Black Holes and Revelations

Black Holes and Revelations

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by Muse
     
 

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Naysayers listen up: Muse refuses to be the "next" Radiohead. Since forming in 1997, the alternative rock trio has continuously battled comparisons to the famed Oxford group while ambitiously creating a sound of its own, mixing elements of glam, pop, and symphonic music into a rock hybrid. British fans have praised the group for years, despite Americans taking until… See more details below

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Naysayers listen up: Muse refuses to be the "next" Radiohead. Since forming in 1997, the alternative rock trio has continuously battled comparisons to the famed Oxford group while ambitiously creating a sound of its own, mixing elements of glam, pop, and symphonic music into a rock hybrid. British fans have praised the group for years, despite Americans taking until Absolution to discover Muse and give them their rightful props. Whether or not you championed the grand dramatics of Absolution, Muse is a solid, unique band and Black Holes and Revelations defines those strengths with a passion. Rich Costey joins Muse in the co-production of this 11-song set; together, they create the band's most realized and meticulous album to date. "Take a Bow" sets the scene by layering full rock orchestration with waves of synthesizers and percussion, all of it building up to vocalist/guitarist Matthew Bellamy's aching performance of a world torn apart by its own instability. Though frequently compared to Queen's Freddie Mercury and Thom Yorke, Bellamy comes into his own as a vocalist here. He, drummer Dominic Howard, and bassist Chris Wolstenholme pull equal weight throughout, and Muse sounds like a complete band on Black Holes and Revelations. The sultry, swaggering "Supermassive Black Hole" and the razor-edged paranoiac "Assassin" are prime examples of how adamant Muse is about delivering the biggest rock & roll package possible, while "Starlight" proves they write a radio-worthy anthem without jeopardizing their own ethics. Bellamy howls "You and I must fight for our rights/You and I must fight to survive" during the riotous, Rush-like megalomania of "Knights of Cydonia," and it's true -- they've totally fought for their craft on this one. It may have taken four albums for Americans to get with the program, but with Black Holes and Revelations, the whole world should be watching.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
1/2 If you manage to suspend your disbelief a little, Black Holes and Revelations will push your pleasure buttons.
Billboard - Jeff Vrabel
His icy rasp perfectly suited to such blackhearted tales, Graffin also uses the stripped-away detour to contribute a few of his own tracks, which figure exactly into the album's sense of dusty isolation.
The Guardian - Dave Simpson
Bellamy's musical vision has undergone a big bang. Influences like Philip Glass, Wagner, Killing Joke, Hall & Oates, Elvis, New Order and U2 nestle alongside each other without fear of sounding utterly ridiculous.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624428428
catalogNumber:
44284
Rank:
2997

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muse   Primary Artist
Edoardo de Angelis   Violin
Marco Brioschi   Trumpet
Chris Wolstenholme   Bass Guitar,Track Performer
Matthew Bellamy   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Dominic Howard   Drums,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mauro Pagani   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Muse   Audio Production
Storm Thorgerson   Cover Photo
Rich Costey   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rupert Truman   Cover Photo
Chris Wolstenholme   Arranger
Matthew Bellamy   Arranger,Composer
Dominic Howard   Arranger
Tommaso Colliva   Engineer

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