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Showbiz 61 4.15%
Origin of Symmetry 613 41.67%
Absolution 453 30.80%
Black Holes & Revelations 160 10.88%
The Resistance 184 12.51%
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:08 PM   #16
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I would say:
- Resistance
- Black Holes & Revelations
- Origin of Symmetry
- Absolution
- Showbiz

I actually thinkg BH&R is one of the best albums they made so far, some songs are a bit overhyped but I still like most of them better then Absolution / Showbiz songs.

OoS is a close third / shared second, but I find BH&R to be better imo.

As for Resistance, I think it's the best album they have made so far, none of the other albums ever drawed me in as much as Resistance did, I find every song truly epic and in my opinion there are almost no flaws at all.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:09 PM   #17
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Even with the 'honeymoon' period, OoS is still my favourite. The battle for me is whether or not this album is better than Absolution
This.

Atm I think it's:

OOS
The Resistance
Absolution
BHAR
Showbiz

But I dunno how long TR will stay above Abso.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:16 PM   #18
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It's too early to include The Resistance. We should be looking at this in about a years time really. Who knows how it'll sound in a years time.

With that in mind I voted for Origin. It has everything you could ask for in a Muse album. Its energetic, dramatic, gritty, consistent, flowing and above all, epic. Some fans argue over the inclusion of Screenager and Feeling Good, but by changing either of them you nulify the heavy feel and you destroy the flow of the album.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:20 PM   #19
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I want ticky boxes! I have 2 favorites: Origin of Symmetry and Absolution.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:23 PM   #20
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Absolution
Origin of Symmetry
The Resistance
Black Holes and Revelations
Showbiz

...but, yeah, I agree that it's too early for this.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:25 PM   #21
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Well, I voted for Absolution. Too early for me to tell if TR will top it, but I don't think so. I will say it's at least my second favorite. If I had to rank them I'd go:

1) Absolution (epic; brilliant)
2) The Resistance (no weak tracks)
3) BHaR (some weak tracks)
4) OoS (brilliant but a few tracks suck imho)
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:25 PM   #22
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I know I'm the minority of BH&R, but Take a Bow, Assassin, Map Of The Problematique, and Knights of Cyndonia are way too epic not to make it my favorite album. Plus I am biased because it was the first album to turn me on to Muse
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:30 PM   #23
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Origin.

Followed closely by Absolution.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:38 PM   #24
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1. Absolution
2. OoS (though the top two change pretty often)
3. BH&R
4. Showbiz
5. The Resistance
I guess I'll go ahead and express my gripes with The Resistance, for what they're worth. First, I think a lot of the emotion has gone out of their music, which is why I think there are so many "I love Absolution and OoS" people (like myself). Also, I think there are a lot of jerky transitions between song parts. There was once a thread called "It's not a Muse song without..." and the answer was arpeggiated synths. I would say it's not a Muse song without an eighth-note build into the chorus (I say this only half-seriously, it's just something they do a lot). While the eighth-note build gets boring, they at least made smooth transitions that got you excited for the chorus. Not the case here. Next, the fun Muse-y chords that I personally loved have gone away. For example, the "Love is our resistance" part of Resistance could easily belong to some other band were it not for Matt's voice. I cannot say that about very many Muse songs. Which brings me to another point...where did the originality (or Muse-iness) go? Granted there is some really original stuff (USoE, Exogenesis), but for the most part...Another, Guiding Light. It's a reason in itself. Final little thing (though this one is small), Matt's vocal instincts have faded just the slightest bit (I'm going to have someone find me via IP address and kill me for that one). This is the first album that has parts that I thought could've been sung better. Just saying. Anyway, that's just sort of my reasoning. Sorry this is written like a high school paper. Also, I guess this is my first post, so...hello!
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:46 PM   #25
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It's nice to see Absolution has still got its own little following. I was listening to it today and it really is sublime!
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:53 PM   #26
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Sad to see Showbiz consistently rated last...
I love the raw sound of the album and the pure emotion of many of the songs...
As for favorite album, I have a different favorite all the time, so I guess I like all of them equally.
They each "speak" to me in a different way.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:58 PM   #27
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Origin of Symmetry >>> The Resistance > Absolution > Black Holes and Revelations > Hullabaloo > Showbiz

In other words, OOS way out in front and then the other's pretty tied and able to often change around. At the moment that's the order i'd put them in anyway, even though I have more gripes with Absolution than Showbiz (which is still a damn good album).
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:59 PM   #28
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Sad to see Showbiz consistently rated last...
I love the raw sound of the album and the pure emotion of many of the songs...
As for favorite album, I have a different favorite all the time, so I guess I like all of them equally.
They each "speak" to me in a different way.
Did you like the middle 8 in Unnatural Selection? That bit, particular the trail of the solo, made me think that Muse REALLY need to do a lo-fi record like Showbiz again. I think they're even better at the raw sounding songs.
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:19 PM   #29
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I'm not going to bother voting cause I haven't heard anything from The Resistance yet except for USoE. But I will say my favorites.

1. Absolution.
This album I had gotten some time after BHAR and is the one album that would make or break Muse for me. Needless to say I ended up listening to it as a whole when I was bored and decided it was a make, not being able to believe that I didnt hear it earlier. Absolutely amazing with a grandoise nature. Its not as rocky as OoS, but what it lacks for at that point it makes up in its ridiculous epicness. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

2. Black Holes and Revelations
Pretty obviously my first Muse album since it only dragged my attention thanks to a spin with Knights of Cydonia on Guitar Hero 3. Needless to say I was interested. This album really has a place in my heart for being the album getting me into Muse. Memorables such as Take A Bow, Map of the Problematique and Invincible are still stuck in my head and I always hum along with them while listening to the songs. A bit overproduced for its own good, perhaps more down-to-earth in nature, but it works, and it's grown on me overtime. In fact I think this album is really underappreciated in the Muse community, even though Exo-Politics and Assassin were drastically changed from live sessions which I only learned a year later, thankfully not to the point where it made them unbearable.

3. Origin of Symmetry
I'm going to get alot of hate for this one, I just know it, but sorry. OoS is amazingly overrated to the point that I'll probably regret writing this, but if you calm down with your fanboy instincts, it doesn't mean that it's a bad album. On the contrary its good, very memorable. Plug In Baby, Citizen Erased and Darkshines are still as good as ever and Bliss still remains my favorite Muse track of all time. This album rivaled Absolution as my favorite Muse album for a while but it hasn't aged the best way for me. Ironically making it more rocky and less grand than Absolution makes it feel like the slightly cheesier one out of Absolution and Origin of Symmetry what with the Showbiz angst-rock instincts still being intact. Cheesy in a different way. Screenager also sounds like a B-Side I'd expect on Hullabaloo.

4. Showbiz
Again not a bad album but I never liked much of Muse's angsty-rock stages. Sunburn, Fillip, Escape, Showbiz and Hate This & I'll Love You are highlights. But maybe it's cause I have too much of a history with this album that I've managed to relate, reflected mostly upon Muscle Museum, Uno and Unintended, making me almost constantly feel like shit whenever I hear those. Hyper Music and Hyper Chondriac Music from OoS and Hullabaloo count to those categories of "good but unhearable" to me.

Hullabaloo would probably be between OoS and Showbiz but I'm not counting it cause its B-Sides.

I'll vote when I hear The Resistance.
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:33 PM   #30
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I think OoS is over-rated. It's a great album but doesn't deserve the god like status it gets.
Newborn, piano intro is too long, great riff but the rest of the song is just waiting around for the riff again at the end.
Bliss is amazing yes,
Space dementia is brilliant too.
Hyper music, nice riff, but if they wrote it now it'd get slated.
Plug in baby, good riff again, the rest of the song is decent enough.
Citizen erased it genius yes,
Microcuts, another decent track but not spectacular on the album.
Screenager is a nice song. musically one of the best tracks on here.
Darkshines is another decent track but i don't think it comes across very strong on the album.
Feeling good, it's ok but it shouldn't even be on there.
Megalomania, yep great song and a good closer.

So by my count that's 5 tracks that are great and a load of average ones. Yes the production is good, it sounds raw and edgy. They aren't 20 anymore though and it wouldn't suit their more mature style that they have now in my opinion.
I've voted The Resistance, I think it's got their best song writing and it's definitely their most complete album. Although a few more tracks would have been nice!
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