Muse
Origin of Symmetry


5.0
classic

Review

by Burning_October USER (9 Reviews)
November 4th, 2007 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Origin of Symmetry combines all of the best elements of Muse to create a masterpiece of an album.

Origin of Symmetry is Muse's masterpiece. It's an epic, powerful album that grabs you from the first note, and it's something that should be in everyones music collection.

The album starts off with New Born, which starts off with some simple piano work that is quickly joined by an equally simple bass line. It sounds like it will be a softer track, but then a loud distorted base line comes in and changes the whole mood of the song. It mellows out slightly (as in, its still really loud) for the verse before reaching the amazing chorus. It's an amazing song, one of the best that Muse have ever done.

The next track is Bliss, which begins with an some interesting electronic keyboard, before exploding into a wall of guitars. The song is definately more pop sounding then New Born, but it is just as good, if not better. It also does a good job of showing how much variety there is in Muse's sound. The next track confirms that point, with some classical sounding piano being pevalent sound.

Hyper Music and Plug In Baby are both great rock songs, with the guitar and bass led verse of the former being one of the albums highlights. Citizen Erased, a favourite of most Muse fans, is an interesting song, changing tone half way through. The guitar riff in this song is one of the best Muse have ever put to tape, and coupled with the bass and drums it is certainly one of the bands most powerful songs. The quieter second verse sounds great, especially coming right after the loud chorus. Matt's vocals also shine on the track, his fallsetto in the chorus is amazing. Unfortunately, the song drags slightly in the second half.

The next song, Micro Cuts is an intense, dark masterpiece. Mett sings fallsetto for the whole track, and the end result is one of Muse's most interesting songs. The solo at the end adds a lot to the atmosphere of the song, as does the distortion found through most of it.

The rest of the album continues with the classical sound, with one great track after another. Album closer Meglomania is one of Muse's most epic songs, starting out with some quiet organ playing and slowly building up before reaching the climax of the second chorus. Matt's uses his singing to amazing effect here, layering his fallsetto over his normal voice. The end result is nothing short of amazing, and it closes off the album perfectly.

As you can tell, Origin of Symmetry is an incredibly varied album, showing almost all of Muse's different sounds. The whole album is just amazing, and there are no filler tracks. Some songs, such as Screenager and Megalomania may take a few listens to grow on you, but once they do you will probably find that they are actually great songs. The album also does not get old quickly; you can listen to this for a long time before you grow tired of it. This is an amazing, original album, and one that every music lover should give a listen.

Members of Muse:

Matthew Bellamy- Vocals, Guitar Piano
Chris Wolstenholme- Bass, Keyboard, Vocals
Dominic Howard- Drums



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Jom
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2007


2711 Comments


Hey man, welcome. Just so you know, I put the line-up at the bottom of the review. The owner of the site wants reviews to start with exactly that: the reviews. The band information and other extra information can be saved for the band pages or the bottom of the reviews. It just looks clunky forcing the reader to read a bunch of background information before diving into the review.

McP3000
November 4th 2007


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do we need another 5/5 for OoS?

(even though the album does rock me hard)

Iai
Emeritus
November 4th 2007


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The ratings for this confuse me. It's what, the third best Muse album at most?

Two-Headed Boy
November 4th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh, second.

Serpento
November 4th 2007


2351 Comments


Sadly, I think it's the best. 3.5's don't comply with that =/

The review's not bad, concise but full.

McP3000
November 4th 2007


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The ratings for this confuse me. It's what, the third best Muse album at most?

Third? I can understand second...but third? Absolution has way too much filler and BH&R was half excellent, half bad experiment with political tripe.

Altmer
November 5th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no this album just sucks

Iai
Emeritus
November 5th 2007


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Absolution doesn't have as much filler as this, and Black Holes & Revelations easily blows both out of the water.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 5th 2007


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Altmer, like, out of pure curiosity, how do you justify a 1.5?

Altmer
November 5th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I find the album annoying, boring, and quite frankly I fall asleep listening to it. I like plug in baby and the rest is just ugh. It either sounds like a more annoying version of Radiohead or it just makes me fall asleep.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 5th 2007


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You have no groove man :{This Message Edited On 11.05.07

Altmer
November 5th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey, I dig Absolution and Black Holes, man. I just don't like the sound on this one.

Plug In Baby rules all though. It's the only song I like from this.This Message Edited On 11.05.07

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 5th 2007


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there, there.

Clunge
November 5th 2007


32 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wait, I thought this album had a track three?

Anyhoo, great album, equal in greatness with Absolution and BH&R for me.

MediocreAtBest
November 5th 2007


1473 Comments


IMO this is their best.

Absolution does have filler, BHaR flat out just isn't as solid or consistent and Showbiz sounds too much like Radiohead. Very close to being a 5 for me, the only reason it isn't is Micro Cuts.

Commortus
November 5th 2007


237 Comments


I thought the reviewer's name was burning octopus when I saw this review on the front page. That would've been a lot cooler.

McP3000
November 5th 2007


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Absolution doesn't have as much filler as this, and Black Holes & Revelations easily blows both out of the water.

Absolution Filler: Intro, Falling Away from You, Interlude, Blackout, Endlessly, Ruled by Secrecy

BH&R: Half amazing, half political tripe with crappy music writing (Take a Bow, Soldier's Poem, Exo-Politics, Hoo Doo).
And then Invincible is just boring as hell, and Knights of Cydonia is so fucking CORNY. They're from fucking Britain, not anything western about that...but then again i live in Texas :rolleyes:

Metalikane
November 5th 2007


851 Comments


Yeah, I think this one's the best. Absolution's second with Showbiz being third, although some of my favorite songs of Muse's are off of Showbiz. I dont like Blackholes...



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