Muse
Origin of Symmetry


4.5
superb

Review

by manuscriptreplica USER (18 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 78 replies | 11,708 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


4 of 5 thought this review was well written

This is the 2nd album of the boys from England, and in my opinion, the best. Muse are an odd band - most people know that. They can have the heaviest riff in one song, and the next song may only contain a piano and is bordering on a Celine Dion ballad. But, in this album they pull it off. Compiling of only 11 songs and running for a little over 51 minutes, it makes for a great CD. It has several released songs, such as 'Newborn', 'Bliss' and 'Plug in Baby'.

Muse are:
Matt Bellamy - Guitars, vocals, keyboards
Chris Wolstenholme - Bass
Dom Howard - Drums

All songs written by Matt Bellamy, except for * written by Bricusse/Newley

Newborn (6:02)
This song starts off with a peaceful piano bit. That's nice you think. Bass comes in next. This sounds alright you think. Vocals come in. Hmm, strange lyrics, but it still sounds good you think. Drums (well, hi-hat) comes in next. Hey, this is quite catchy. Huge guitar riff next. Whoa!!!
This song is so **** hard to play. My band tried it, but we ended up with mangled fingers. It's a great song with a sublime bass and guitar line. A great intro track.

Bliss (4:12)
Ahh. I love this clip and song, Matt falling for an eternity. This song also begins with a piano bit, and then a heavy guitar riff. This song is so well-written. Matt Bellamy is a genius. This song is accompanied by a sort of synth going up and down a scale. It finishes serenely, not unlike the previous track.

Space Dementia (6:21)
ANOTHER piano intro. Wow, this band really loves it. Matt goes psycho on the piano this time, instead of a simple riff. I don't really like this song that much, but it is still a pleasure to listen to. And similar to the previous track again, it has the piano/synth going through nearly the whole track. A very spaced out bridge, I imagine that's why it's called Space Dementia.

Hyper Music (3:21)
Finally, no piano intro! It's got some kind of rattling going on. And a great bassline to go with that. Again, I don't really like the song that much, but I can still listen to it and enjoy it. Probably one of the let-downs of the CD.

Plug in Baby (3:40)
I'll say it again: Matt Bellamy is a genius. He may be weird, he may dress funny, but he knows his ****. Seriously, this song is sublime, and is bettered by how it's composed (if that makes sense). Everything just' works in this track. Plus it has a great riff.

Citizen Erased (7:19)
My all time favourite Muse song. 7:19 minutes of perfection. The opening guitar riff is excellent. The verse is excellent. The chorus chords' are something to die for. Hear this song for the chorus, they are honestly so good. They are perfect. Then, it goes to the soft, serene bit. Oh I love this bit. It's so simple ' it's like they say 'less is more'. All the bridge bit is is bass and drums, and chords to accompany the bass. Then the solo. While not really a true solo in essence (he just hammers the whammy bar) it's still unbelievably good, over the chords to die for' ahh. Then the end bit. It's a perfect end to a song. I cannot recommend this song enough, please hear it and love it.

Micro Cuts (3:38)
OK. I'll admit it, this song is pretty ****ed up. But wait! Please endure the crap to listen to the end product, one of the most awesome-est riffs ever. Seriously. Plus, it has been done a certain way, so if you are wearing headphones, the riff goes from one side to the other' if you get what I mean.

Screenager (4:20)
This song annoys me. The whole song annoys me. The acoustic bit at the start is just to weird for me. Matt's voice is great, and it suits the song, but I don't like it. Probably the worst track for me. And unlike 'Micro Cuts', there is no huge riff to save its ***.

Dark Shines (4:47)
Great song. A kind of mundane verse, but a great chorus to back it up. Screaming and heavy guitar, how can you go wrong?? Plus, it is accompanied by a trippy guitar solo, which I happen to love. A highlight of the album, most definitely.

Feeling Good (3:19)
It's a good song, I know that, but I can't get into the song. I've never liked it. It's got a great chorus, but it's too weird for me I suppose. And the slow ending is no where near the standard of 'Citizen Erased'.

Megalomania (4:39)
This is THE ultimate ending to a CD. Whilst the start is somewhat annoying (it's similar to Screenager) but it gets cool. It's one of those songs that would kind of suck if it wasn't the ending song. And the end is so cool, the organ with this huge chord.

Well there you go, my 2 cents on Origin of Symmetry. My rating? Probably 4.5/5 ' there are lots of great songs, but some let it down.



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JAStewart
November 26th 2003



180 Comments


Excellent review.

RideTheSpiral
November 26th 2003



26 Comments


I didn't agree with your track by track reviews entirely but it is Muse's best effort thus far. New Born and Citizen Erased are the highlight as you mentioned.

3.8/5

moderaterock222
November 26th 2003



121 Comments


pretty good review and i agree with most of your comments..except i really like the piano intro's. also the chorus of dark shines when he sings the lyrics 'dark shines'...im convinced he sings 'dog sh[i][/i]ite'

RideTheSpiral
November 27th 2003



26 Comments


Originally posted by moderaterock222
pretty good review and i agree with most of your comments..except i really like the piano intro's. also the chorus of dark shines when he sings the lyrics 'dark shines'...im convinced he sings 'dog sh[/i]ite'


:eek:

I'm convinced he says "c[i]
unt hated" in Bliss.

hybridofsound
November 28th 2003



131 Comments


Fantastic album. Plug In baby would have to be one of the bet songs of all time in my books. I would sa Origin would be the strongest Muse album yet.

JAStewart
November 28th 2003



180 Comments


Absolution.

Lohrtar
April 16th 2004



7 Comments


This CD is probably my favourite CD of all time. Plug-in baby and Space Dementia are my favourites

brycey
April 16th 2004



205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a great album, and only recently did I start liking Muse. They're a great band, and this is a great album. :thumb:

Gubbe
April 23rd 2004



7 Comments


review is not bad

but you are so ****ing wrong about micro cuts
that is their best song ever
that song is soooooooooooooooooo good, cant describe how good
matt bellamy is a ****ing genius, he doesnt know to make bad songs because all the songs from muse are good, not one of them is bad
and micro cuts is the best of all those good songs

just listen to it, and you know that i'm so right

3rdplanet
April 24th 2004



46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love their Effects, their Keyboard work and general composition.

Good review, but i disagree with what you say about Hyper Music, I really like it, all of it.

I would give this album a 4/5

superpeer
June 23rd 2004



257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is an awesome album.

Especially the atmosphere grabs you by the throath.

4/5 or 4.5/5 haven't listened to it for a while. :o

NickyHIMfan
June 23rd 2004



12 Comments


[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]
Newborn (6:02)
Huge guitar riff next. Whoa!!!
This song is so **** hard to play. My band tried it, but we ended up with mangled fingers. It?s a great song with a sublime bass and guitar line. A great intro track.

Micro Cuts (3:38)
OK. I?ll admit it, this song is pretty ****ed up. But wait! Please endure the crap to listen to the end product, one of the most awesome-est riffs ever. Seriously. Plus, it has been done a certain way, so if you are wearing headphones, the riff goes from one side to the other? if you get what I mean.
[/QUOTE]
I may be a moody little teenager, but for once I'll be stereotypical by completely disagreeing with you on those two points.

I'm only 14 and I've been playing guitar for barely a year, but 'Newborn' must be one of the easiest Muse songs I've learned. It's pants easy...

And along with Gubbe, I also think Micro Cuts is well up there on the favourite Muse songs lists of most folk, it's an amazing song, and amazing live, I saw Muse last year and that song got a wicked reception from the crowd.

incubliss
June 23rd 2004



116 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^^

some people pick up on guitar faster than others, so how long you took to learn the song will always be different to others.

back on topic, i love the album, but Showbiz is my favourite album, but Oos has my favourite songs on it. it's a hard life.

Radiobass81
June 23rd 2004



23 Comments


[QUOTE=NickyHIMfan]I may be a moody little teenager, but for once I'll be stereotypical by completely disagreeing with you on those two points.

I'm only 14 and I've been playing guitar for barely a year, but 'Newborn' must be one of the easiest Muse songs I've learned. It's pants easy...[/QUOTE]

The hard thing about the song is to keep up at the speed the whole time.

To tell you the truth, I have never heard the song, but htats what everyone says.

manuscriptreplica
July 27th 2004



431 Comments


[QUOTE=NickyHIMfan]I may be a moody little teenager, but for once I'll be stereotypical by completely disagreeing with you on those two points.

I'm only 14 and I've been playing guitar for barely a year, but 'Newborn' must be one of the easiest Muse songs I've learned. It's pants easy...[/QUOTE]


Granted, it's not really that hard, but have you played it, PROPERLY (like it is on the CD) up to speed (it's very fast), all the way through (6 and a half minutes)? I think not.

brycey
July 27th 2004



205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't play New Born properly, all the way through on bass. Well, my fingers hurt like hell after playing the riff a few times over, so I give up. The riff is badass though.

And Microcuts is one of my favourite songs from the album.

Jellyspoon
July 27th 2004



12 Comments


I dunno, I tried learning Newborn for a laugh just then, it seemed pretty easy, the solo is just the intro chord tones and all. plug away at it anyhow, it is really fun to play, the best fun I've had playing guitar in ages. I think I'll go and buy this CD, just as soon as I have Oceanic and Miss Machine.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 27th 2004



2125 Comments


Brilliant album. My favourite tracks would be "Plug In Baby" and "New Born". Anyone seen their DVD?

amused232
August 12th 2004



2 Comments


Must say Space Dementia, Micro Cuts and Megalomania are just the most amazing songs on this album. OoS is definitely their strongest album, not their best I could never choose a fave but it seems to appeal to the most people, still don't understand why their label wouldn't release it in the US.
Actually they released New Born, Bliss, Hyper Music/Feeling Good (double A-side) and PIB as singles.
My least fave song would probs be Screenager, but then I love the live version on Hullabaloo w/ the cool piano riff so that doesn't mean much.

Med57
Moderator
September 21st 2004



1001 Comments


I just bought this today after hearing numerous people rave about it, and saying it was better than Absolution, which I think was one of, if not the album of last year. And my God was it worth it. This is an absolutely brilliant album, and one that is well worth getting if you like the band, or even if you just like good rock music in general. A good review as well, although I think you are a bit harsh on some songs, but yeah...get this album. I'd probably give it 4.7/5 or so.



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