Sound — 9
Muse has one of the most distinct and varied sounds I've heard, they go from almost techno dance/electronic(Supermassive Blackhole) to an also indie rockish sound(Soldier's Poem). The use of effects adds to the sound rather than just sounding like annoying squeals and the like. All of band members really contribute to the sound and Matt Bellamy's solos are good and they fit into the songs nicely without sounding like he's just showing off. The best show of the band's awesome sound hands down is Knights of cydonia, the galloping rhythm along with a seriously catchy synth riff and Bellamy's voice working almost like a instrument itself.
Lyrics — 8
One Word of Warning:Matt Bellamy's singing might annoy you, his high falsetto style of singing takes a little getting used to but it really fits with the music. The majority of the lyrics have some politics in them but the album never becomes preachy(probably because they are not targeting a specific offical or government). The Songs that best show his skill are:Take a Bow, Assasin, Hoodoo, and invincible.
Overall Impression — 9
All of the songs are winners but the top five are definatly: 1.Knights of Cydonia 2.Assassin 3.Hodoo 4.Take a Bow 5.Invincible The only songs I did not care for were Soldier's Poem(too soft) and Supermassive Blackhole (too clubby). I would seriously reccomend this to any Muse fan as well as fans of Coldplay as their sound is kinda simaler except there isnt as much emphasis on the piano in Muse.