Last year was a great year for music in my life. I started an initiative for myself to further explore bands that I may only know by name or a couple hit songs. The world of music is intensely massive and I decided that my rate of discovery was too small. So, I ramped up my acquisition of new tunes! Lo and behold, it didn't take long for me to discover my all-time favorite band. Who might that be?
I was first introduced to Muse in 2004 when a friend recommended a song to me on iTunes. It was the track "Muscle Museum" from their first album, Showbiz. When she was showing it to me, I wasn't paying that much attention, but added it to my library anyway. A couple weeks later, it played in Shuffle mode and I when I heard it I thought, "Good GOD, what is this aural nirvana?" The song has very passionate vocals, delivered by Matthew Bellamy's often high-pitched and crooning voice. It also features some excellent combinations of piano and electric guitar.
Naturally, you'd think after finding something I enjoyed, I'd go out and experience the rest of the band's material, right? I tried. I previewed other Muse songs on iTunes, but from those 30 second samples, I couldn't identify with the music. So, I kept "Muscle Museum" in my playlist and moved on. Fast forward to 2007. Nigel, a friend and co-worker insists that I watch a music video on YouTube. It was "Knights of Cydonia" on the latest Muse album Black Holes and Revelations. This music video is made of awesome. A fantastic blend of Spaghetti Western film parody, over-the-top rock ballads, unicorns, and lasers. 'Nuff said, just click the link. Stage6 link This song is also featured in Guitar Hero 3.
Anyway, after seeing this video, I was compelled to learn more about Muse. I bought Black Holes and Revelations and was immediately hooked. I couldn't believe what I was missing out on. I partially blame the 30 second previews on iTunes as a poor way to check out new music, but honestly I think there was a certain point in my musical listening that before it I wouldn't have liked Muse that much. And when I was checking them out in 2004, that point hadn't yet been reached. Perhaps a certain emotional state or maturity is required to feel their music. Maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about and I just love Muse...
I highly recommend Muse, but I realize they aren't for everyone. I love their intense sound... I'm captivated whenever I listen to them. Some of my favorite tracks are:
Origins of Symmetry
Plug In Baby
Map of Your Head
Time is Running Out
Black Holes and Revelations
Take a Bow
Supermassive Black Hole
Map of the Problematique
Ok, one more video link. I discovered this one quite recently. Their live performance looks INCREDIBLE. I truly hope I'll get to see them play live one day.
<3 <3 Matt Bellamy <3 <3