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Old 05-10-2009, 03:44 PM   #16
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Showbiz - she burns like the sun.
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:45 PM   #17
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The Absolution artwork is hideously cliché, as is that for Black Holes & Revelations.

I'm not a great fan of Storm Thorgersen to be honest.

Origin Of Symmetry is easily Muse's best artwork to date.
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:52 PM   #18
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To me, the OoS artwork is very literal. The prong-like things are symmetrical- cut them through the middle and each part will be the same. They growing out of the ground, and are forming a little community of prong-things. Thus, this is the Origin of the Symmetrical prong-things.

I've no idea what the Origin of Symmetry is according to Michio Kaku, the author of the book the title was taken from, so it mightn't be the real interpretation, but that's how I see it.
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:14 PM   #19
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The Absolution artwork is hideously cliché, as is that for Black Holes & Revelations.

I'm not a great fan of Storm Thorgersen to be honest.

Origin Of Symmetry is easily Muse's best artwork to date.
How is Absolution and BH&R atrwork cliché?
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:45 PM   #20
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Matt was very involved in the artwork for Showbiz I read, and he wasn't very happy with the result. I think he said it looked shit! But it's okay, it's not mindblowingly amazing but there's nothing wrong with it.

I'm not really concerned with their artwork generally. I mean it's fine on CD covers, but I wouldn't get particularly passionate about it, but I absolutely love The Resistance artwork. I would put it up in my house, if they sold the prints and it fitted. I think I'd have to buy a new modern apartment just to put the artwork up!
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:19 AM   #21
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To me, the OoS artwork is very literal. The prong-like things are symmetrical- cut them through the middle and each part will be the same. They growing out of the ground, and are forming a little community of prong-things. Thus, this is the Origin of the Symmetrical prong-things.

I've no idea what the Origin of Symmetry is according to Michio Kaku, the author of the book the title was taken from, so it mightn't be the real interpretation, but that's how I see it.
makes sense, as by origin of symmetry he meant that we were all similar, or shared a connection and all the prong things are the same. so yeah, i guess that's as far as u can really go with it
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:45 AM   #22
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Besides Showbiz, none of the album covers are really a hit with me. Im sure theres an underlying meaning to each one, but superfically, they're unattractive.

However the singles are great! Especially Knights of Cydonia.
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:58 PM   #23
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Absolution < The Resistance < OOS < BH&R < Showbiz
Reverse that and i agree (YEAH! un-necessary smiley!). Oh and showbiz is as bad as BH&R
So:
Absolution > The Resistance > OOS > BH&R = Showbiz
Showbiz does nothing for me, but BH&R almost makes me sick. I don't know why...
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:02 PM   #24
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OOS is the most impressive album art I've ever seen. And I know art, I've studied it for a long time... I actually did an essay and a study for the cover of OOS. Big A!
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:03 PM   #25
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How is Absolution and BH&R atrwork cliché?
I know. Who would be able to think of that artwork from hearing the album names alone.
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:02 AM   #26
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Showbiz's album art relates to it's ongoing concept of love since that's practically what just about every song on the entire album is about. Angst, love, angst, love.

Origin of Symmetry is more complex I'd say. I cant say exactly what the big figures on the screen were but I always had the impression that they were tuning forks. One theory could be that it represents music since music as a whole is one big symmetry, the tuning forks generating frequency, hence the album art represents music in itself as an art form.

Absolution is as Dom said pretty much, people leaving or descending to earth. Up to interpretation. I always saw it more as descending but not that they came down to earth, more like absolute, religious beings blazing by slowly like meteor showers in slow motion as a sign. A warning.

Black Holes & Revelations, four horsemen of the apocalypse. This would arguabely fit more in with Absolution if anything at all what with Black Holes being more politically charged and into alien-life plus sci-fi. Then again said four horsemen are playing chess on Mars. If we ignore the KoC video, KoC itself might be just about the four horsemen rioting upon a vastly inhabited Mars and the album cover being pre-KoC.

The Resistance is like the album, a take it or leave it. Every song in the album speaks of some form of Resistance. Guiding Light does this, Unnatural Selection and Uprising does it, hell even Exogenesis does it. The way I see it, in The Resistance, the person on the long walk towards earth gets the choice of living a world on the outside, in the vast, endless possibilities; the colored tiles signifying everything has its fair chance of a difference, or continue living his perfect, predictable and safe, already good life on planet earth as it is. One or another has to go. Although in Exogenesis it gives cons to both worlds since the people saw the outside as their last chance to continue and spread their life, but they eventually realize that the reason that earth became what their current planet of inhabitant is most likely destined to be is cause of mankind's disruptive ways. It's all in human nature.
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Reverse that and i agree

I used the wrong sign, I meant >, not <
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I used the wrong sign, I meant >, not <
Yeah, i thought you might, i was like WTF?
Dear god i just used the phrases "i was like" and "WTF". What am i coming too? NOOOOOO!!!
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:05 AM   #30
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I know. Who would be able to think of that artwork from hearing the album names alone.
True that.

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You may not like surrealist art, but you can't deny that Storm Thorgerson work is incredibly original and NO cliché at all. Just look at the work he has done for Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Healing Sixes, just to name a few. Does any of them look like any other piece of art created before, overused for many years by many artists, to cal call it cliché?

If the work he has done for Muse (Absolution, Butterflies & Hurricanes, BH&R) is hideously cliché, I don't know what is an original album artwork then.
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