- Forced In
- Shrinking Universe
- Yes Please
- Map of Your Head
- Nature 1
- The Gallery
- Hyper Chondriac Music
Critics say that Radiohead is best, but Muse is equally passionate and mad when it comes to delivering a raw rock sound. The Hullabaloo Soundtrack arrived after only two albums -- 1999's Showbiz and 2001's indie smash Origin of Symmetry -- and it's an ambitious move for the band. Hullabaloo captures Muse live in concert at Le Zenith in Paris in October 2001 on disc two. Frontman Matthew Bellamy howls and halloos through classics like "Muscle Museum" and "Citizen Erased." His bandmates provide a tight, grunge-inspired rhythm section; however, Bellamy's vocal anguish is painfully romantic -- think Jeff Buckley and more conservative Thom Yorke. Theatrics do take over Muse's overall live show. One cannot ignore the sinister string arrangements of "Space Dementia," but newer cuts like "Dead Star" and "In Your World" showcase the band's original rock intent. No vocal mimicry, no electronic distortion. Disc one offers a selection of B-sides from the band's 1999 and 2001 sessions. Fans should be more than delighted to have each single compiled onto one album. Standouts: "Hyper Chondriac Music" and "Map of Your Head." Muse eagerly defines, in an artistic sense, what music means to them. For a massive follower of the band, the Hullabaloo Soundtrack is a decent look back. For new fans, consider the album a treat. [A bonus CD version was also released.]
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Sure, it's not as well polished or orderly as their two previous releases, but it's a b-sides and live album, so what do you expect. The live component is probably better enjoyed on the DVD version, just so you can bask in the glory of Matt's rock moves, but it still reflects that Muse are one of the most rocking live acts going around. It is perhaps disappointing that the songs are not experimented with to any great extent, and other than some big rock finishes and guitar/piano solo improvisations, but one just has to marvel at the fact that Matt can sing Micro Cuts at the start of the gig (it's about two octaves out of my vocal range) and then continue with the vocal power. Out of the three new tracks, Dead Star and Agitated are very gnarly loud songs with heaps of distortion (much like Hyper Music or the non-piano section of Cave), whereas In Your World is a surprisingly happy-sounding song from the guys. The b-sides album is much better than I had expected. The first track, Forced In, and track 9, The Gallery, are very odd and are esque of the way in which Pink Floyd sat on stage and then tried to make as many different noises come out of the instruments as humanly possible - they are quite trippy. The middle track, Map of Your Head, is quite unusually light and bouncy, and sees Matt playing quite a cool acoustic guitar riff. The closing track, Hyper Chondriac Music, is vastly different to the original Hyper Music, with each long vocal note quite painstakingly melancholy, but nevertheless extremely powerful. And there is, of course, the usual mix of quality loud and quiet songs that we have come to expect. The amount of weird and wonderful stuff that Matt Bellamy writes for this band is making it constantly more and more interesting to be a Muse fan. Hopefully he keeps producing the epics.
Need i say more? Most B-side albums tend to fall by the way side due to the over playing of A-side album tracks. Hullaballo, be it slightly inferior to Showbiz, is an awesome album which culminates all of Muses achievements to date. The 2nd CD, which is a gig live from the 'la Zenith' in Paris is brilliant to listen to no matter what mood you were in when you pressed play. I loved origin of Symmetry and Showbiz and this has rounded of my collection to the band which is the future of intelligent gutair music.