Sound — 10
Now these guys rock! Being a fan of modern british rock (3 Colours Red, Manic Street Preachers, Placebo) this CD fits right in with the genre. I can only describe Muse as Coldplay with a nice big set of testicles; they're melodic, haunting, angry, and happy all at the same time. The effects that Matt (the lead singer) uses on his guitars is quite unique with the fuzz bass of Chris present on almost every track and it makes for a very orchestral sounding record. It's very well done.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics range from scathing ("Apocalypse Please" and "Stockholm Syndrome") to touching ("Falling Away With You" and "Endlessly") to somewhere in between both ("Time Is Running Out" and "Hysteria"). The lyrics are well written and although occasionally muddled (what lyrics aren't though?) are thought-provoking and smart.
Overall Impression — 10
Best album I've bought this year (over some turkeys like the new Breaking Benjamin CD) and I'll be sure to pick up some of their other CD's as well.