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  • I give you, Muse album reviews!

    11 dec 2006, 03:32

    This was actually a comment on a friend's MySpace, so it's going to read like it was to them. Deal with it.

    Also, tag things:
    Muse
    Absolution
    Origin of Symmetry
    Black Holes and Revelations
    Hullabaloo Soundtrack
    Showbiz
    Time Is Running Out
    Bliss
    Shrinking Universe
    Map Of Your Head

    ~~~

    Hey! Just a little insight on Muse albums. o.o



    Muse - Absolution

    This was the first Muse album I ever got, and I must say, it's very addictive. I actually got it after hearing the song Time Is Running Out on a NewGrounds submission.

    Anyways, this is probably my favorite Muse album, and it's fantastic in many ways. It starts off with the strong piano-driven song "Apocalypse Please," and then drops right into the song "Time Is Running Out," which is, like I said, a fantastic song, and probably one of my favorite songs to date.

    Absolution is great in many ways, it has cool album art, the music is spectacular, it runs for nearly an hour (52:15 to be exact), and the music range is incredible. It has songs that are pretty much what you would consider rock songs, like Stockholm Syndrome and Hysteria, it has soft songs that are rather beautiful (Which is a term I rarely use, especially when reffering to music) like Blackout and Ruled By Secrecy, and it has songs that are kind of inbetween, like Apocalypse Please and Butterflies And Hurricanes.

    All in all, Absolution is an amazing album, and I highly reccomend it.



    Muse - Black Holes And Revelations

    Ah, the newest Muse album, and a good one it is.

    Like I said earlier today, I got another Muse CD today (Which I will get to later), and currently either that one or BHAR is my second favorite, I still need to listen to the other one more to decide.

    Anyways, onto this CD. This CD is pretty much amazing. One of the things I love about Muse is their ability to retain a unique sense of sound so that you recognize it as "Muse," without making all their songs sound the same.

    Black Holes And Revelations is much different from all their other albums, and yet, it sounds similar in certain ways that I can't really describe.

    Anyways, it kicks off with Take A Bow, which is a great opening track. It starts soft and then grows into a spectacular array of musical goodness.

    Interestingly, Black Holes And Revelations seems to differ on topics from previous albums, and while it still has plenty of songs that seem to be themed on love and relationships and things of that nature, it also has a lot of songs that are subtly (Or obviously) politically charged, such as Take A Bow, Soldier's Poem, Exo-Politics, etc. I think they have a good mix of these political songs and the other songs.

    As far as music goes, the diversity isn't as strong here as Absolution, but it's still there. Most of the songs on this album are stronger, but there are also the softer songs like City Of Delusion (Which, interestingly, was built off the song Nature [A B-Side]). Well... City Of Delusion starts soft anyways.

    Most of the soft songs grow into musical beasts, which isn't a bad thing, personally I love that. So really for musical diversity this is a great album like Absolution, because it still kept the diversity, but changed it up.

    As for runtime, it's a little shorter than Absolution, but not by much. It's runtime is 45:30.

    Black Holes And Revelations is an excellent Muse album, it has some awsome album art, and some awsome music, and is also highly reccomended behind Absolution.

    And for the record Invincible is a fantastic song, and probably my favorite on the CD.



    Muse - Origin Of Symmetry

    Hmm, I remember getting this CD. I wanted it for months but all the stores were like "We don't have it, it's going to be re-released soon though." And I was like "ROAR HURRY UP!"

    Okay well that's irrelevant, ANYWAYS...

    Origin Of Symmetry, another great album, though I would probably say it's my least favorite Muse album, which isn't to say it's not good, I just don't preffer it over Absolution, Black Holes And Revelations, or Hullabaloo Soundtrack.

    I guess my main problem with this CD is that a lot of the songs just don't... I don't know... Stick out to me, you know? They're good songs, but they don't have the same qualities as songs on other albums that made me love them.

    Origin Of Symmetry does have some spectacular songs on it though, some of the songs that do stick out to me are New Born, Bliss, Plug In Baby, and Feeling Good.

    Some of the songs are really good, but in my opinion, they just kind of drag on. For example, the song Citizen Erased, it starts off fantastic, but eventually leaves me wondering when it's going to end. That might be an unfair example though, considering it's the longest song on the album (About seven minutes).

    Maybe I'm not being fair with this album though, because before I ever bought it I had downloaded a handful of songs that are on it (Including Megalomania, Dark Shines, and Feeling Good) and I loved them, and played them a lot. It could be that I just wore out the album before I ever even got it. I will admit that while now I feel like I've listened to Megalomania far too many times, it is a pretty great song.

    When it comes down to it Origin Of Symmetry is actually quite amazing, combining soft, almost eerie songs (Like Megalomania) and upbeat rock songs (Like Bliss). It's reccomended, but personally I would get the other two albums first, perhaps even Hullabaloo Soundtrack, that is, if you ever find it.

    Also... Shouldn't the word "symmetry" be symmetrical? Just a thought.

    And for the record, my favorite song on this album is probably Bliss.



    Muse - Hullabaloo Soundtrack

    Indeed, tiz the album I just got today!

    Like it says on that picture, it is a two disc set, but so far I've only listened to the first disc, which is the actual album. The second disc is a live concert recording, which I'm pretty excited to hear.

    But yeah, for now I'm just going to review the actual album, which I must say, is amazing (But then again, haven't I said that about all of them so far?).

    I would say even though I've only listened to this a total of one and a half times, I think it's better than Origin Of Symmetry, and maybe even Black Holes And Revelations.

    It starts off with a rather... Well, different opening track: Forced In, then moves on to a little more normal song; Shrinking Universe.

    One thing that's confusing and annoying me, however, is that on WMP it for some reason skips Forced In, and calls Shrinking Universe Forced In, and then it has a track later that's not on the CD track list. I don't know how to explain it, but it's confusing and annoying.

    Anyways, back to the actual music, I love it. This CD is about as versatile as Absolution, and has the musical range of Black Holes And Revelations and Origin Of Symmetry combined. From the eerie sounds of Forces In and The Gallery to the upbeat rock of Shrinking Universe and Yes Please to the soft and beautiful (Once again, rarely used by me) sounds of Map Of Your Head, Nature, and Shine, this album is really quite a work of art.

    The thing about Hullabaloo Soundtrack is that it's pretty rare. I've been looking for it for awhile, so I was extremely happy to see it in Best Buy today, and it was the only copy they had too. So if you see it, you should probably get it, because it's a pretty rare album. At least, it was for me.

    Also, I still can't figure out the name, because it's not actually a soundtrack to a movie, or something... I don't know, it doesn't matter, it's awsome music!

    And for the record, some favorites on this album right now are Shrinking Universe and Map Of Your Head.



    Muse - Showbiz

    Actually, I can't offer a review on this, because currently this is the only Muse album I don't own, and I want it! Ahh! It's another rarity, maybe someday I'll find it. :O
  • A New Obsession

    11 nov 2006, 21:31

    Well last week sometime I found out about the site www.quoteunquoterecords.com due to a MySpace bulliten posted by the Arrogant Sons Of Bitches. I went there and downloaded some of the albums they had, and out of all of them that I downloaded, I was instantly addicted to Goodbye Cool World by Bomb the Music Industry!.

    Ever since then, I listened to Bomb The Music Industry! every day, and almost all day, barely listening to anything else. Eventually I got To Leave Or Die In Long Island and Album Minus Band as well.

    Though my favorite is still Goodbye Cool World, they're all pretty amazing, and I've been obsessed with them lately. I wouldn't say Bomb The Music Industry! is suddenly my favorite band, just a current favorite, or current obsession.

    Damnit, if I had paypal, or money for that matter, I would definately donate some money, because these guys fucking rock!

    So yeah, you should go check out Bomb The Music Industry! at www.quoteunquoterecords.com

    My favorite songs by them:
    -King Of Minneapolis (All four parts)
    -Even Winning Feels Bad
    -5 Funerals
    -Side Projects Are Never Successful
    -Grudge Report
    -Future 86
    -Syke! Life Is Awesome!
    -Dude, Get With The Program

    And really many more.

    In other news, before I found out about that site I got the CD "Everyday Behavior" by Melee, which is awsome. Too bad I haven't listened to it that much because I've been listening to BTMI! quite frequently instead.

    Once the obsession wears off, though, I'll definately listen to Everyday Behavior some more. That CD is really good too. Right now a couple of songs that stand out from it is "The Curse" and "Sleeping Through Autumn."
  • New CDs

    22 okt 2006, 01:20

    Okay... So this is interesting.

    Awhile ago I got The Paramour Sessions by Papa Roach. And... I don't know. I just can't listen to it. I've listened to it all the way through once, but I haven't really gave it a "good" listen yet.

    From how much I've listened to it... It's good, but it's just not the Papa Roach I know, it's not what I expected. It's a LONG jump from Infest. I mean, from Infest to The Paramour Sessions, the metamorphasis is clear. I have four Papa Roach albums now, and I think that's where I'm stopping.

    Anyways, Toni burned me a Reel Big Fish CD, or rather, just a random mix of songs from their 3 disc album "Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album!" And indeed, it is AWSOME. Hilarious, and they're also very talented.

    Also, I've recently been listening to a lot of Ozma.

    The next CD I get will either be Ozma, The Blood Brothers, or Atmosphere. I have yet to decide.

    And finally, here is my musical gift to you. My Song Of The Day compilation vol. 1:

    Akira The Don - I Can't Go To Sleep
    Anti-Flag - The Press Corpse
    Mr. Lif - Home Of The Brave
    Muse - Invincible
    The Paper Chase - The House Is Alive And The House Is Hungry

    Subtle - F.K.O.
    Billy Talent - Line & Sinker
    -API- - All Of The World
    Perfect Paranoia - Nobody Needs You
    Zero 7 - Look Up

    Roger Alan Wade - If You're Gonna Be Dumb
    Pendulum - Hold Your Colour
    Pully - Insects Destroy
    Chronic Future - Eyes Wide Open
    Rage Against The Machine - How I Could Just Kill A Man

    Temposhark - It's Better To Have Loved
    Curl Up And Die - You'd Be Cuter If I Shot You In The Face
    311 - First Straw
    Zebrahead - Someday
    Lemon Demon - Telekinesis

    The Green Sweaters - Man On The Wall
    Atmosphere - Smart Went Crazy (The Beauty Pill)
    Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
    The Blood Brothers - Every Breath Is A Bomb
    Suicidal Tendencies - Don't Give A Fuck

    Ozma - Apple Trees
    Eleventy Seven - More Than A Revolution
    Reel Big Fish - We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
    Stars Of The Lid - I Will Surround You

    <3 to you all.
    Spread the music.
  • Mr. Lif - Mo' Mega

    23 sep 2006, 01:08

    So for now I'll be brief, so I'll probably update this later with a more thourough review, but today I got the CD "Mo' Mega" by Mr. Lif, and I've already listened to it a couple of times, it's pretty awsome!

    I would say that some of the songs weren't the greatest, and he's done better stuff (The songs "I Phantom," "Live From The Plantation," and "Home Of The Brave" continue to be my favorites) but this CD was definately good and worth the money.

    I still need to listen to it more to get the lyrics memorized and stuff and actually get into it some more, but at the moment I'd say my favorite tracks are "Ultra Mega," "Murs Iz My Manager," "Take, Hold, Fire!," "Mo' Mega," and "For You."

    Another thing I really like is the case. It's rather fancy looking, and I also love how the booklet is set up so it's attached to the inside of it. Speaking of the booklet, I love the passage on the first page:

    "Mo' represents the dialect of the Black slave in America.
    Mega represents the hyper-modernized world we live in.
    As the cost of living increases at an exponential rate,
    more of us are finding it difficult to keep pace.
    I feel that the term Mo' extends beyond race to describe
    the masses whom have not achieved elite levels of wealth.
    Mo' Mega is the juxtaposition of the slave and the elite
    with no common ground between the two."

    Great CD. Worth buying if you're into rap.