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Straight away, something needs to be addressed. This band and its singer, despite the nitpicking disclaimers other reviewers have tried to make, sounds remarkably similar to old Radiohead (The Bends, OK Computer in particular). Matt Bellamy, in fact, could be a stand-in on any Radiohead tour. I actually did research to see of Bellamy was really Thom Yorke masquerading in a front band. That's how much they sound alike, bottom line. You can try to compare and contrast abstract and subtle approaches to style that differ, but the reality is if someone would've told me this was an unreleased Radiohead record from 1997, I would've believed them, no questions asked.
However, this isn't an entirely fair comparison. I also would've said of this fictional 1997 Radiohead release, "Wow, Thom's singing range has really expanded...and the music's gotten far more complex...and the production is more intense and intelligent than other Radiohead records..."
That all means that Absolution actually blows by any early Radiohead comparisons that others would make. So what if Matt Bellamy sounds just like Thom Yorke? He sounds *better* than Tom Yorke. So what if the chord progressions are similar to OK Computer's monolithic vamp sections?Read more ›
The truth is Muse and Radiohead share similar, vocals, pessimism, and seriousness, oh.. and they are both rock bands. That means, they share the same fan base. Unfortunately, some of those very people with an eye for detail and appreciation for genuine music, who fell in love with Radiohead have now become blinded by their fixation. They are defensive, and feel some what threatened by Muse.
And then, there is the other category of people, who just want to make a statement, "I was listening to music before you were born". These people feel that listening to music for many years makes them bigger than the music itself.
In the end, when you compare apples with oranges, you end up insulting both. Muse is everything Radiohead isn't and vice versa. Radiohead thrives to be subtle, layered music, matured and experienced whilst Muse is `in your face', grandiose, eager and energetic. Radiohead is poetry, Muse is a show.
It is more appropriate to compare Muse with Queen.
I have always been a big fan of Radiohead but If I was forced to compare apples with oranges, I would have to admit, Muse have better vocals, guitar and piano. Anyone who rates this album below 3 stars is kidding themselves. I never thought I had to say this to a bunch of Radiohead fans but you need to listen to this album more than once to appreciate it.
Whilst rock bands continue to reminisce over the century that was, with bands like The shins (60's spin off), the strokes, darkness, white stripes (70's spin off) and Dandy Warhols (80's), Muse tries hard to push music into the 21st century.Read more ›
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I recently bought a couple Muse albums. I have added this and it is enjoyable. There are some very solid songs that make this a great addition.Published 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Bought the cd, so it can't get lost in digital cloud land.Published 13 days ago by The Masked Reader
Another great album from Muse. Great songs, impressive arrangements. Wonderful.Published 27 days ago by SueF
To me, this is a Radiohead clone band. I do like (especially) Time Is Running Out thoughPublished 3 months ago by Michael Reger
Liked it - not as much as Black Holes and Revelations, but darn close.Published 4 months ago by Margo