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Dysfunco

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  1. Not sure but I'm very pleased as long as they don't. Sometimes the truth is harsh.
  2. As much as like Bliss, I personally don't see much of a point in playing Bliss as he can barely sing it anyway, it just sounds strained and in recent years he also messes up the vocal rhythm/timing. IMO it may have been a better fit if some of Bliss was implemented as part of the medley, and New Born instead was played in it's entirety.
  3. I think it's good they set for a gospel version of Dig Down, as it would be too similar to Madness otherwise (which, at the other hand, they wouldn't need to play at all if I were to decide). I think the song I least want them the keep is Mercy, I don't like the way Matt have messed up the rhythm and timing of the vocals the last couple of years. It's sound so much worse than it did when Drones came out. It's not the only song affected by this, but here it's as it most evident and annoying IMO. I'd also prefer Blockades over Propaganda, and perhaps The Void somehere at the end, maybe as closer? MOTP would fit very well with the overall setting and colour scheme, too. The shows of this tour looks very cool and nice visually though, I must say, and the use of people on stage didn't turn out the way I feared. It's being implemented tastefully overall.
  4. Do you mean it was exciting, or would be? Because there are clips on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/embed/XCOvv50EaeY
  5. Algorithm and Break it to Me debuts sounded good. Thought Contagion seem to get worse and worse, though. Especially the verses which was the least problem in the beginning? Sounds rushed and different vocally.
  6. Yeah, hope it will come a better clip somewhere. It's obviously recorded in England, but exclusively for this Japanese show.
  7. Just stumbled across this, hopefully a better quality clip will reach the surface in the near future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_7gm8b6lAk
  8. Yea, I saw that too. It's interesting how a song can be a "hit" even before it's been released, isn't it?
  9. Brass section, as previously pointed out, doesn't sound very good but Matts vocal delivery is the best one live so far, I think.
  10. I'm a bit concerned with their live performances overall since The Drones Tour ended. I feel as if they aren't playing their songs with the authority, confidence and professionalism they used to. The delivery seems a bit more sloppy at times and... yeah I don't know. I've looked back at some early performances of Drones songs recently and it was just a higher level overall. Also Matts microphone technique gets worse and worse, I feel. Vocals cuts out back and fourth in a way that just doesn't sound very good, it doesn't have the "volume compensation" effect I assume he's aiming for. I will be interesting to see if it gets better once they start a more proper, longer and on-going tour again. Not a fan of the clothing so far either. Matts basically had the same kind of cloths as he's wore since Drones tour ended, so you don't get that thought-out visual profile thing, so to speak. Maybe they're waiting for the real album tour to begin... but yeah, I'd wish something else than bomber and souvenir jackets of different kinds, anyway.
  11. I'm a bit concerned with their live performances overall since The Drones Tour ended. I feel as if they aren't playing their songs with the authority, confidence and professionalism they used to. The delivery seems a bit more sloppy at times and... yeah I don't know. I've looked back at some early performances of Drones songs recently and it was just a higher level overall. Also Matts microphone technique gets worse and worse, I feel. Vocals cuts out back and fourth in a way that just doesn't sound very good, it doesn't have the "volume compensation" effect I assume he's aiming for.
  12. I personally hear some traces of MK Ultra and Uprising in Blockades. Verses have some vocal melody similarities with MK Ultra, although its perhaps a bit subtle, and the word "raze" in the chorus sounds very similar in tone to Uprisings "degrading".. Wouldn't call it very similar overall though. I wish they could've done something with the choruses though, especially the last one. Changing drum pattern or whatever. It just get slightly too repetitive and boring, you kind of wait for something to happen. I like when a song go somewhere else further down the line -- like Dead Inside or The Handler to mention two more recent examples. Simulation Theory has a few too many cases of un-imaginative song structures, with a third more or less identical chorus at the end. Algoritm has a very cool, tasteful and effectful structure though, that continues to build up and develop from the beginning to the end -- without repeating itself more than necessary. One of the better songs overall though, for sure. It has the tone I overall miss elsewhere on the album (thankfully also present in Algoritm, my absolute favourite, as well as The Dark Side and The Void).
  13. I personally hear some traces of MK Ultra and Uprising in Blockades. Verses have some vocal melody similarities with MK Ultra, although its perhaps a bit subtle, and the word "raze" in the chorus sounds very similar in tone to Uprisings "degrading".. Wouldn't call it very similar overall though. I wish they could've done something with the choruses though, especially the last one. Changing drum pattern or whatever. It just get slightly too repetitive and boring, you kind of wait for something to happen. I like when a song go somewhere else further down the line -- like Dead Inside or The Handler to mention two more recent examples. Simulation Theory has a few too many cases of un-imaginative song structures, with a third more or less identical chorus at the end. Algoritm has a very cool, tasteful and effectful structure though, that continues to build up and develop from the beginning to the end -- without repeating itself more than necessary. One of the better songs overall though, for sure. It has the tone I overall miss elsewhere on the album (thankfully also present in Algoritm, my absolute favourite, as well as The Dark Side and The Void).
  14. Source? If this is true, it's exactly what I meant with me being worried with these sort of things. Because a composer/writer with so many years of experience such as Matt, with his own visions, personal style and intergrity, shouldn't be that easy to persuade and influence. Of all routes you could choose musically -- why would it be "more contemporary" (as Matt apparantly wanted Propaganda to sound be), poppy or radio-like? Since when did "contemporary" equals good? Has Muse ever been about being that? Usually trying to be contemporary will only make it feel outdated faster and age worse -- leaving out the most obvious aspect, which of course that you loose your DNA and style you've built up over the years. IMO you should always do your own thing as a band. Guys such as Shellback and similar pop-songwriters are really stuck in a way of thinking, a formula metodic, that just doesn't suit a real band such as Muse. If the song is about his relatives cancer, which is quite heavy and serious stuff, and it started out as a more tasteful arrangement and song, then I just can't grasp why Shellback would want to ruin it by making it generic and cheesy, and why Matt would allow it or think it would be reasonable... a good idea. I mean, the most direct and for him personally emotional song hi has ever written, basically? I don't say that anyone else isn't allowed to like the song, but for me all this just feels very very wrong, especially considering what the lyrics is about, and what you just told about how it began.
  15. Sure, but then it's still worrying that a song like Get Up and Fight got through Muses' own quality assurance process, so to speak...
  16. It's terrible, probably their worst song they've ever written and recorded. What worries me the most though is everything surrounding it. The only song that pop songwriter Shellback is involved with, just happens to sound exactly like something he would've written himself? I can't be a coincidence. And in the booklet included with the CD it says "additional writing: Shellback". So it's clear he's been involved somehow, beyond only producing it, or what do you make of it? To my ears this could just as well been a leftover; something that was written and intended for a pop artist such as Pink, Katy Parry or something, but ended up not being used. It's only the vocal change and melody in the pre-chorus that prevent it from sounding entirely that way. That's what really bothers me, except the fact that the song itself suck. Because once a band that previously wrote everything themselves suddenly starts to open up for external writers to get involved and shape songs, well, that basically equals the end. To me it was so very clear the melody-style and arrangement, that first time I heard it, that Matt can't have come up with this all by himself. It just not his way of doing things, especially melody-wise. There have been very "flat", more or less un-inspired songs before but nothing like this. It's generic and radio-"ish" on a entirely new level.
  17. What made you think it would be "re-recorded"? Just compared my Itunes copy from earlier this year with the final album track. Didn't really hear a difference at all, more than some subtle frequency differences -- probably due to better quality more than anything else. But vocals, or anything else for that matter, was certainly not recorded again. To my ears it's the very same vocal track.
  18. Received my Deluxe Edition and I'm just done with my first listen-through. Will take some time to process. One thing I know for sure though: Get Up And Fight must be the worst song they've written to this day. Seriously, it's terrible. (and when I say so I obviously mean the song itself, melody, structure, production -- not what it's about)
  19. Mkay maybe it wasn't so clear in the clip I came across (and listened to in just one earplug ). A bit worried about the direction of the tour now though, after the Jools interview. "Bigger cast, more people, dance routines -- unlike anything we've done before" -- precisely what I recently thought to myself would be a worst case scenario ... *Visualizing live dancers when Thought Contagion is being played, imitating the music video* I might dream nightmares tonight about how cheesy and musical-ish this could potentially become.. *shrugs*
  20. No falsetto on Something Human bridge/chorus... (The Dark Side and Something Human is up on YouTube)
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