Black Holes and Revelations [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Naysayers listen up. Teignmouth, England's Muse refuse to be the "next" Radiohead. Since forming in 1997, this alternative rock trio has continuously battled comparisons to the famed Oxford group while ambitiously creating a sound of their own. British fans have praised the group for years, despite Americans taking until Absolution to discover Muse and give them their props. Whether or not you championed the grand dramatics of Absolution, Muse is a solid band and Black Holes and Revelations defines that 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 ...
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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Naysayers listen up. Teignmouth, England's Muse refuse to be the "next" Radiohead. Since forming in 1997, this alternative rock trio has continuously battled comparisons to the famed Oxford group while ambitiously creating a sound of their own. British fans have praised the group for years, despite Americans taking until Absolution to discover Muse and give them their props. Whether or not you championed the grand dramatics of Absolution, Muse is a solid band and Black Holes and Revelations defines that 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 immediately with mesmerizing full rock orchestration layered in waves of synthesizers and percussion, 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 here. He, drummer Dominic Howard, and bassist Chris Wolstenholme appear completely in sync for the first time. Sure, their previous work showed promise, but they sound like a complete band on Black Holes and Revelations. The sultry, swaggering "Supermassive Black Hole" and the razor-edged paranoiac "Assassin" are good examples of how adamant Muse is about delivering the biggest rock & roll package they possibly can. Bellamy howls "You and I must fight for our rights/You and I must fight to survive" on 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 it, but with Black Holes and Revelations, the whole world should be watching. [This edition of the CD comes with a DVD of videos.]
Los Angeles Times - Alie Ward
The first single, "Supermassive Black Hole," is a jaw-dropping departure, boasting a baffling, Justin Timberlake-like falsetto, a bizarrely danceable beat and infectious, cheeky riffs.
San Francisco Chronicle - Jaan Uhelszki
Muse's fourth studio album finds the British trio finally growing into its potential.... On a song like "Assassin," Muse is calling for full-scale revolution -- in both music and thought.

Muse's fourth studio album finds the British trio finally growing into its potential.... On a song like "Assassin," Muse is calling for full-scale revolution -- in both music and thought.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624435020
  • Catalog Number: 44350

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take a Bow (4:35)
  2. 2 Starlight (3:59)
  3. 3 Supermassive Black Hole (3:29)
  4. 4 Map of the Problematique (4:18)
  5. 5 Soldier's Poem (2:03)
  6. 6 Invincible (5:00)
  7. 7 Assassin (3:31)
  8. 8 Exo-Politics (3:53)
  9. 9 City of Delusion (4:48)
  10. 10 Hoodoo (3:43)
  11. 11 Knights of Cydonia (6:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hysteria
  2. 2 New Born
  3. 3 Sing for Absolution
  4. 4 Muscle Museum
  5. 5 Apocalypse Please
  6. 6 Ruled by Secrecy
  7. 7 Sunburn
  8. 8 Butterflies and Hurricanes
  9. 9 Bliss
  10. 10 Time Is Running Out
  11. 11 Plug in Baby
  12. 12 Blackout
  13. 13 Fury
  14. 14 The Small Print
  15. 15 Stockholm Syndrome
  16. 16 The Groove
  17. 17 Riff Rucas
  18. 18 Endlessly
  19. 19 Thoughts of a Dying Athiest
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muse Primary Artist
Edoardo de Angelis Violin
Marco Brioschi Trumpet
Chris Wolstenholme Track Performer
Matthew Bellamy Track Performer
Dominic Howard Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mauro Pagani String Arrangements, String Conductor
Audrey Riley String Arrangements, String Conductor
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Adam Taylor Engineer
Storm Thorgerson Cover Photo
Rich Costey Producer, Engineer
Rupert Truman Cover Photo
Aaron White Camera Operator
Vlado Meller Mastering
Chris Wolstenholme Arranger, Composer
Claudius Mittendorfer Engineer
Matthew Bellamy Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements
Dominic Howard Arranger, Composer
Fergal Davis Mastering
Steven Oritt Camera Operator
Tommaso Colliva Engineer
Alex Turner Camera Operator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MUSE's new cd takes it to the next level!

    Nearly three years since their US breakthrough album “Absolution”, Muse will be releasing their fourth-coming installment called “Black Holes & Revelations”. While taking most of 2005 off to recoup from their lengthy tour, one of UK’s favorite bands have gotten more in touch with the experimentation of other genre’s including Funk, R&B, and Electronica while also keeping up to date with their signature aggressive guitar riffs and falsetto vocals. The first single “Supermassive Black Hole” takes you on a dance type beat ride mixed with alternative guitar that will keep you aching for more. On other tracks including “Assassin”, it shows you more melodic guitar combined with harmonizing tales of futurism, science, and the supernatural that we loved with their previous work. Newest single, “Knights of Cydonia” combines actual trumpet playing and vocals from Bellamy’s higher and lower ranges that have been compared to the great Freddie Mercury of Queen. This CD will definitely not disappoint as it has a little something for everyone to enjoy.

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