Hello readers, this is my eighth post. This time I want to talk about music again. In my first post, I talked about my favorite solo musician, Michael Jackson while in this opportunity, I want to talk about my favorite band musician named Muse. Muse isn’t a strange name anymore to music lovers around the world. The band is really popular and already has many fans around the world. Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion). I like them and their songs too. In fact, I am a muser which is a name of Muse’s fan as I like most of their songs. Muse’s songs’ genre are mostly alternative rock. However, they also make other songs other than alternative rock genre such as progressive rock songs, hard rock songs, art rock songs, space rock songs and even electronica songs.
They released an album titled Showbiz in 1999 as their debut album. This album received positive to mixed review from music critics which wasn’t bad for a band that just debuted at that time. The album has 12 songs in it. It also has 5 hit singles that released into the music markets. Out of all of the album singles, I only like Unintended from this album. It’s an acoustic rock song that’s quite popular to the public. In fact, the song is really popular in Indonesia as many Indonesians know and like this song too. Well, being a muser doesn’t mean that I must love all of their songs, right?
Their second album is Origin of Symmetry which was released in 2001. This album received positive reviews from music critics and they also claim that this album is better than Muse’s first album. This album has 11 singles and 4 hit singles but I only like Feeling Good out of all of them. Feeling Good is a really famous song which was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the 1964 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, later covered by jazz and soul singer Nina Simone.
Their third album is Absolution which was released in 2003. This album is one of the most popular Muse’s albums. It was met positive reviews by the critics. This album is also the first album that to chart in the US. This album has 14 songs and 6 hit singles in it. The two hit singles from the album, Hysteria and Time is Running Out, are two of the most Muse’s popular songs. The two are really popular too in Indonesia. Indonesians even always think that Muse is always related to their Hysteria song.
Their fourth album is Black Holes and Revelations which was released in 2006. This album also received positive reviews by the critics. The album was the first Muse’s album to chart on top 10 US chart by debuting on number 9. This album contains 11 singles and 5 hit singles. Three of the five hit singles are my favorite tracks. Supermassive Black Hole is a really catchy and popular song. Starlight is one of the most Muse’s popular songs around the world. I think it’s tied with Hysteria in terms of popularity in Indonesia. There are a lot of Indonesian commoners that know these two Muse’s songs but don’t know their other songs. Meanwhile, Knights of Cydonia is my most favorite Muse’s single out of Muse’s songs and albums. It’s a really great, addicting and catchy song. You should listen to it!
Muse’s fourth studio album is The Resistance which was released in 2009. It was met with positive reviews too but it wasn’t that popular among the fans. It was the firs album that made Muse won their first grammy award in 2011 for best rock album category. It has 11 singles and 5 hit singles in it. Three of the hit singles which are Uprising, Undisclosed Desires and Resistance are my favorite songs from this album. Uprising music video is even the most watched Muse’s music video on YouTube with more than 124 million views.
Muse’s fifth album is The 2nd Law which was released in 2012. In this album, they tried something new by making electronic songs that were given protested by the fans. Their fans claimed Muse were not the band that they were used to be when they continuously released rock songs. However, the album was still met with positive reviews from the critics. Some of them even appraise Muse of trying to make new music. It has 13 singles and 5 hit singles in it. I like three of the hit singles from this album which are Supremacy, Panic Station and Follow Me. Supremacy is a Muse’s common rock song but Panic Station is a pop rock song and Follow Me is an electronic rock song.
The fifth also their latest album is Drones which was released in 2015. A lot of their fans were happy when this album was released as the album contains common rock songs like Muse always made in the past before The 2nd Law album. It received positive review from the critics. It also even received grammy award for the best rock album in 2016 which is Muse’s second grammy trophy. It contains 12 songs and 6 hit singles. I like four out of twelve songs from this album. The four songs are Reapers, Dead Inside, Defector and Psycho.
This year, Muse just informed that they will release a new album in 2018. I was really excited to hear that but then a bit disappointed when they released one of the new singles from the album, Dig Down. The song is just okay and not really catchy in my opinion. It even sounds like Madness, the song from The 2nd Law album that I also don’t like very much. Hopefully, there will be great and catchier songs from the new album when the album released next year.