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After successfully gaining some massive mainstream exposure with their appearance in the soundtracks of both films related to that vampire series authored by Stephenie Meyer, the English rockers are back at it again this time with Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever), the lead single for the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack.

Compared to the band’s previous material, the new single does not even come close in terms of quality. The cheese flows excessively in the track which only dampens the quality that it has. The title sounds really awesome. Seriously, is there any other band who could come up with such song titles? Maybe Radiohead can but that is another story in itself.

The single starts off slow but as it goes along, it turns into something anthemic. However, such dramatic shift in sound just could not save the track from being mediocre. The guitar bridge is something admirable though. Despite the guitar bridge, the track does not possess that killer instinct which could have turned its fortunes around. Will this new effort match the success of the band’s past material? I do not think so. Let me ask this though: Why does the band keep on signing up to be a part of a soundtrack of a movie adaptation of some crappy literature?

Genre: Rock
Date Released: May 17, 2010
Label: Warner Music Group

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Thanks to friends of mine who signed up in Muse’s forums, I was able to get hold of knowledge concerning this special package by Muse which I got soon after signing up. What I felt after listening to the songs in the package is sheer amazement. There are actually three tracks in the special package: Exogenesis Part 4: SalvationGuiding Light (Costey Edit), and Feeling Good (Live From Sheffield).

However, all these tracks spring up some nasty surprises. Salvation bastardizes one classic rock song performed by a legendary English band with its violin backdrop. I don’t know though who did the vocals though my friend suggested drummer Dominic Howard did them. Guiding Light (Costey Edit) receives the ‘chipmunk treatment’ and the song suddenly sounds like a dance record which is very far from the sound of the original track. You have got to admit though that Matt Bellamy’s voice as a chipmunk is slightly amusing. Lastly, Feeling Good (Live From Sheffield) is not Feeling Good. Rather, it is MK Ultra (Live), one of the tracks included in Muse’s latest release The Resistance. The last track does not sound like it was performed by Muse. It was subpar and lacked any coolness whatsoever.

Did the surprises work though? Hell yes, they did. In the spirit of the occasion known as April Fool’s Day, the tracks fully lived up to the cause. Muse surely knows how to play with the people’s minds and it worked. The package surely has loads of witty and funny material that only enhances the April Fool’s Day experience. I am not sure if a man named Thom Yorke would be happy though.

Exogenesis Part 4: Salvation could be downloaded on this link which leads you to the Muse message boards.

Date Released: April 1, 2010

The first Album Art of The Week goes to Muse’s The Resistance. I just love the spectrum of colors in the album art. I may not get the message of this art but the artistry in it makes it, at least for me, an art that deserves your attention. Besides, it’s made for an effort by THE Muse so deal with it.

The Reflective Inklings has dished out one short playlist (Gem‘s Valentine Playlist can be found HERE). This time around, it’s my turn to dish out my songs for my personal Valentine Playlist. Hopefully, you all enjoy reading!

#1 A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

From: Be Not Nobody

This track by Vanessa Carlton should definitely be included in people’s Valentine playlists. The piano arrangement is without a doubt, one of the best that I have ever heard. At first, A Thousand Miles sounds a little bit classical but once the intensity of the song rises, you know that it is really special.

#2 One – U2 and Mary J. Blige

From: The Breakthrough

The original version of the song which got released way back in 1992 is also actually great but this version with Mary J. Blige just lits up the place. Mary J. Blige on lead vocals and Bono doing the additional vocals just equates into a rock masterpiece. The lyrics are also great by the way.

#3 Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis

From: Spirit

Written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder, Bleeding Love became Leona Lewis’ shot into gaining lots of mainstream success and got it successfully. The emotionally-loaded track about people who get blinded by love in a relationship just sounds really exceptional. Leona’s vocals are absolutely top-notch, no matter how you look at her music.

#4 She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5

From: Songs About Jane

‘I don’t mind spending everyday! Out on your corner in the pouring rain.‘ Just the right piece of lyrics for someone who loves celebrating Valentine’s Day. The intro of the song just made me fall in love with the track and about the chorus, it’s really awesome.

#5 Starlight – Muse

From: Black Holes and Revelations

Starlight actually is the first song that I have heard from one of the greatest bands of the world. Hearing Matt Bellamy saying ‘My life, you electrify my life!‘definitely is one of the reasons why I decided to put this song into the Valentine playlist. The piano work done on the song is also sheer brilliance.

#6 Yellow – Coldplay

From: Parachutes

Chris Martin absolutely rocked it off in this one. The guitar work done in Yellow just sounds so relaxing. Yellow is one of Coldplay’s best tracks. Another plus is once played in repeating fashion, one can fall in love with the song totally.Yellow may be one of Coldplay’s early songs but it sure did give the band some hard-earned respect.

#7 Look What You’ve Done – Jet

From: Get Born

The Australian rockers’ third single makes it into the playlist. The piano arrangement on the song just adds a certain of mellowness into the track. Nic Cester’s vocals do sound good in Look What You’ve Done and is absolutely recommended for those who want to hear a rock ballad.

#8 Love Song – Sara Bareilles

From: Little Voice

The American songstress enters the playlist with Love Song, the first single released for her album Little Voice. The piano arrangement done by Sara Bareilles in this one just blew my mind away. The lines also are great like the line ‘I’m not gonna write you a love song ’cause you asked for it. ‘Cause you need one . . . ‘ The track definitely shows off Bareilles’ musical brilliance.

#9 Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

From: Eyes Open

Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars makes it into the Valentine playlist. Chasing Cars is not your typical explosive ballad but still sounds great as the melody of the song also is exceptional. Gary Lightbody’s vocal work is sheer brilliance and this made me like the song immediately after I heard it.

#10 Bad Romance – Lady GaGa

From: The Fame Monster

I initially did not even think of putting this song in the playlist. However, after thinking heavily, I just decided to put this one. Bad Romance just shows how Lady GaGa’s musicality has evolved. I do consider Bad Romance as one of GaGa’s best singles ever due to that irresistible hook.

#11 Electrical Storm – U2

From: The Best of 1990-2000

It may not have received lots of mainstream attention but Electrical Storm remains, at least in a personal level, one of U2′s best songs ever. As usual, The Edge’s chord work is stellar and he just makes it look like it’s really easy to do. For more on my thoughts regarding this track, please do check out my review by clicking the link: Electrical Storm Review

#12 Secret Valentine – We The Kings

From: We The Kings

Another rock record enters the playlist with Secret Valentine, released by the band out of Florida last year. This is one edgy record which can surely keep one energized with its heavy sound. Some may not like the track but I have got to say this- the track is surely a grower, no doubt.

#13 Best I Ever Had – Vertical Horizon

From: Everything You Want

What made me feel in awe for this track is the arrangement. Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) does not sound that heavy unlike some of the band’s released material like You’re A God. The track is definitely a keeper for those who really love rock ballads.

#14 Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

From: Sixpence None The Richer

Leigh Nash’s vocals are really sweet. It just sounds so angelic, don’t you think? Anyway, Kiss Me, which got released in 1998, is one of the best songs that Sixpence None The Richer released. The chorus is pretty catchy and can effective induce the Last Song Syndrome (LSS).

#15 The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script

From: The Script

The song about love being tried to be reclaimed makes it into the Valentine Playlist. Danny O’Donaghue’s vocals are really awesome. The song did give the Irish rock outfit some mainstream success which they definitely deserved.

#16 I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden

From: Affirmation

Darren Hayes turned this song into a charm. ‘I knew I loved you before I met you.‘ It’s pretty ironic yet very effective at the same time in terms of conveying its message. No wonder why the song has been reportedly used a lot in weddings before.

#17 If This Is Love – The Saturdays

From: Chasing Lights

The bubbling synth action and scintillating chorus made this song as the best track in The Saturdays’ debut effort. If This Is Love really is an ‘enthusiastic’ track that just bursts off lots of energy. If This Is Love is simply an irresistible track.

#18 The Game of Love – Santana feat. Michelle Branch

From: Shaman

I thought back then that a collaboration featuring Santana and Michelle Branch just won’t work. However, it turns out that I was wrong big time as The Game of Love gained both commercial and critical success. As expected, the killer solo by Santana just blew my mind away.

#19 Lonely No More – Rob Thomas

From: …Something To Be

First and foremost, I would like to greet Rob Thomas a ‘Happy Birthday!’ Second, I do think this song gave Rob Thomas enough momentum for him to jumpstart his solo career. Third, I would like to say that if you are one Matchbox Twenty fan and simply love Rob Thomas’ vocals, you must listen to this one.

#20 Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

From: Whenever You Need Somebody

The song may be uber cheesy due to the lyrics but the techno beats present in the song made sure that the song is very refined. As I have said in my review (Click HERE to read it) of the song, the chorus may have been abused but overall, the song is simply a treat to the senses.

#21 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police

From: Ghost In The Machine

The piano part in the song played by Jean Roussel made this song very gorgeous. Sting’s vocals are almost always great and the artistry of The Police just shines in the track. Tracks like Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic do indicate the immense creativity that the band had then.

#22 Wonderwall – Oasis

From: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

The American breakthrough song for the English rock outfit enters the playlist with their smash hit Wonderwall. It’s just sad to see the band disbanding because of some issues existing between the Gallagher brothers. Anyway, songs likeWonderwall made me like the band big time. I just hope that they get together. Heck, Tears For Fears got reunited and this made me believe that there is still hope.

#23 Far Away – Nickelback

From: All The Right Reasons

Described by vocalist Chad Kroeger as Nickelback’s ‘only real love song’, Far Away sounds indeed like it. It did surprise me when the band achieved massive success with the track. For the first time ever, the band had two top ten singles in the Hot 100 Billboard Charts thanks to Far Away‘s surprising success.

#24 Here Without You – 3 Doors Down

From: Away From The Sun

I still consider Here Without You as 3 Doors Down’s best hit that ever achieved mainstream success. Brad Arnold, vocalist of the band, actually said that the inspiration for the song was his now ex-wife. Pretty inspiring and sweet from the man e?

#25 Love Song For No One – John Mayer

From: Room For Squares

One of the first John Mayer material that I really loved. John Mayer definitely knows his stuff, no doubt. The way he was utilizing his guitar in his early years as a musician was just a pure treat to the hearing capabilities of the listeners.

#26 No One – Alicia Keys

From: As I Am

No One, which remains to be Alicia Keys’ biggest hit, is just a stunning pop record. Alicia Keys gives her all in this one and it clearly shows. Her voice is simply rich and soulful enough to make more successful releases in the future.

#27 Love Will Keep Us Alive – Eagles

From: Hell Freezes Over

Sung by bassist Timothy Schmitt, this song by the Eagles may not have been formally released as a single but it sure did capture the hearts of those people who just clamor for romantic material. When heard on the band’s live performances, you’ll end being amazed. Seriously.

#28 Drive – Incubus

From: Make Yourself

One of the best Incubus songs that I have ever heard. This is what I will constantly say about Drive which was released by the band in December 2000. What made this song so ace is the very great chorus. And come to think of it, Brandon Boyd’s artistry just shined big time in this one as well as the band’s.

#29 If You Leave Me Now – Chicago

From: Chicago X

Peter Cetera, then with Chicago as the bassist, sung this track and eventually became the group’s first number one hit. The arrangement of the track complemented the song very well and Cetera’s vocals just did not bore me at all.

#30 True – Spandau Ballet

From: True

What made this song a killer is the intro (the ‘huh-huh-huhs’ to be exact). It’s a great slow love ballad that has been the band’s most remembered song in the U.S. The instruments used in the song created a very charming sound which gets some strong emphasis in the song’s middle parts. Simply amazing.

#31 Everything – Michael Buble

From: Call Me Irresponsible

The guitar-driven track remains as one of Buble’s tracks that I really love. His musicality is just marvelous. I have got to admit that the track did surprise me considering how he sings in most of his songs. He may have changed his style a little bit in this track but come on, it worked so no worries.

#32 For You – The Calling

From: Daredevil: The Album

One of two movie soundtrack-associated tracks that gets into the playlist is For You. The orchestra-like sound in the track makes the track really great, you have got to say. Add Alex Band’s unique vocals and you got yourselves one of rock’s great love ballads.

#33 Love Song – 311

From: 50 First Dates Soundtrack

A fantastic cover of the song that originally came from The Cure appears into the playlist. The chord work done on the track is amazing. 311 definitely gave justice to the original with their superb effort. And a side note: 50 First Dates is actually a great movie. Just saying.

#34 Mandy – Barry Manilow

From: Barry Manilow II

The ballad by Barry Manilow eventually became his first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. It’s something that romantic people will love. It’s slow and smooth enough for romantic evenings. No wonder it’s impact is still being felt today whenever the ‘Love Month’ arrives.

#35 All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

Ranked 362nd by Rolling Stone in the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

One of The Beatles’ hits that I truly loved. Tracks like this are a reason why The Beatles have become a major staple in the music industry. The track definitely remains as one of music’s most revolutionary singles, no doubt.

This ends the long Valentine Playlist of yours truly. Comments are appreciated.

The banner image was made by my friend, Kristine. Thank you so much Pards!

This is it! Part VII finally shows the Top 10 list of songs that got out this 2009. Again, comments will be appreciated. My Top 10 list may not be looking good at all but still, I believe these songs really deserved it. Let us now get the ball rolling and end this countdown!

THE RUNNERS-UP:
#10 I Am Not A Robot – Marina and the Diamonds
From: The Crown Jewels EP
A very soulful single coming from the Welsh artist cracks into my Top 10. The richness of Marina Diamandi’s vocals truly is shown here. I expect her to make a huge impact come 2010 as she releases her debut album The Family Jewels. British women do rule in my opinion.
#9 Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
From: Blueprint 3
The best hiphop song that came out this year. Period. I would never have thought about the combination of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys working at all. It just seemed that their musical styles won’t mesh at all. However,Empire State of Mind proved me wrong big time. The song that got featured in the recent World Series delivers a patriotic message and yes, Jay-Z’s verses have really evolved in his latest album and this song showed how. Let us not forget how Alicia Keys sounded in this one. Hitting the high notes was truly spectacular and she made sure that the song will not fall apart.
#8 I Wish – Mini Viva
From: Colloquial Obsession
The British all-female pop group Mini Viva enters the countdown at #8 with I Wish. Flaunting off a very irresistible chorus, the song about regrets really excels all because of the lively vocals of Mini Viva. He could be the one who hits the light inside my soul. Great line and delivers the message perfectly. Thank you Mini Viva!
#7 Remedy – Little Boots
From: Hands
The RedOne-produced track for Victoria Hesketh, more known by her stage name as Little Boots, gets the 7th spot. The song is definitely a keeper for those who love listening to dance tracks. Remedy does possess a very sick and infectious beat that can make your head spin around. Definitely worth listening.
#6 No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
From: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
In my humble opinion, No You Girls is the best song from the latest effort of the band coming from Glassgow, Scottland. No You Girls features a very catchy chorus and a very scintillating guitar sound. No wonder why the song got featured in an iPod advertisement.
#5 The Spell – Alphabeat
From: The Spell
Danish pop group Alphabeat enters the countdown at #5 with their very impressive The Spell. The song inspired by Black Box’ I Don’t Know Anybody Else features a very powerful hook which is also groovy. Anders SG’s vocal work is simply amazing. The song sounds modern with a touch of the 80s or 90s. This song is really a must-have for your playlists.
#4 The Fear – Lily Allen
From: It’s Not Me, It’s You
Lily Allen makes her second appearance on the countdown with The Fear. What I like about the song is that it has very witty lyrics. Lily Allen really writes well. Compliment this ability with your voice and you got yourselves a very powerful combo. Fortunately, Allen does possess this combo. The Fear sounds a little bit different from common pop records. However, the song still packs a lot of punch thanks to Allen’s vocals and intelligence. Lily Allen just never stops evolving musically.
#3 Uprising – Muse
From: The Resistance
Coming off an appearance at Twilight’s soundtrack (which I found to be very disappointing), Muse came back this 2009 with their first single, Uprising, for their fifth studio effort. The guitar work sounds awesome. Matt Bellamy can really be considered as one of rock’s gods in my opinion. Muse is already a rock legend. Their craft continues to get better with every album that they release.
#2 Bad Romance – Lady GaGa
From: The Fame Monster
Initially, I thought of Bad Romance as my #1 for this countdown. However, I heard suddenly this song which also came out this 2009 which definitely blew me away. Anyway, Bad Romance is one of Lady GaGa’s greatest singles ever. Heck, even the music video looks very polished and grand. Lady GaGa’s musicality is just one of the best ever in my opinion. Even though Poker Face got overplayed before, my respect for Lady GaGa’s craft never wavered and I am very happy that my respect did not waver at all.
THE WINNER:
#1 Bulletproof – La Roux
From: La Roux
Bulletproof is the song that totally blew me away. Eleanor Jackson’s sweet delivery absolutely is the bomb. We must also not forget Ben Langmaid’s synth work in this song. Very awesome work done by the two members of La Roux. Everything about this song is simply spectacular – the verses, the chorus, the arrangement, and the vocals. I am just really happy that I got to know this song even though it was by accident.
This ends my countdown. Thanks for reading the entries, by the way! As for the other parts of the countdown, I will give their links which can be found below:
Again, thank you so much especially to all the people who helped me big time.

We are now in the stretch drive as the final part (Part VII) approaches. So far, the comments have been pretty constructive. Just keep them coming! I reply to most of the comments anyway. Also, the songs that got included starting from Part IV are now RANKED ACCORDINGLY. Let us get the ball rolling now!
#20 We Are Golden – Mika
From: The Boy Who Knew Too Much
When I heard this song, I quickly thought of Gospel meets High School Musical all due to the choirs that Mika used in this song. Still, I find the song to be convincing enough that all the success that Mika garnered in his previous effort Life In Cartoon Motion was not a fluke at all.
#19 Fireflies – Owl City
From: Ocean Eyes
I got to say that I initially considered Fireflies to be one of the gayest songs that I have heard in my entire life. However, after being convinced to just listen to the song, I liked it. Adam Young’s vocals are top-notch and the lyrics absolutely made sense. The synthesizer’s presence is very lovely as well.
#18 Brick By Boring Brick – Paramore
From: Brand New Eyes
Clearly the best song in Brand New EyesBrick By Boring Brick‘s opening riff is simply a touch of musical genius. Once you hear it, you’ll immediately know that the track can grow on you and boy, it did wonderfully. The music video is very good too. Sadly, Hayley Williams has ditched her blonde hair already.
#17 Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh) – Pixie Lott
From: Turn It Up
This song clearly told one strong message: Pixie Lott will be one of UK’s biggest artists soon enough. Her voice is very charming and her vocal range is simply off the charts. I just sincerely hope that Miss Pixie Lott does not get overrated. Seriously, I am really hoping for her not to be overrated.
#16 Revelry – Kings Of Leon
From: Only By The Night
The fourth single out of the American band’s 4th studio effort sounds very mellow and not as loud as Use Somebody. Caleb Followill’s vocals remain as one of the best rock vocals I have ever heard this year. Though weirdly enough, I really liked the song all because of the drums done by Caleb’s brother, Nathan.
#15 Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol
From: Up To Now
With Snow Patrol trying to change things up a bit, Just Say Yes ended up as the product of their efforts. Just Say Yes sounds very new and fresh. The surprising incorporation of the synthesizer is simply brilliant. Lyrics may be cheesy but they work.
#14 Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
From: It’s Blitz!
Karen O is simply one of the best female vocalists ever. Her vocals sound mesmerizing, fresh, and simply one-of-a-kind. Zero is a very innovative rock song. The warbling beat from the synthesizer is also special and very likeable as well. The Yeah Yeahs just never cease to make well-crafted music.
#13 TiK ToK – Ke$ha
From: Animal
You may know Ke$ha for her work in Flo Rida’s Right Round single. That Flo Rida single was actually her big break. Now, we now see how Ke$ha can work as a solo artist with TiK ToKTiK ToK is a very sexy party song filled with infectious pop hook. Simply awesome stuff and it has been on repeat in my iTunes playlist for a long time already.
#12 Undisclosed Desires – Muse
From: The Resistance
Undisclosed Desires lets one see Muse try incorporating some R&B into their music. Matt Bellamy’s vocals remain as awesome as ever. The song sounds very much like it got produced from Timbaland but heck, the song sounds very groovy added with the creativity that only Muse can give. Pretty awesome stuff.
#11 Under The Sheets – Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding surprised me with this song. I initially thought that this single would be nothing special and simply trash. All of these opinions changed after hearing the song. Goulding’s vocals are absolutely special and the song showcases it well – all parts of the song feature her rich vocals. The song is not your ordinary pop tune. It’s way more than that. Ellie Goulding is one artist to look out in 2010.

Matt Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard have again come out with a very ambitious effort. The Resistance, much like its predecessor Black Holes and Revelations, takes on an ambitious route in trying to set up another classic and boy, they succeeded… again.

Last time out, the English band, Muse, came out with one of their best albums ever, Black Holes and Revelations, and the said album might be used as a measuring yardstick for The Resistance. However, this must not be the case as The Resistance is altogether a different album from its predecessor.

Opening the album is the band’s first single in three years, “Uprising”, which honestly opens the album quite well. The track’s pulsating beat was enough to set the tone for the album. A stomping drumbeat also adds some needed punch to the track.

“Resistance” stands out for a very well-structured chorus. What helps the track are the lyrics. Matt proclaiming “Love is our resistance” with all his might coupled with the echoing “It could be wrong (could be wrong) but it should have been right.” makes the track an absolute charm.

The third track “Undisclosed Desires” seems to be Muse trying to break in into the R&B scene with a very sleek beat. I will not say it really worked but it did not fail either. The beat screams “Timbaland” but still, the track did not really work. The track sure tells that the album really is a multidimensional effort.

“United States of Eurasia” added with a slight variation of Chopin’s Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op.9 No.2 entitled “Collateral Damage” does wonders. The track’s ambitious theme about America occupying countries rich in oil (The Middle East ones) ending with a soothing tone of Chopin’s Nocturne in E-Flat Major and an explosion of a missile or rocket absolutely worked big time.

Dominic Howard’s work in “Guiding Light” added a touch of brilliance to an otherwise vulnerable track. The drum work saved the track from mediocrity. Meanwhile, “Unnatural Selection” reminds me of some Metallica with the guitar riffs.

“MK Ultra” with its heavy guitar riffs seems to be a metal track but actually, it is not. The track could have been given more time. It had the potential to be something really special.

“I Belong To You”, soon to be featured in that New Moon film, is one of the album’s highlights. Basically, the track is a combination of the last two lines of “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix”, a popular mezzo-soprano aria and Muse’s “I Belong To You.” A classical touch does not hurt in my opinion.

Another of the album’s best highlights would be the closing symphony entitled “Exogenesis” which is divided into three parts. A brave approach by Muse, I would say. Lots of strings attached on this track and I can say that the symphony really was the best part of the new effort.

The album, coated with classical arrangements, multidimensional songs, an infusion of rare R&B touches, and the occasional rock, Muse has done it again. The combination of such elements done in a very grand fashion got me asking for more. Never mind the quibbles. The album still is a wonder and a joy to behold.

The album is really a modern masterpiece. This album is on a league of its own. Muse really has the ability to make songs which are truly breathtaking with sheer brilliance and beauty.

Genre: Rock
Date Released: September 15, 2009
Label: Warner Bros. Records/Helium 3

Muse has cemented its legacy among the faithfuls of the rock genre with this effort. Riding on the coattails of Absolution’s stunning success, Black Holes and Revelations simply is a stellar gem from top to bottom.

Opening the curtains for this album is “Take A Bow” which has a strong political message included in it. Screaming “Corrupt, you’re corrupt and bring corruption to all that you touch”, the song really tells what the band thinks about the present world.

“Starlight” goes for a more mainstream-friendly rock sound. What makes the song special is the percussion and the lovely piano arrangement coupled with Matt Bellamy’s charismatic vocals.

The sexy “Supermassive Black Hole”, with its confident danceable beat, makes one think about Muse’s real genre. The song has some disco feel included with some progressive rock flavor.

Listening to the record gave me an impression that the band has this very untouchable chemistry. Everything was smooth and the tracks showed that the band was in total sync.

Forget all those Matt Bellamy comparisons to Thom Yorke(of Radiohead fame) and to the great late Freddie Mercury(of Queen fame). Matt Bellamy has shown through this record that Matt Bellamy is one unique performer who must not be compared to any other vocalist no matter what the circumstances are. Simply put, Matt Bellamy comes into his own through this one-of-a-kind record.

Closing the album is one of its released tracks “Knights of Cydonia”. Galloping horses, a spectacular guitar work, the song closes the album on a high note. As Matt Bellamy said in “Starlight”: “Hold you in my arms! I just wanted to hold you in my arms!”, the public will be foolish if they do not cling to such high quality of music that can only be provided by the England trio. This album should silence all those detractors. Muse can definitely play well – well is an understatement in my opinion – and this album proves it.

Overall, the album is so special that I am left awestruck in the end.

Genre: Rock
Date Released: July 11, 2006
Label: Helium 3/Warner Bros. Records