Sound — 10
This is the album of 2003. Muse are easily the most talented UK band since Led Zeppelin, and this album beats their (excellent) previous attempt, Origin of Symmetry. The drums are simple yet incredibly effective, the basslines are intricate, fast and hard, and Matt Bellamy is one of the most talented musicians of the last 20 years. There are no blistering solos here, just 14 great songs. His riffs are amoung the greatest riffs of all time, and he also sings and plays piano! His usage of a whammy pedal and new, experimental pedals means that this is an album of the 21st century. It marks the end of nu-metal and grunge. Some may call Muse alternative but all I think they are is pure, futuristic rock.
Lyrics — 8
Matt has really worked on his voice since Origin and the results are great. They contain real anger, sadness and life. They may take some getting used to, but soon you'll be (attempting to be) humming along with his high pitched voice. Sometimes, his voice sounds a bit posh, but that's only on one song (The Small Print). Great.
Overall Impression — 10
What I love about this album is that (unlike many '90s bands) it is not just a handful of radio-friendly singles with some filler, but 14 classic songs that should be on everyone's CD player/iPod/Mp3. The best band since Guns N' Roses and Metallica, one of the best albums of all time.