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  1. My two pennies-worth. Muscle Museum New Born Exo-Politics Citizen Erased Thoughts of a Dying Atheist Exogenesis: Symphony (Full) Follow Me Dead Star Can't Take My Eyes Off You Map of Your Head
  2. I agree with much of what you've said, and as a Muse fan from the very beginning, I've also followed with interest the fluctuations between their more introvert material (such as Microcuts, being a good example you've mentioned), to more mainstream offerings like Starlight and TIRO. Personally, there's been little of their material I haven't loved, and I particularly enjoy the way they can switch between tracks have an anthemic quality for sing-alongs at festivals, and their more experimental stuff, that is less-obviously accessible. I'd class USoE somewhere between the two camps. There are aspects of it that people will recognise and draw comparisons to, the Queen one being the most obvious, and those will lead it to be considered more of a pop song than something like Ruled by Secrecy, say. However it is still a long way off what I'd consider a conventional arrangement, and it's still thoroughly Muse, which for me means a sound that no other band around is capable of imitating. Lastly, I do know The Black Parade well, but it still doesn't carry any comparison for me. I actually think it's a good pop song, even though I haven't got a lot of time for MCR, but regardless, I see Muse's sound and theirs worlds apart. Anywho, genuinely thanks for taking the trouble to explain your point of view, even if we'll agree to disagree.
  3. Queen received regular airplay 2-3 decades ago and even then, their sound was hardly considered mainstream. After all, 'mainstream' and 'popular' are not the same. I won't deny the obvious similarities between some Queen material and USoE, but it has absolutely no relevance to your argument that Muse's sound is somehow mainstream. I'd also be pretty surprised if you chose to cite Queen as a band you regularly hear on the radio today. I again invite you to name some current, relevant examples. Which brings me on to... The MCR comparison, I've not got a whole lot to say on the matter other than any similarity is completely lost on me, and that the two bands sounds nothing alike as far as I'm concerned. By all means, name a MCR track that highlights the comparison, and I'll gladly listen to it. If you don't like the new track, by all means, that's your preference. Different tastes and all that. But slagging it off as sounding like the majority of other popular music out there at the moment is absurd, and it's an argument that will fall flat every time, regardless of whether not you like what you hear.
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