Sound — 10
Muse are back with their fifth studio album and this one again fails to disappoint. Matt Bellamy's focuses on this album are mainly political and love, nothing different there really but it still works. This album differs from the other Muse efforts as it many of the tracks lack the classical piano and the album has more synthesisers. This album is very experimental for even Muse's standards and features synths pianos and many other strange noises and effects as well.
Lyrics — 8
Matt Bellamy's are always good but never really intelligent and on Black Holes and Revelations this does not change. This is album as stated previously is very political and this is shown from the start."Take A Bow" a song they used ironically at the beginning of the album is very dancy and is very blatantly political. There is no clever lyrical trickery only meat and potatoes telling you how it is. Other good tracks lyrically are "Hoodoo" and "Invincible" the album is full of good lyrics but it is really the musicianship which makes such a good album.
Overall Impression — 10
The highlight of this album is the thundering "Knights Of Cydonia" this was used as the opener at Wembley Stadium on June 16 and 17 at for good reason. It has only 64 words in it but is still the most powerful track on the album. It's jackhammer of a riff at the ends has ensured its place in history as one of the best riffs/solos of all time. This album is enjoyable from start to end and is something different providing a remedy to the large amount of generic rock music out there.