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For me Blockades is the quintessential beige song Muse have on every album

 

Basically exo-politics?

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Aw a 6.0 from Pitchfork! Victory! :LOL:

 

And it’s a well-informed, well written review actually.

 

Though I disagree with their main point that Muse have always taken themselves too seriously. That was a problem with Drones, but not a theme throughout their catalogue. I mean, have they seen the KoC video? Have they heard Panic Station?

 

Also, I could have done without the inevitable Radiohead mention.

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I think it's totally on point saying: "does that make it good pop, or are they simply less fun to kick around now?"

 

I remember being upset when Muse started going really over the top with stuff like USoE and Survival. Hell, I literally swore off Muse for a while after Survival because I couldn't believe they'd be so silly as to be unfun. But, well, 3 albums later I guess I've just accepted they weren't trying something new, they were finding who they were.

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Basically exo-politics?

Tbf, it's much better than Exo-Politics. Which is utter garbage.

 

But Blockades is definitely a load of pap.

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This album seems like a sucessful blend of some directions found in The 2nd Law and Drones.

I rather like what little I heard so far. Break it to Me is my highlight so far. Kinda reminds me of stuff from BHAR ("Easily" anyone ?)

 

This is the sound of Muse stepping up their game. :cool:

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And it’s a well-informed, well written review actually.

 

Though I disagree with their main point that Muse have always taken themselves too seriously. That was a problem with Drones, but not a theme throughout their catalogue. I mean, have they seen the KoC video? Have they heard Panic Station?

 

Also, I could have done without the inevitable Radiohead mention.

 

I think it's an odd review with some valid if obvious points. There is a weird undercurrent of resentment in the text which makes the writer come across as obnoxious.

The reviewer uses a whole lotta words to essentially say, I guess:

-the album is approachable and poppy

-various references about that song reminded them of another artists and genres, the overall implication I guess being that it is commercial and derivative

 

Of course there is the far-fetched Radiohead reference just for the sake of it , other example of pointless snark being that "they get the lesser-known of Los Angeles’ major college marching bands to play on the alternate version of “Pressure" -what is the implication here, they are so second grade they couldn't get the better one, since obviously any college band would turn down such an offer...

 

Then what I guess is supposed to be the crux of the review, they say that the album's most succesful part is the right balance of camp and this is due to the band finally adding humour to the mix. This is a truly bizarre conclusion considering that Muse have always been intentionally cheeky, and the reviewer probably should be aware of this, having reviewed e.g. The Second Law. It's one of those instances of a reviewer pushing an alien narrative which makes you go "huh" to anyone familiar with the subject, the real reason for the paragraph I guess being making some "witty" punchlines. Second point I guess is "finally" admitting they are a pop band. This is a weird conclusion as well as Muse have done pop tracks since 2006. The rating doesn't really match the review as they don't compliment anything on the album- other than "right amount of camp" I guess. I mean, 60 is basically 3/5.

 

This probably comes across as I'm really pressed about the review, I'm honestly not, I just don't really think it warrants a "good review" label.

 

Oh and Exo-Politics and Blockades are both great. :happy:It's MK Ultra that is the blandest of Muse-by-numbers.

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Tbf, it's much better than Exo-Politics. Which is utter garbage.

 

But Blockades is definitely a load of pap.

 

Definitely think you got these mixed up, at least Exo isn’t Muse covering Muse

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I think it's an odd review with some valid if obvious points. There is a weird undercurrent of resentment in the text which makes the writer come across as obnoxious.

The reviewer uses a whole lotta words to essentially say, I guess:

-the album is approachable and poppy

-various references about that song reminded them of another artists and genres, the overall implication I guess being that it is commercial and derivative

 

Of course there is the far-fetched Radiohead reference just for the sake of it , other example of pointless snark being that "they get the lesser-known of Los Angeles’ major college marching bands to play on the alternate version of “Pressure" -what is the implication here, they are so second grade they couldn't get the better one, since obviously any college band would turn down such an offer...

 

Then what I guess is supposed to be the crux of the review, they say that the album's most succesful part is the right balance of camp and this is due to the band finally adding humour to the mix. This is a truly bizarre conclusion considering that Muse have always been intentionally cheeky, and the reviewer probably should be aware of this, having reviewed e.g. The Second Law. It's one of those instances of a reviewer pushing an alien narrative which makes you go "huh" to anyone familiar with the subject, the real reason for the paragraph I guess being making some "witty" punchlines. Second point I guess is "finally" admitting they are a pop band. This is a weird conclusion as well as Muse have done pop tracks since 2006. The rating doesn't really match the review as they don't compliment anything on the album- other than "right amount of camp" I guess. I mean, 60 is basically 3/5.

 

This probably comes across as I'm really pressed about the review, I'm honestly not, I just don't really think it warrants a "good review" label.

 

Oh and Exo-Politics and Blockades are both great. :happy:It's MK Ultra that is the blandest of Muse-by-numbers.

 

Well yes, it’s still a Pitchfork review :)

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Oh and Exo-Politics and Blockades are both great. :happy:It's MK Ultra that is the blandest of Muse-by-numbers.

 

are you delusional?

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Blockades>MK Ultra>Exo-Politics>Defector

 

Song with pretty similar roles on their respective albums imo.

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Blockades is wicked, don’t sleep on it just ‘cos it has all the Muse tropes, embrace it

 

I like Drones but it’s maybe better than anything on that record for me, sort of what I wanted Reapers to be (not that I don’t like Reapers)

 

I was there! Only entered once just thought I'd rub it in. Joking aside I'm very limited for plus one options and if my only choice couldn't have made it I was going to offer it up to the board. I've lurked since 2007 and you get about Jobby most likely would've been you I picked. All hypothetical like but in another universe! Special night, now the proud owner of Dom's empty evian bottle.

Also I legit love Get Up and Fight. I see a change on the horizon, reasons to be frightened. Story of my life. :LOL: Don't hate me. :stunned:

 

In a way, this just makes me feel like I was even closer and still missed out :chuckle: but it’s v sweet for you to say you’d have considered taking me, thank you <3 maybe I’ll get a chance for something similar another day

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Blockades>MK Ultra>Exo-Politics>Defector

 

Song with pretty similar roles on their respective albums imo.

 

True, I was also thinking of Defector.

 

I know Exo isn't particularly inspired but I don't think every Muse needs to be particularly "interesting". I've always just loved the chorus.

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The album's growing on me. Keep in mind I haven't had a proper full playthrough yet. But just the bits and pieces I'm starting to appreciate.

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Exo took a long time to grow on me. That chorus saves it from Muse treading water really, but now I've come to love it a good bit. No such patience required for MK Ultra or Blockades for me, and though I initially loved Defector, it sounds a little confused to me anymore.

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Also I legit love Get Up and Fight. I see a change on the horizon, reasons to be frightened. Story of my life. :LOL: Don't hate me. :stunned:

 

You're not the only one :)

 

Blockades>MK Ultra>Exo-Politics>Defector

 

Song with pretty similar roles on their respective albums imo.

 

Second that.

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Blockades>MK Ultra>Exo-Politics>Defector

 

Song with pretty similar roles on their respective albums imo.

 

 

Depending on the day, I would maybe swap MK and Blockades, but yeah pretty much spot on.

 

I still maintain that the solo in Defector is one of my favourite things Muse have done and it belongs in a far far better track.

 

Edit: meant MK, not Exo

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MK Ultra is the best of these four songs we're comparing for some reason by a country mile.

 

agree.

 

i guess i still don't know where i stand on this issue on those four, though.

 

i admit, all four tracks play similar roles on each of their respective albums...and all are not very good...but...

 

...in any event, i bet you dom demanded a track w/ semi-complex drumming on this album. blockades was the result.

 

right now, blockades reminds me of a mishmash of DT in the Octavarium era (references Clunge mentioned in the blockades thread) and, strangely, megadeth in the Risk era (which most megadeth folks hate).

 

as for ranking, i'd go for MK>>>Blockades>>Defector (for some reason, the guitar solos strike a chord w/ me on occasion)>Exo.

 

i don't classify Exo as utter garbage (yet it is trashy, make no mistake) like some on here rate it; i classify it as album filler. and it wasn't that poor live back at some of the 2006 gigs...just kinda...existed.

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Page 346 of this thread about to give me an aneurysm MK Ultra, Defector, and Exo Politics are leaps and bounds above Blockades, even Liquid State is more original

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Basically exo-politics?

 

Yeah. Exo, Resistance, Liquid State etc

 

Blockades>MK Ultra>Exo-Politics>Defector

 

Song with pretty similar roles on their respective albums imo.

 

MK is not beige :phu:

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