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As a child of the 70s I grew up watching Rock Operas. I grew up roller skating in the rinks as a pinball wizard and singing for teachers to leave me alone. There have been several albums that have tried to be rock opera. Nine Inch Nails downward spiral was about a man who loses everything and eventually commits suicide. I love the album but the story doesn’t come through so well. Maybe they needed a cohesive set of videos to bring it all together or maybe they needed to include the song they were too worried to include that only lyrics were “Just f*ck*ng do it.” It’s understandable why that song was left off the album.

While I was at the Muse concert with salacious_pop (thank you so much again) there were several songs I really enjoyed that I wasn’t familiar with. I though they were from the third album that I have my favorite songs... And I skip over the rest... But I was wrong. It turns out they had a fourth album I had never heard, I have since been listening to it constantly. It’s a brilliant album.

I do wonder if “Black Holes and Revelations” is supposed to be a rock opera because it vividly brings one to my mind. In my mind it’s a mashing together of the Lestat character and “A Clockwork Orange”. It’s a beautiful mixing of classical piano, dancing guitar riffs, and a emotional voice bouncing through the octaves. This was the music a vampire would make and with such aggression, pain, and precision. I can see the character bludgeoning a person with a penis sculpture only to be caught and tortured with “Everybody loves Raymond” inter-spliced with other atrocities to classical music under the influence of a new emotionally crippling drug. Once defanged the vampire is left to become an undying victim. But in the end, is he really still a victim and has he learned anything?

Check out “Take a bow”, “Starlight” and “Knights of Cydonia”

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes and Happy Birthday to my BD-twin stormwind

Take A Bow - Muse - Black Holes & Revelations

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salacious_pop
Apr. 24th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
YAY @ this post. Yea, the reason why they've been touring was to promote this new, 4th album. The street date for it was 07/11/06 - almost a year ago. Oy.

I am very late to the game in finding them, and so far I only have the most recent album.

If you check the wikipedia on BH&R, it does say there are definite themes being written about which make repeat appearances on the album, but it doesn't suggest there is some cohesive concept or tale. If such a story exists, you'd probably find it better explained somewhere on the official Muse forums (if they have such a thing), since hardcore fans live for that shit.

Their more "epic" tracks smack heavily of Queen or Pink Floyd.
salacious_pop
Apr. 24th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh, and Happy Birthday!!

I will fully admit that I spaced on your evite. When I was reminded of the party, I pulled up the info and realized it was only sent 1 week in advance. By then I had already made plans (and I didn't RSVP yet).

I'll buy you a round or 2 at Boy's Night :P
ex_stormwin
Apr. 24th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Whee! Happy B-day!
write_like_krzy
Apr. 24th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Happy Belated! I hope you had a fantastic day.
outherelistenin
Apr. 24th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
An extremely belated happy birthday!

*hugs*
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