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Black Holes and Revelations CD (2006)

Artist: Muse

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Muse is amazing with newly release cd.....

by Will "ultraman" on 7/14/2006

Nearly three years since their US breakthrough album “Absolution”, Muse will be releasing their fourth-coming installment called “Black Holes & Revelations”. While taking most of 2005 off to recoup from their lengthy tour, one of UK’s favorite bands have gotten more in touch with the experimentation of other genre’s including Funk, R&B, and Electronica while also keeping up to date with their signature aggressive guitar riffs and falsetto vocals. The first single “Supermassive Black Hole” takes you on a dance type beat ride mixed with alternative guitar that will keep you aching for more. On other tracks including “Assassin”, it shows you more melodic guitar combined with harmonizing tales of futurism, science, and the supernatural that we loved with their previous work. Newest single, “Knights of Cydonia” combines actual trumpet playing and vocals from Bellamy’s higher and lower ranges that have been compared to the great Freddie Mercury of Queen. This CD will definitely not disappoint as it has a little something for everyone to enjoy.

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Good Growing Pains

by Michael on 10/8/2006

Muse seems to be struggling a bit with it's identity and direction with this record, but the overall results are certainly enjoyable. Wearing a bit more Jeff Buckley on their sleeves, the record swoons from lovely falsetto ballads to crunching guitar driven songs and barely misses a beat. The direction of this newest record suggests great things for the future of Muse, but the overall production is what fails the band. At times both muddy and overblown, the producer seems to have lost the point of the music. As Muse becomes more comfortable in their skin, I hope they can find someone to handle their creativity on their next record - and then nothing should stop them.

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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 dimension. Once again co-produced by Rich Costey (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), Muse incorporates influences from electronica and Prince to pure pop. The album is sure to be a revelation to those still unfamiliar with the 2005 Brit award winner for Best Live Act who headlines this summer’s Reading and Leeds festivals.


Label Warner Bros / Wea
SKU 202751208
UPC 093624428428
UPC 14 00093624428428
Format CD
Release Date 7/11/2006
Author Muse
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Muse's fourth album is one of the year's most overblown records, mixing together huge, doomy soundscapes, snarling guitars and space-age sound effects with Matthew Bellamy's operatic wail and lyrics about stuff like death, injustice and "superstars sucked into the supermassive." This isn't so surprising coming from these sub-Radiohead gloomsters; what's surprising is that most of the time, Black Holes and Revelations actually works. There's room for melody on seductive songs like "Invincible," an epic with military drums and laser-beam guitar. Sleek, falsetto-laden lead single "Supermassive Black Hole" bangs like prime Depeche Mode, and "Starlight" sets sparkling patter and Coldplay-style swoons over an almost power-pop groove. A couple of sci-fi anthems "Knights of Cydonia" and "City of Delusion" are as ridiculous as their track names. But if you manage to suspend your disbelief a little, Black Holes and Revelations will push your pleasure buttons.
Reviewer Christian Hoard
ReviewRating 7
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Artist Muse
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc
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