Muse (yes, no, or meh-be?)
posted at 2/26/2013 2:26 PM EST
Nice succinct name for a band. Another (originally) innovative, alt, prog British 1990s band that's heading into their 20th anniversary year, Muse is on a major tour swing stateside; they're performing at the TD North / Boston in April, FYI. They seem to have sold out at least one of their MSG tour dates thus far. Still packing the house.
So how do you view Muse at this point in their 20-year route? They flew under the radar for me until 6-7 years ago, when I began to be more drawn to their music. Apparently, it's their live shows that shine a light on their talents. Anyone know firsthand? They've either been nominated or won awards for their music, videos, and live performances. Some of their albums have had more success in the UK than in the US, but that's not to say they haven't been extravagantly successful here.
Last year Muse released, The 2nd Law, their 6th album, to critical acclaim. A single from that album, "Madness" was deemed one of the best songs of 2012 -- IMHO a good song, but not a great song. So it goes with opinions ...
Matthew Bellamy's falsetto might be a "Like" or "Don't Like" proposition, along with his use of vibrato. This is not a band that sings about bein' in love, blue skies and candy-coated subject matter, either. Social alienation, technological fear, and otherwise apocalyptic themes will give you a run for your money, however. Do any of you see the comparison between Muse and Radiohead as valid? Or is it just Bellamy's voice ...? Or nonsense?
So what's your *opinion*? Thoughts, anyone?