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In 2004, U.K. favorite Muse broke through in the U.S. with Absolution and major performances across America that won legions of new fans. In 2006, Muse takes a bold new step with Black Holes And Revelations, a powerful, upbeat epic album that takes the band's music to a whole new dimension. Once again co-produced by Rich Costey [Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave], Muse incorporates influences from electronica and Prince to pure pop.
Sounding like the confident, ambitious superstars they already are in their native UK, Muse follows up their breakthrough Absolution with an album that tempers the trio's unabashed grandiosity and apocalyptic obsessions with a smart pop groove. The minimalist angst of the opening "Take A Bow" may bridge the goth-pop conceits of the collection's successful predecessor, but those expectations are quickly kicked aside by "Starlight"'s synth-pop bliss, the falsettoed, space-disco thump of "Supermassive Black Hole" and the chilly, New Wave redux sheen of "Map of the Problematic"; so much for being held hostage to those early Radiohead comparisons. Indeed, on the lilting "Soldier's Poem" vocalist Matthew Bellamy cannily channels Freddie Mercury while "Assassin" pulses with the familiar metallic nerve and lyrical dread of Muse past. But by the time "Knights of Cydonia" erupts in a wrenching, melodramatic climax that somehow fuses ELP, Davie Allan, Procul Harum and Chris Isaak with enough giddy abandon to suspend disbelief, Muse have long since proved their case as genre-be-damned rock world-beaters. --Jerry McCulley
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Now the record pressing is fantastic. It keeps mostly the same mixing as was on the CD release, but it's noticeably clearer sounding. It has the same bass heavy sound, but it has a slightly clearer high end. Which I appreciate, as this album over their previous efforts did sound a bit more muted and washed out over their previous works.
Actual record quality is amazing. No pops or scratches. It makes for a pristine listening from front to back. No warping that I can notice on the record either.
Overall, it's just a great album by a great band. And this captures them at a real turning point musically. Some might say it's their last truly great album too. Even almost ten years later, it still holds up extremely well.
5 star rating for the album.
Delivery was fast. Item as described. However, there isone little defect, the center hole was a bit too tight, making it hard for me to place the vinyl on my turntable. The vinyl played perfectly fine however, no noise whatsoever. It's just that it's hard for me to place this vinyl on my turntable and then take it out.
What can i say.. Perfection. Not the best Muse album (that honor should go to either of the 2 albums that precedes Black Holes), but it is pretty close. It is in my opinion the best album of the 'new sounding' Muse with heavy use of electronic music. Many hated this album of the different direction that the band took. But i like how they mix rock with dance music. It's just so catchy.
It is so different from their previous albums that it's like a new band playing all these songs. It's not a bad thing. Bands need to evolve. Muse did a very good job here.
So many killer tracks here. My favs:
- Knights of Cydonia
- Supermassive Black Hole
- Take a Bow
This is one of the best albums i've ever heard. For real.
Diverse, powerful, soulful. Every one of these and everything in between. Brilliant.
Buy it. You won't be disappointed.