Sound — 10
Muse return with a brand new sound. Following up the number one album Absolution, they go one further once more. With new instruments in the mix such as trumpets and synths, they utilise these to great advantage. Each track is perfectly mastered but not to the point that it is totally computer generated. Stand out tracks include: Starlight, a U2-esque power ballad with beautiful vocals by Bellamy; Supermassive Black Hole, the dark dance floor sure fire hit, it features prince style vocals from Bellamy and a riff that sounds like franz ferdinand from Mars; Knights Of Cydonia - imagine a desert landscape, horses galloping and lasers, you're not even close. This track is truly epic. Bellamys vocals shine becoming an instrument itself, whereas the drumming on this track shows just how accomplished Dom Howard is; Map Of The Problematique sounds like a bond theme to start, with synthesizers, heavy pounding drums and a forceful bassline. This is my favourite track on the record, it's daring but it's perfect in everyway. Check out Hoodoo for some flamenco style riffery which finds Bellamy in reflection.
Lyrics — 10
Matt Bellamy once again has proved himself as a lyrical master. The CD is evidently politically themed. The opener Take A Bow finds Bellamy calling on World Leaders to take responsibilty. Almost ominously.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is a sure fire number one. It's going to be a BIG seller. The most impressive songs to me, are the awe inspiring Knights Of Cydonia, Invincible, Starlight and Map Of The Problematique. There is such a range of styles on BHAR that it is impossible to call it samey, which I found of the latest RHCP offering. The only criticism for me, is that it seems very heavily produced. Which really I don't see as a bad thing.