#1009 Muse – Black Holes and Revelations

Muse released their fourth studio album Black Holes and Revelations in 2006. The band took more control in production and changed direction in style citing Depeche Mode, Millionaire, Lightning Bolt, Sly and the Family Stone, and music from southern Italy as some of their influences. The themes are the same as their previous albums. The album was in the 2007 version, but has since been removed.

My favourite songs are “Starlight”, “Map of the Problematique”, “Invincible“, “Hoodoo”, “Take a Bow”, and the rest of the songs.

I read bit about leader singer and songwriter Matt Bellamy. I had no idea that he and Kate Hudson were engaged at one time and had a child together. The weirdest thing for me was this quote from him. At Pinkpop 2004, Bellamy said in an interview that he hadn’t anything against religion, he just didn’t have one. He said that his dedication to music might serve as a replacement to religion. I was thinking about this concept this week. If you believe in God, then do you worship Him or do you put things in place of Him in your life. I think about a lot of things. The interview is below.

Overall, I like this album a lot. I definitely hear the Depeche Mode influence in many of the songs. It is a great album, but I do prefer the quiet moments in Bellamy’s vocals. I recommend this album if you like alternative rock, progressive rock, space rock, and electronic rock. At times I think Muse is not sure of who they are, but rather focus on who they admire. 9/10.

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