Soso, my fellow audioscrobblers...these are albums that I've been listening to a lot (rather obsessively, if I might add), and so they've been jiggling, warping, and otherwise completely rearranging my charts around....Antics
Yeay!!!...pretty much my first Interpol
album ever...my brother bought the special edition w/the remixes and videos..videos ok, remixes superb, especially Public Pervert [Carlos D Remix]
makes me think of old times and people, opportunities lost.
Overall, I give it a double thumbs up/yeay!.Rising Force
Ahhh...what to say???...starts off w/Black Star
, which is superbly written and feels like you're gliding down the neck of the guitar, riding on the strings to the impossibly, infinitely dense center of a black star...err, black hole??...no way to describe...then Now Your Ships Are Burned
w/it's pirate-ish appeal, Evil Eye
(rather soundtracky feel, but one of my fave Malmsteens), the other-wordly and beautiful Icarus' Dream Suite
(displaying Yngwie's multi-faceted talent), and the cunningly wicked Little Savage
. [At this point I feel like I'm describing Oscar-winning Hollywood frucks or porn stars or something...]
Overall, VERRRRY awesome, wonderfully delicious, more so than Aunt Polly's cherry pie (which sucks, anyway). If you don't check it out I'll have to tell on you. A great big thanks to Cute Ben for the album, and kudos for having such great taste.Instrumental Variations
Never even heard of this guy before 7 days ago or so, but in the same market as Yngwie Malmsteen
, so I figured I'd give it a try(thanks again, Ben, you corrupter of me, ;) Interesting listen, even though the no vocals thing can drive you crazy if you're used to lots of them like I am. Good alternation between slow/fast-paced tracks, essential part of every good album. I liked Horizons
w/it's Spanish guitar feel at the beginning, which gives a fullness to the album so that you know David T. Chastain
isn't just about showing off his shredability. By the end of the album, though, I was quite glad it was over, sort of the kind of music you can od on.
Overall, good. Nothing like the genius of Malmsteen, but, eh, gotta start somewhere. :DBlack Holes and Revelations
As I write this I notice that the appropriate album art is NOT there yet, but since the album isn't actually up for sale in the UK and France until a few hours from now, I guess I can be nice about it for now (July 11th for the US!!!).
My first impression of the album came w/a listen of the live version of Supermassive Black Hole
, which was VERRRY dissapointing but is now growing on me. I was hoping the rest of the album wouldn't be as mundane, as ordinary and mainstream-MTV-wash-out, and I was pleasantly relieved.Take a Bow
. Very good intro, excellent appetizer for a meal of revelations for which you'll need a black hole to swallow. Love how each stanza progressively grows in words to make the lyrics repetitive enough to put a point across ("Corrupt/You corrupt/Bring corruption to all that you touch").Starlight
is track #2 on the album (available for listen @http://www.muse.mu
as of July 3). Very good, my favorite of the initial previews. Sets up a sort of expectant tone that is followed up by the message-ladden tracks after #3 (Supermassive Black Hole). One of brighter tracks, but still bittersweetly Muse
.Map of the Problematique
(#4) is very apocalyptic, reminiscent of the feel of Absolution
. Dark, broody, and so much freaking better than Supermassive Black Hole!!!....not to despair, the album doesn't leave it at chaotic frustration.A Soldier's Poem
, #5. Trying to say something about those in Iraq, or soldiers in general? Speaks of "no justice in the world" admist Queen
....hmmm...rather hokey and with mushy message that seems aimed at five year old kids. Drum part reminds me of Sunday Bloody Sunday
. Blehh...already said more than this track deserves (not that Sunday Bloody Sunday or U2
had it wrong).Assassin
and Exo Politics
(#'s 7 & 8) are where the album finally comes out and brings the quality and thoughtful points that Muse
fans expect. Turns out I had these two in live versions labeled as "New One III" and "New One IV." Wierd. "Assassin" is about revolution, "Exo politics" is about corruption in leadership (Hamlet, anyone?).City of Delusion
alternates between forceful lyrics/vocals and sweeping trumpet music. The whole song has a sort of Spanish guitar/Mexican mariachi/Bohemian feel to it. Call for action.Hoodoo
slows down the pace to give you a break before the grand finale. "I will take the fall for you."Knights of Cydonia
(#11, final track if you're not in Japan).
"Come ride with me through the veils of history,
I'll show you a God falls asleep on the job,
How can we win when fools can be kings?
Don't waste your time or time will waste you
No-one's going to take me alive
The time has come to make things right
You and I must fight for our rights
You and I must fight to survive"
Harsh words to the ears of Christians, but best Muse lyrics in a long time.The verdict:
Starts out iffy, finishes strong with a little something to think about (rememberThoughts of a Dying Atheist
Find all lyrics for Black Holes and Revelations
as well as previous albums here
.COMING SOON!!! Under the Iron Sea