Muse
Origin of Symmetry


5.0
classic

Review

by DarthMann USER (21 Reviews)
January 29th, 2012 | 40 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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Piglet
January 29th 2012


4662 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

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9545 Comments


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



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Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9545 Comments


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

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


9545 Comments


Perhaps write a serious review?

wabbit
January 29th 2012


7020 Comments


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




also





fuck muse

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9545 Comments


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

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9545 Comments


It was my first Muse album, really dig it.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2012


16785 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


10355 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

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2012


16785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't get me wrong, I shouldn't have made it sound like an inadequate review or something. Just the phrasing seems a little hyperbolic at times, but sometimes that can be good to get a point across. Especially with a 5.

My ranking would go Abs > OoS > BHAR > Biz > god their most recent one was so bad I can't even remember its name, oh well not like anyone's missing out

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2012


16785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i have everything they ever released, i used to worship these guys

i like their cover of 'can't take my eyes off of you'

bloc
January 29th 2012


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review shoots down the shit that came after Absolution.

I like the way you think.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2012


50850 Comments


My least favorite Radiohead album

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NeutralThunder12
January 29th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you're retarded

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2012


50850 Comments


I doubt it

NeutralThunder12
January 29th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its definitley better than king o limbs lol

Restrikted
January 29th 2012


1889 Comments


this album licks paint

fsharptrit0ne
January 29th 2012


4814 Comments


yea these guys are real proggy



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