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Old 09-02-2018, 11:35 AM   #1
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Showcasing Museís musicianship

Iíd be very interested to hear your views on which tracks best exemplify the guitar, piano, bass, drumming and vocal skills of the band - from the perspective of all you practising musicians. Top ten examples of each would be nice, but it neednít be that restrictive.

If you can say what you like most about individual examples, so much the better.

The aim is for me to create compilations so I can turn my bandmates on to my favourite group. Some of them are proving kind of stubborn.
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Old 09-02-2018, 01:09 PM   #2
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Guitar:
- Bedroom Acoustics
- Invincible
- Screenager
- The Groove
- Man Of Mystery
- Darkshines
- Animals
- Reapers
- Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist

Bass:
- New Born
- Hysteria
- Futurism
- Cave
- The Handler
- Liquid State
- Easily
- Reapers
- Darkshines

Drums:
- Assassin
- City Of Delusion
- Hoodoo
- Stockholm Syndrome
- Unnatural Selection
- Butterflies & Hurricanes
- Take A Bow
- Map Of The Problematique
- Animals
- Twin
- Glorious

Vocals:
- Take A Bow
- Futurism
- Micro Cuts
- Big Freeze
- Ruled By Secrecy
- Survival
- Sing For Absolution
- City Of Delusion
- Showbiz
- Follow Me

Piano:
- Hoodoo
- Piano Thing
- Cross-Pollination
- Space Dementia
- United States Of Eurasia
- I Belong To You
- Butterflies & Hurricanes
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Old 09-02-2018, 01:17 PM   #3
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Yeah what Jobby said. And here I compiled the songs from his list that show up more than once:

Take A Bow
Butterflies & Hurricanes
Reapers
Animals
Futurism
Darkshines
City of Delusion

Also I would add The Handler for bass and vocals.
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Old 09-02-2018, 05:06 PM   #4
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No Dead Inside for vocals?
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Old 09-02-2018, 06:26 PM   #5
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No Dead Inside for vocals?
Thatís a good shout. Iíd throw in Panic Station as well.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Itís a good excuse to give closer scrutiny to some songs Iíve been neglecting lately.
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Old 09-02-2018, 07:54 PM   #6
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Old 09-02-2018, 08:08 PM   #7
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Thatís a good shout. Iíd throw in Panic Station as well.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Itís a good excuse to give closer scrutiny to some songs Iíve been neglecting lately.
Undisclosed Desires and madness for vocals as well. Basically all the pop songs where Matt doesnít play an instrument and instead walks around like a diva have exceptionally good vocals.
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Undisclosed is pretty average vocally.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:19 AM   #9
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Meh. Some decent vibrato in the second verse.
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:20 AM   #10
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Vibrato? Matt used that in every single song and it has always come naturally to him. Do you mean vocal runs? Like in ďĒShow me how itís dOoOneeĒ?
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Guitar:
Plug in Baby
Stockholm Syndrome
New Born
Dead Star
Fury
Map of the Problematique
Knights of Cydonia
Screenager

Bass:
Hysteria
Hyper Music
Bliss
New Born
Futurism
Sunburn

Piano:
Space Dementia
Sunburn
Butterflies and Hurricanes
Hoodoo
United States of Eurasia
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:01 AM   #12
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most of their best songs have excellent bass, guitar, and vocals, so those should be obvious. Also whenever there's any piano at all it's tended to be better than worse (Starlight/Mercy nonwithstanding) I find it most interesting to track down the ones with great drumming, cuz Dom has a way of not standing out to me and just playing exactly what the song requires unless I'm listening for him.

some drums:
Hyper Music
Assassin
Animals
Isolated System
Citizen Erased
Apocalypse Please
Stockhold Syndrome
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Guitar:
Plug in Baby
New Born
Dead Star
Fury
Map of the Problematique
Gotta disagree with those tbh

Fury and Map are ultra simple, both heavily reliant on effects to flesh ‘em out. I’d say the same for Dead Star and New Born as well tbh - the solos require tapping/trem picking technique but it’s pretty simple and short stuff. Then PIB’s just scale-work and a couple of chords really.
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Old 10-02-2018, 10:34 AM   #14
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Mon Coeur is showy enough I'd add it to the vocals section (the rest of IBTY is tamer).

Resistance also has great drums.
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Yeah the drums in Resistance are pretty decent, even if I'm not the greatest fan of the song.

As a composite of everything, I think Butterflies & Hurricanes and Citizen Erased are particularly impressive. I also think Survival kinda works, even if the lyrics are a bit simpler than those two.
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