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New Born Lee

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  1. It was pretty widely held during the busier days of this board that Pink Ego Box was the worst Muse song. I thought so too.

    I listened to it today and...no way is it the worst. It's kinda weird and spacious, sure, that weird jumpy rhythm...it's kinda all over the place. "My heart is feeling pain" might win an award for worst delivery of a line in a Muse song. But the guitars really crunch when the chorus comes in. The theme of the song and the straightforward way it's conveyed...strikes me as weirdly prophetic now that PC music etc. is a thing. It's earnest and gets that 'early Muse pass' for me, it sounds immature but passionate. It's not bland. Not great, maybe not even good, but they've made worse.

  2. briirrr bwom bwom bwom. briiirr bwom bwom bwom break it to me brirr bwom bwom bwom bwom brirr bwom bwom bwom don't chase it up and don't beataroundthebush and no dunununu and don't dodododo just keep it inside and make another thing no dumbing it down don't fake it just break it to me brirr bwom bwom bwom etc

  3. T2L. Of all their albums it just seems the most aimless by far. I kinda like Madness, Big Freeze and Isolated System but only Panic Station and Animals come close to being among my favourites. Survival and Unsustainable strike me as desperate. The rest is so boring.

  4. I've been to 3 Muse gigs.







    Origin of Symmetry


    New Born x2

    Feeling Good x2

    Space Dementia


    Plug In Baby x3

    Hyper Music




    Hysteria x3

    Butterflies & Hurricanes

    Time is Running Out x3

    Stockholm Syndrome x3


    Black Holes and Revelations


    Map of the Problematique x2

    Supermassive Black Hole x3


    Take A Bow

    Starlight x2

    Knights of Cydonia x3


    The Resistance


    Uprising x2


    Guiding Light

    United States of Eurasia

    Undisclosed Desires

    Unnatural Selection x2

    Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1 (Overture)


    The 2nd Law






    Psycho (debut performance)

    Reapers (debut performance)





    Dead Star



    “Drum and Bass”

    “Helsinki Jam”

  5. I find Reapers quite unlistenable, sadly. The verses are so boring. The production throughout is weird. The solo is annoying until the last bit. The outro is underwhelming.


    The Handler is great but the bridge could have more going on.


    Aw, that's a shame. I came away from that song thinking I wouldn't mind if Muse made a whole album in that classic rock vein. The style just seemed to fit their over-the-top style and technical ability like a glove.

  6. That's pretty bad but sadly not an isolated case. A lot of Japanese young people do not recognise the Nazi swastika and thus did not really understand when people started getting offended when confusing it with this otherwise unrelated symbol - 卍. Makes more sense since Japan was with the Axis powers but...uh you'd think they of all people wouldn't want the same mistakes of WW2 happening again...

  7. Muse are always given this 'progressive' label as if to elevate them above typical rock, alternative rock and pop. Structurally CE is the only song I can really say is progressive to me...well, the only good one. The Globalist is probably progressive too, I dunno.


    I think the 'progressive' thing has persisted mostly from Muse being unafraid of writing songs about conspiracy, apocalypse, atheism, etc. - more esoteric and highbrow topics than a lot of rock tackles. But the examination of those topics is always surface level; any deep examination or storytelling is sacrificed for the sake of brevity and accessibility. They write pop and rock songs with occasionally eccentric instrumentation, and showy but not overly technical musical ability on display.


    And Muse have just got away with it and get called progressive to this day. It's genius really. They got to be a catchy pop band and an edgy progressive one at the same time. What a steal!

  8. That aspect has been pretty clear ever since they toured with U2, a band that is obsessed with being the Biggest, the Most Relevant and Highest Selling band out there with the Biggest Live Shows. Muse aren't completely out of touch and dated like they are (yet), but they've certainly persisted in what was once referred to as something like 'fist-clenching inclusiveness'.

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