Muse

Muse
By this point in Muse‘s career, comparing them to Radiohead is a lazy move. Whereas the latter thrives on atmosphere and subtlety (or enigma and experimentation), the former announces its presence with pure sensory overload. Brutal fretwork (which is arguably way more metallic than many “real” metal bands), beehive-quivering piano and sci-fi prog-geekery explode like a mad scientist’s supercollider. This year’s Black Holes and Revelations is the trio’s poppiest, most ambitious endeavor yet. A mincing Rufus Wainwright imitation, the glassy piano ballad “Starlight” and even an electro-goth song reminiscent of H.I.M. (seriously) diversify the bombast. Muse’s live spectacle, of course, is not to be missed: The overwhelming wall of sound created by vocalist Matt Bellamy’s yowls and clashing guitars blows the mind with brute force.

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