Why you once loved Muse (and probably still do)

At one stage or another, every teen has obsessed over a band like there’s no tomorrow. You probably lined up at the record store to be one of the first to snatch up a copy of Origin of Symmetry, or ordered a uniquely designed band tee from a friend of a friend, or covered the walls of your bedroom with posters of Matthew Bellamy in unnaturally staged, corny stances.

Surely, at some point during these developmental years, Muse became ‘that’ band. They are one of those bands who have actually been able to keep the loyalty of their devoted following by ensuring their music has grown with their audience, ever continuing that intense conversation with fans from one song to the next.

Muse don’t hesitate to dabble in different areas of the industry with different sounds, catering to a variety of musical preferences so you can’t help but like what you hear. It’s a rare moment to come across someone at a party who won’t admit to loving Muse – past or present.

As the British rockers tour the nation, we’ve compiled a list of 10 songs to remind you why you once loved Muse (or still do.)

1. ‘Time is Running Out’

There is a sense of urgency in this melodic track that builds with the introduction of layer upon creative layer and a powerful bass line, before climaxing at the epic chorus.

2. ‘Starlight’

An even more anthemic melody with catchy piano tones and lyrics that most will find they can relate to in one way or another.

3. ‘Undisclosed Desires’

I mean, this song features a keytar! For those not yet familiar with this instrument, it is a keyboard supported by a shoulder strap, held much like a guitar – it doesn’t get much cooler than that. It’s Muse’s answer to synth pop.

4. ‘Supermassive Blackhole’

A riff that makes you want to shake those hips and wave your arms high in the air. The seductive, haunting falsetto leaves you yearning for more when the song abruptly ends after just three-and-a-half minutes. Plus, the track has to be given some credit for saving Twilight from being a complete write-off.

5. ‘Plug in Baby’

If this song didn’t make you want to pick up the guitar, then nothing will. While the lyrics and music video received some controversy, it’s undoubtedly one of the best riffs of all time and, sure enough, it was voted as the Greatest Riff of the Decade in a poll by Total Guitar magazine. You can’t help but dance around your room like a drunken hobo to this track full blast when the parentals aren’t home.

6. ‘Knights of Cydonia’

This very unique track acts as an almost ‘aural only’ form of cinema (the complete opposite to silent film) as the music seems to tell its own story, taking you on a journey over the six minutes and seven seconds it demands your attention.

7. ‘Feeling Good’

Muse brought a depth to this, let’s face it, somewhat overplayed track originally sung by Cy Grant. Muse identified a light and shade that previous covers hadn’t truly been able to wholly capture. There are underpinning dark elements that were given life by the Muse version.

8. ‘Resistance’

This track tends to stand apart from the others. There is a slightly less Muse-y feel to it as it begins with the choral sounds and piano; the lyrics drawing reference to George Orwell’s famous novel 1984.

9. ‘Neutron Star Collision’

Again the gentle piano tones present a refreshing accentuation of Matt’s brilliant vocal performance. Can’t go wrong with stripping back the odd song.

10. ‘Hysteria’

There’s something quite special about this track. One of the rockier of the Muse collection, the guitar solo does not disappoint. The haunting desperation in Bellamy’s vocals complements the squealing guitar perfectly.

 

Originally published at Everguide.

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About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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