Muse
Origin of Symmetry


5.0
classic

Review

by C I N A E D U S USER (21 Reviews)
January 29th, 2012 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'You know I don't want you and I never did. I don't want you and I never will.' My feelings towards the Resistance. Bellamy is a prophet.

It is said, in ancient music folklore, that Matthew Bellamy is perhaps the most obnoxious musician to walk on our hallowed planet since James Hetfield. People used to murmur that as Muse’s fan-base extended, so did Bellamy’s head. Whispers turned into casual conversation, as the truth behind these tales became superficially clear with the ill-fated release of ‘The Resistance.’ Nevertheless, back in 2001, at the time of Origin of Symmetry’s release, these declarations were merely rumours, and frankly, after those who characterized Muse as ‘Radiohead wananbees,’ listened to Origin of Symmetry, they were left well and truly dumbstruck.

The raw persona Muse adopted in this record creates an aura of energy surrounding every track on the album. With just a single listen, it becomes blatantly coherent that when writing this record, Muse were restless and raring to go. This was before Bellamy decided to subliminally imply that everyone should be wearing tin-foil hats to deter government satellites that can read our minds in the track ‘Exo-Politics’.

This was before Muse veered right of the road.

This is the real Muse.

When we think of enthusiasm, many things instantly leap to our mind. http://www.iwatchstuff.com/images/2006/03/jack-black-diary.jpg may be one of them. This album, to those that enjoy it, would definitely be a contender. It was this vigour that was the driving force behind everything Muse once were – something they would lose in years to come. Whether it be the eerie distorted solo from ‘Citizen Erased,’ or the devastating riff from ‘Plug in Baby,’ in every corner of this album there is an essence of oomph. The piano, a common inclusion, is generally very loud and in your face. Bellamy plays the keys like a master at work, and it is this characteristic that really defined this album. In ‘Space Dementia’ and the chorus of ‘Darkshines,’ his dynamic strokes of the piano reveal themselves better than ever.

The overall atmosphere of this record comes off exactly the way Muse sought after. With the frequently raging synth, the dire tone of Bellamy’s falsetto vocals –on display in pretty much every track- and the fuzzily distorted bass create an ambient sensation of floating in outer space. However, the subtle callousness that works its way through the record makes the journey into the unknown much more adventurous. The outstanding album closer, ‘Megalomania,’ starts off soothingly, with an organ playing repeated arpeggios, and Dom’s typical simple yet fulfilling drum beat. However the song suddenly explodes as the chorus quickly changes the entire dynamic of the track. Muse’s knack for being unpredictable works much to their advantage this time around.

Musicianship has played such a vital part in all of the previous decades greatest albums. Although a seemingly messy album with all that is going on, ‘Origin of Symmetry,’ is actually a musically sound record that arrests the listener’s attention within seconds. The track placing is well implemented; the album flows efficiently and effectively. Bellamy’s vocals are just seamless for everything that Muse attempts to achieve with this album, the desperation that echoes from his voice when he sings throughout the album - especially apparent in the song 'Hyper Music'- is incredibly effective.


’Mmmmmmmmmmmm
Your golden skies feed my role
In this forgotten space race under my control
Who's returned from the dead?
Who remains?’


This is vocalised with such conviction it is hard not to rewind the record and play Hyper Music just that one more time.

There is no denying it, Muse have lost their mojo. ‘The Resistance,’ is everything we hoped Muse wouldn't come to be. Luckily, we have this enlightening album which lives up to and exceeds nearly all of the potential Bellamy and his troops had.

’ crucifie mes ennemis quand je suis fatigué de vivre.’

This is definitely and essential album.



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DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


its already got enough reviews, but i dont so yeah this album rules

Piglet
January 29th 2012


4654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a really cool album, might bump my rating
looks like a nice review, will read

Titan50
January 29th 2012


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I miss Muse

DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


so do i
dammit bellamy why did you go crazy
and yeah piglet you should

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9543 Comments


There is a lot of hyperbole here, as well as a few oxymorons.



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DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


yeah i do that a lot

DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


i find it more interesting for everyone to exaggerate than to just analyse the music

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9543 Comments


It might be nice to show us what you can really do rather than just exaggerate all the time.

DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


how do you mean

NeutralThunder12
January 29th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

outstanding review. i find this album to be pretty nice but its overrated. Prolly their best though. posd

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9543 Comments


Perhaps write a serious review?

wabbit
January 29th 2012


7002 Comments


that album art looks like a shittier version of the OKC era concept art.




also





fuck muse

DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


thanks neutral

and yeah acanthus i know what you mean but this is different cos its a 5?
if i was reviewing per say, a 3 album or something it would be a bit more serious.
but I know what you mean

and lol rabbit have you even heard this album

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9543 Comments


I still need to listen to older Muse, I enjoyed BHAR a ton.

DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


BHAR is hated for some reason, I love map, invincible and hoodoo.

If you like that you'll definintley like this.

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9543 Comments


It was my first Muse album, really dig it.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2012


16139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is alright i guess. careful about using gay as a synonym for bad; also lots of unnecessary exaggerations.

their best album is absolution, imo, but this is still great

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2012


10209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

" ‘Blackwater Park’ had a very tight group of instrumentalists which enabled the album to gain the title as one of the best Progressive Death Metal albums ever." This sentence and the one before it are pretty unnecessary, or should be altered to flow into the next part better.

Overall very good review though. I love this album

DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


lol well seeing as its being repeatedly bought up ill cut some of the exaggerations.

and i prefer this, but only just. Absolution has heaps of awesome tracks though

DarthMann
January 29th 2012


13815 Comments


but im not cutting the intro because that is not an exaggeration whatsoever



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