love of God, stop trying to make Guiding Light a thing....
  22. Jobby

    Origin XX

    They also say “the reissue is definitive” though, soooo I find it amazing that they point out New Born’s drums specifically as something that improved, when to me they stand out for exactly the opposite. Nah in all seriousness, I relistened to it all last night in super quality with headphones and honestly some of it is incredible, enough to make me a bit emotional even. Futurism is one of the best mixes I think I’ve ever heard, full stop. Hyper Music is comically blown out to fuck, there’s a weird hiss at the start of Bliss and a few songs have weak drums in spots but, other than that, the mixes themselves are great. Just wish they’d been able to hold back in terms of tampering with the original, it keeps songs like Space Dementia/CE/Micro Cuts from being my new go-to versions. Black Holes next with Futurism treatment and personally consult me with what to re-add or take away and I’ll cry. Edit: also, got a response to my support email, says they’re unaware of the Micro Cuts issue 🤨 doubt, but they say they’ve forwarded it higher for now
  23. Nice! I think Pitchfork’s Sunday series of reviews of classics they’ve previously overlooked is (on their own scale) a bit skewed towards the positive. Probably because they are reviewed by people who already have an affinity for the albums, otherwise they wouldn’t consider them overlooked. And, of course, a contemporary review carries a lot of hindsight within it, with time and Muse’s consequent (Post Absolution) releases lifting OoS into a more favorable light over time. I’m sure they would have hated it back on the day.
  24. Album: Cryosleep Apple iTunes All-Genre Album Chart Positions During First Week of Release from 16-22 July 2021: #1 Ukraine #4 Chile #6 New Zealand #9 Mexico #20 United Kingdom (Peak #15) #31 Belgium (Peak #28) #31 Netherlands (Peak #8) #63 France (Peak #21) #65 Switzerland (Peak #39) #84 Australia (Peak #30) #114 Russia (Peak #71) #304 United States (Peak #255) #344 Germany (Peak #337) #424 Canada (Peak #217) Origin of Symmetry also re-entered the latest weekly album charts in the USA, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium and debuted in Spain for the first time. See updated details in the preceding post. MUSE Spotify Streams as of July 2021 (Top 5 From Each Album Era) • SHOWBIZ: Unintended (33,000,000+) Sunburn (28,000,000+) Muscle Museum (22,000,000+) Showbiz (8,000,000+) Cave (7,000,000+) • ORIGIN OF SYMMETRY: Feeling Good (94,000,000+) Plug In Baby (90,000,000+) New Born (55,000,000+) Bliss (34,000,000+) Citizen Erased (16,000,000+) • ABSOLUTION: Hysteria (135,000,000+) Time Is Running Out (132,000,000+) Stockholm Syndrome (36,000,000+) Butterflies & Hurricanes (26,000,000+) Sing for Absolution (21,000,000+) • BLACK HOLES AND REVELATIONS: Supermassive Black Hole (262,000,000+) Starlight (237,000,000+) Knights Of Cydonia (144,000,000+) Map Of The Problematique (33,000,000+) Assassin (19,000,000+) • THE RESISTANCE: Uprising (380,000,000+) Undisclosed Desires (124,000,000+) Resistance (75,000,000+) I Belong To You (23,000,000+) Unnatural Selection (22,000,000+) • THE 2ND LAW: Madness (225,000,000+) Panic Station (62,000,000+) Supremacy (57,000,000+) Survival (34,000,000+) Follow Me (31,000,000+) • DRONES: Psycho (167,000,000+) Mercy (66,0000,000+) Dead Inside (66,000,000+) Reapers (41,000,000+) The Handler (31,000,000+) • SIMULATION THEORY: Pressure (73,000,000+) Thought Contagion (60,000,000+) Dig Down (53,000,000+) The Dark Side (31,000,000+) Something Human (30,000,000+)
  25. Literally spent the entire second half just repeating “go on Matt lad” at increasing volumes Shouldn’t really be a surprise that he can still achieve that in-studio tbf but I guess you get used to hearing it in a live environment so much that you think that’s all his voice can do. The last harmony was gorgeous as well, was wondering how he’d pull that off as the song went on.
  26. First sign-in ages but I had to comment on that four-hand version of Take A Bow, just brilliant. I honestly thought he would have played it half a step down. He nailed that final third so much. Even without the vocals it's a great little rendition.
  27. Jobby

    Origin XX

    I mentioned in my email from the off that I didn’t think sending new copies would solve anything since, by all accounts, it’s a universal problem with this pressing. Followed that up by asking if things would be fixed with a future pressing and if there was any idea when that might be, so we could get a copy then instead (either sent as a replacement or with refund money). Fingers crossed they’re working something out 🤞
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