Friday, February 19, 2016

S̶o̶n̶g̶ Album of the Week: Origin of Symmetry - Muse

I recently remembered receiving a taped (yes, a cassette tape) version of a Muse album from a friend in around 2001-2002 and liking it a lot.  Looking for something new to listen to, I looked up which album it would be and found Origin of Symmetry, which I've been rocking this week.

As a fan of both good and bad early 2000s rock, it instinctively appealed to me.  It's a bit overwrought in the way music from that period tended to be (think lots of vibrato, big gasping breaths between verses [it's sort of proto-emo, come to think of it]), and it's got some nü metal* stylings in the use of electronic music and harmonies.  It's even got a Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave feel to it in spots (see "Hyper Music").

Basically, it's a perfect amalgam of the stuff I listened to as a teenager, and so probably appeals to me in a way it won't to a lot of people.


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