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Old Yesterday, 08:52 PM   #5146
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Don't think they were there. The full interview is on youtube.
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Old Yesterday, 09:02 PM   #5147
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Iím conflicted. Iím guessing that this is a pretty common opinion, but when the album is wacky and weird itís pretty strong. There are a few songs that I think are genuinely fun and interesting (Propaganda, Break It To Me, etc) that I find myself going back to, and others that Iíll be skipping. The problem is that for all these interesting moments and songs, too many either feel like uninspired pastiches or retreads. Once again Muse arenít great at writing straight pop songs, so why do they keep filling so much of the album with them?

Acoustic Dig Down is surprisingly good tho.
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Old Yesterday, 09:03 PM   #5148
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Thought Iíd throw my thoughts out there after a good few listens and now that the initial hype has simmered down:

Algorithm: favourite song on the album, absolute god-tier Muse for me. It takes that 80s feel and puts the Muse spin of things so well; those piano flourishes, dramatic lyrics and soaring vocals all come together so well. Itís pretty much everything I could have hoped for. 10/10

The Dark Side: still love this, mostly for Mattís brilliantly sincere vocal delivery. For me itís the perfect blend the Ďold Museí (for lack of a better word) and their electronic style. That chorus is really strong. 9/10

Pressure: A good, fun track. Suffers from going on too long like Psycho did, Iím not sure the final chorus is necessary but ah well. Looking forward to seeing it live. 7/10

Propaganda: the robot is a little on the nose but Iíve certainly warmed to it. The rest of the song is absolute pop perfection. Love the way it progresses post-solo and builds to Mattís belting, which I wasnít expecting at all on the first listen. 9/10

Break It To Me: Jobby, you werenít kidding when you mentioned the falsetto on this. It definitely took a while to click but whole song is justÖthe most interesting thing theyíve done in years. The descending arabian melody (with that awesome vocal effect), the almost spoken word verses and ethereal chorus make it a real highlight. Plus, the riff and Morello solo is absolute filth. 9/10

Something Human: I like this much more in the context of the album, as others have said itís a nice breather. Itís a sweet little song and it's nice seeing them doing something so simple. 6.5/10

Thought Contagion: still find this justÖbland and uninspired. I LOVE the pre-chorus but those chorus vocals have always really grated for some reason. It really drags too, despite being not all that long of a song. 4.5/10

Get Up And Fight: sticks out a bit but Iím okay with it, I enjoy them going all out with the pop-punk chorus as Iíve always been a sucker for them. I can see why some arenít a fan of the Tove Lo vocals but I think they compliment the song pretty nicely. The deep personal meaning for Matt really shows as well, he sounds amazing. Itís never going to happen live in its current incarnation which is a shame. 7/10

Blockades: pretty by the numbers which might sound like a negative but I donít intend it to be. Not much to say other than I love Domís drumming (thereís one seriously good fill that gets me everytime) and the thick bass tone but so far it isnít one Iíve been desperate to listen to. Still like it though and should be good live. 6/10

Dig Down: hi, my name is James and Iím a fan of Dig Down. Sure itís a lesser Madness but like Something Human I prefer it in the context of the album. Any kind of extended belt from Matt is a win for me and that long G4 still brings a smile to my face, the U2 fan in me is probably the reason why I enjoy the final Ďwoahsí so much. 6.5/10 The alternate version is absolute gold and an easy for me 8/10.

The Void: great end to the album, echoing my personal fav RBS with those moody, atmospheric vibes. I actually like how it ends with more of a whimper than a bang. Once again Matt sounds fantastic, heís really outdone himself on this one. 8.5/10
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Old Yesterday, 09:12 PM   #5149
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Brief review without commentary.

Algorithm - 9 (AR version - 9,5)
The Dark Side - 9 (AR version - 9,5)
Pressure - 8 (MB version - 8+)
Propaganda - 9 (acoustic - 9,5)
Break It To Me - 9,5 (remix - 8)
Something Human - 8,5 (acoustic - 9+)
Thought Contagion - 6 (live - 8)
Get Up And Fight - 6
Blockades - 8
Dig Down - 8 (gospel version - 8-)
The Void - 9 (acoustic - 9,5)

I don't give 10s because that means perfection, which basically doesn't exist.
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Old Yesterday, 09:17 PM   #5150
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I don't give 10s because that means perfection, which basically doesn't exist.
Not necessarily. You could just be rounding up a decimal place.
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Old Yesterday, 09:21 PM   #5151
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Not necessarily. You could just be rounding up a decimal place.
That could be, but I always feel a bit self-restrained when it comes down to rate music I love, because I don't want to appear too biased.
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Old Yesterday, 10:11 PM   #5152
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Someone should've told Matt TC was in dire need of a guitar solo
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Old Yesterday, 10:24 PM   #5153
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So I lent my Dad the album the other day (he's also a Muse fan), and he called me to say he'd listened to it, and his response was... "Yes, that was a very funny joke, and can you give me the real Muse album next time you see me." Needless to say, he can't make up his mind about it yet

As for me, I'm still loving ST! I've actually had to force myself to stop listening to it though, because I'm scared I'll overplay it and get bored. Also, got some final track rankings, maybe, I think...

God-tier:
Algorithm
The Void/Blockades (can't make up my mind on which I prefer)
Break It To Me
The Dark Side

Great:
Propaganda (although if I'm in the right mood it can be god-tier, and will probably end up there anyway)
Pressure
Something Human

OK:
Thought Contagion
Dig Down
Get Up And Fight

Tbh, the more I listen to it, the more all the tracks grow on me. I mean, I wouldn't listen to them outside the full album, but I don't find myself wanting to skip them either. I think the real major flaw with the lesser tracks is that they feel too tame/generic compared to the insanity of the others.

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Old Yesterday, 10:40 PM   #5154
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Someone should've told Matt TC was in dire need of a guitar solo
What?? Can't you hear that guitar solo right before the final chorus? Y'know, the incredibly simplistic one that just repeats the same riff that we've already heard for what feels like 1000 times already in the song by that point, but with added whammy pedal??

(All jokes aside, I totally agree, and would rather have had no solo at all than that pathetic throwaway excuse we ended up getting)
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I’m conflicted. I’m guessing that this is a pretty common opinion, but when the album is wacky and weird it’s pretty strong. There are a few songs that I think are genuinely fun and interesting (Propaganda, Break It To Me, etc) that I find myself going back to, and others that I’ll be skipping. The problem is that for all these interesting moments and songs, too many either feel like uninspired pastiches or retreads. Once again Muse aren’t great at writing straight pop songs, so why do they keep filling so much of the album with them?

Acoustic Dig Down is surprisingly good tho.
Pretty much how I feel. I think about half the album is really good, which makes it better than probably the last few albums for me, but still half the album really isn't good at all. So there's an annoying divide, especially when it's apparent Muse COULD still make an album that's really interesting all the way through. I do credit them for doing alternate tracks though, that's definitely a cool aspect.
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