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Think it’s mainly that it doesn’t really fit on Origin, which I can agree with tbf, and stuck around as a staple for a looong time despite being kinda flat (though even that was better than the most recent performances). Mad to think that nowadays, a more recent fan would probs take it as a great surprise in a set.

Yeah I recently re-listened to FG having not bothered in years. Its a pretty good tune covered in a very fine way, but I think the problem was that it hung around live for too long. Was fine on the Black Holes tour but keeping it in the mix for Resistance, T2L and Drones even when the use of piano songs in the show kept falling was excessive.

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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.

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Pink Ego Box is a really weird case where, ok yeah, it’s veeeeeeery “hi I was written by a 14 y/o angstbag” which should make it naff in theory

but

At least when it comes to actually playing it, I don’t think there’s ever been a case where I’ve never had a mega fun time and got stupidly pumped up by it. Like, more so than the vast, vast majority of their discography. When that second verse kicks in...I’ve nearly broken strings with those guitar chugs 😂 those “my heart is feeling pain” and “I’ve never heard your lies” lines are such pure, raw, unrefined, unashamed angsty cheese that you’ve gotta get carried away with it

but I fink I liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

[when u]”

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I've always thought Explorers were super beautiful. Don't get the h8 for that one!

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The melody and progression had potential despite it being a p typical piano ballad but, like a lotta T2L, it just ends up tying its own shoelaces together and falls flat on its face with goofy shit like the sleigh bells and enviro-lyrics.

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