Hullabaloo Review

artist: Muse date: 05/02/2005 category: compact discs
Muse: Hullabaloo
Released: Jun 4, 2002
Genre: Rock
Tones: Bleak, Brooding, Eerie, Druggy, Intense, Paranoid, Ominous
Style: Alternative Pop/Rock
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 8.7
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.3
Hullabaloo Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 02, 2005
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Sound: This is an album of B-Sides and live takes from Muse. Good? Do you really need to ask? Of course it's good, you fool. Muse are the best band of the noughties, there is really no one like them. The most accessable songs here (disc 1) are "Shrinking Universe," "Map Of Your Head," and "Recess," which should've been on "origin...". However, it's live where Muse really shine. Check out their brilliant versions of "Showbiz," "Space Dementia," "Citizen Erased" and "Megalomania." The bass, guitars, pianos and drums are brilliant. So is it good? Use your imagination. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics here are good. Not great, good. Bellamy's deep, thoughtful lyrics on disc 2 and on songs like recess is amazing, but too many effects are applied (See the poor 'heavy song', "Yes Please," which really is bad) in places. On disc 2, they are outstanding, and it's unbelievable that they're actually live. // 8

Overall Impression: This isn't Muse's best album, and it's made up of B-Sides. Why buy? Simple. Muse are a million miles ahead of all other bands. Live, they are untouchable. In studio, they are indestructable. Buy now and be amazed. // 10

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overall: 10
Hullabaloo Reviewed by: Emenius Sleepus, on april 12, 2004
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Sound: This offering from - in my opinion - one of the greatest modern bands, for obvious reasons, comes both as a cd and a dvd version, each one offering something to make it worth getting both. Anyway, getting more to the point, the sound, especially on the dvd package is, I daresay, better than on record. Which just goes out to show how good they are, since the studio efforts are fantastic in their own right. Drawing influence from bands like Queen, Nirvana and to an extent from Rage Against The Machine, coupled with each member's respective talent on their instruments, this is a must'have for all Muse fans - and just fans of good ol' rock'n'roll. // 10

Lyrics: What can I say? Just bloody brilliant stuff. // 10

Overall Impression: You can't really compare Muse to anything... they are definitely in a league of their own. And this is the best live recording I had a chance to see in a long time - considering that they cut it great in the studio, and the live performance is better than the studio stuff. The CD lacks some classics that have been included on the dvd (and there is definitely enough space to put those songs on), but it also has the B'sides disc that shows the, perhaps, weirder-yet-familiar side of the band. Highly suggest to save up and get both. You won't be sorry. // 10

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overall: 10
Hullabaloo Reviewed by: UG Team, on july 18, 2003
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Overall Impression: This compilation of tracks signals the closing of a chapter of Muse's career. The first 2 albums, 'Showbiz' and 'Origin Of Symmetry' were both recieved very well, giving Mr. Bellamy and Co. a solid fan-base amongst today's Rock and Alt-rock fans. This double CD set consists of a selection of B-sides (on disc 1) and a live show on disc 2. The track listings are as follows: Disc 1: B-Sides 1. Forced In 2. Shrinking Universe 3. Recess 4. Yes Please 5. Map Of Your Head (Acoustic) 6. Nature_1 7. Shine Acoustic 8. Ashamed 9. The Gallery 10. Hyper-Chondriac Music (Acoustic) Disc 2: Live at Le Zenith, Paris 1. Dead Star (LIVE) 2. Micro Cuts (LIVE) 3. Citizen Erased (LIVE) 4. Showbiz (LIVE) 5. Megalomania (LIVE) 6. Dark Shines (LIVE) 7. Screenager (LIVE) 8. Space Dementia (LIVE) 9. In Your World (LIVE) 10. Muscle Museum (LIVE) 11. Agitated (LIVE) The B-sides CD contains some interesting tracks, such as the acoustic set: 'Map of Your Head'. However, it may not appeal to all, and I definitely didn't enjoy at much as I do with other Muse CD's. Another thing I noticed, was that they all seem to be leftovers from 'Origin', with not as much piano as I'd like. At first listen Muse's song all seem to be basically the same, but after a few listens you realise that it is in fact Bellamy's voice that creates this impression. He does have an incredible voice, verging on screaming whilst still sounding fairly melodic, but it means that even two songs which sound very different as instrumentals seem to end-up sounding the same, or at least vaguely related. However, despite not being as strong as the album tracks, there are some nice efforts on here. The live CD is fantastic, easily making buying this CD worthwhile your money. Muse are a fantastic band live, never playing a song the same twice and with plenty of action onstage and almost Hendrix-like antics from Matt. The opener 'Deadstar', along with 'In Your World', the new double A-side from the as yet un-released third album sounds slightly weak, although not surprising, considering that it is the first outing of these two tracks, and the band are playing them 'un-finished', as it were at the time. 'Citizen Erased' starts off with a veritable holocaust of guitar distortion, before launching into the full-on rock operatics of the verse, then slowing and quietening into the bridge, making for one of the best moments on the disc. Another moment is 'Muscle Museum', my favourite track on 'Showbiz'. The plodding bassline and almost classical guitar riff make for a wonderful song. 'In Your World', with it's Bach-inspired solo also takes it's place as the deserved new single from the new album. Closer 'Agitated' is rockier than the others, shredding guitars over a solid bassline combining to make a fitting background to Bellamy's manic screaming. The only downside to this brilliant CD is the lack of the rockier songs on 'Origin', like 'Plug In Baby' or 'Bliss', both of which are great tracks, along with 'Feeling Good', a very popular song amongst most of the Muse fans I know. This CD closes a chapter in the history of Muse. The next is eagerly awaited, and if it's anything as good as this one, it will be no less than enthralling. // 10

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overall: 9.3
Hullabaloo Reviewed by: Flowerpot, on july 02, 2004
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Sound: Wow! This is an absolutely incredible offering from what in my opinion is the best band of all time. The first CD is all B sides from singles, and they show the quirkier side of Muse. The acoustic songs are excellent - offerings such as Map of your Head, a classical guitar song with a really catchy hook, and Nature 1, a song with a really earthy spanish beat are probably the best, but the instrumental piece The Gallery, and the rockier tracks such as Yes Please and Shrinking Universe are also brilliant. The second CD is basically just live recordings of songs that Muse did on earlier albums, but the roar of the crowd and the hiss of the microphones give it an exciting feel, and Matt improvises his guitar parts live anyway so there is a different sound to all the songs. Some songs such as Screenager have been completely changed - on Origin of Symmetry it has a great classical guitar backing, but on this album a complicated Rachmaninov-esque piano part accompanies his screaming vocals. In Your World and Agitated are the only new songs on this CD, and they show a heavier side to Muse. Despite these songs being on the other albums it is really worth it to get this CD as the live atmosphere really comes through. // 10

Lyrics: Matt's lyrics sometimes just seem like a basis for the melody, but they are always good, if not a little predictable. However, the songs are deep and meaningful and the passion in his voice make them worth listening to. Sometimes they can be a bit bizarre, but they always work with the song. // 8

Overall Impression: Muse are possibly the most musical band of today, and I think they are pretty underrated. Their live performances are absolutely fantastic, and Matt never does things by halves. His guitar parts are very difficult but really great to listen to, and the piano parts equally so. This album really shows the extent of Muse's talent, ranging from upbeat acoustic songs to quite heavy emo-metal. After you've listened to it you'll feel like you've run a marathon, but it's worth it! // 10

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