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Origin of Symmetry 34 23.78%
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Old 24-04-2011, 03:58 AM   #46
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As an album I may go with Origin, but stuff like Micro Cuts may be a bit much for new fans. If I had to show a new fan Muse I would probably just show a selection of good songs over an album.
The first Muse songs I heard (all in one day) were Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, Stockholm Syndrome, Citizen Erased, Sunburn, and Butterflies and Hurricanes. I honestly think that's responsible for my instant liking to them.
Strangely, I loved Micro Cuts the first time I heard it.
But none of the songs you listed really jumped out at me after I had first listened to them except for Butterflies.
The song that got me hooked was New Born.
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Old 24-04-2011, 08:54 AM   #47
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Hrmm... When I started to really get into muse I really just skipped around with whatever random songs I could find... Not really any specific record, but Absolution was the first one I listened all the way through, the first record I bought, etc... But it's only my second favorite, my number one favorites BHaR But I'd definatly suggested Absolution to newer fans first, I just think it's a little bit easier for them, but eh, thats my opinion
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Old 24-04-2011, 10:56 AM   #48
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The first song I heard was Uno, and it was a pretty good introductory song I think. I loved Absolution the first time I heard it, especially Apocalypse Please, TIRO, SFA and a few others. A few songs like RBS and Hysteria took a while to appeal to me, but I didn't find them weird, or even boring. (Except I found TSP to be weak) So yes, a solid first album to listen to.
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Old 24-04-2011, 10:54 PM   #49
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For a first album, I'd throw my lot in with Origin or BHAR. Those were the first two I heard, my uncle randomly gave me BHAR to listen to in 2007, then when he heard I liked it he gave me Origin. I liked both of them equally, but Micro Cuts did at first seem really strange, and took a little while to get used to.

(Before I was given BHAR, I was listening to Aiden, P@TD and MCR mostly, so I was unprepared -I mean no hate to those bands, just going from them to Muse was a bit of a leap to me XD )

Also, I think Absolution is a bit of a slog at first mostly because of its length.
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Old 25-04-2011, 08:49 AM   #50
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But it's not that long an album at all? I mean, put aside the Intro and the Interlude and you have a standard album of 12 songs.
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Old 26-04-2011, 03:13 AM   #51
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Absolution! After hearing Hysteria and Time is Running Out on the radio a few times I decided to give Absolution a listen as a whole. I'm not sure if anything will ever quite hook me again as the clashing opening chords of Apocalypse Please did, or reel me in like the rest of the album. Along with hearing some of the best tracks on Absolution, you'll also hear their most consistent and dramatic album. The only side of Muse that isn't really represented is their experimental and electronic songs, but those hadn't been touched on yet (and you'll get plenty of it later on in Black Holes and Resistance.) While this isn't my ordering of their albums from favorite to least, I think listening to and appreciating what they've done in this order will keep everything different and fresh, and let you aquire a taste for some of their older and less digestible work:

Absolution
Black Holes and Revelations
Origin of Symmetry
The Resistance
Showbiz
Hullaballoo Soundtrack (circa 2002 b-side album)

And don't be afraid to check out their live stuff! It's where they really shine.
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Old 26-04-2011, 03:45 AM   #52
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Absolution
Black Holes and Revelations
Origin of Symmetry
The Resistance
Showbiz
Hullaballoo Soundtrack (circa 2002 b-side album)

And don't be afraid to check out their live stuff! It's where they really shine.
That's actually pretty much the order I heard their albums in -

(Uno, CTMEoY, Blackout, Newborn, Microcuts and Bliss)
Absolution
Black Holes and Revelations
OOS + Showbiz
Hullaballoo
HAARP
And the Resistance last of course.
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Old 26-04-2011, 01:10 PM   #53
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I actually first heard them live
Then HAARP but I'd say Absolution, though they're both great
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Old 26-04-2011, 01:37 PM   #54
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I think my first album was BH&R

After a few listens I decided to put a random album on my album, which happened to be Hullabaloo. I can safely say that it scared the crap out of me.
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Old 26-04-2011, 02:20 PM   #55
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Absolution was my first album. Most Muse songs took a long time to really grow on me, but I loved Hysteria, TIRO and B&H the first time I heard them.

Definitely a good place to start.
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Old 26-04-2011, 02:45 PM   #56
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The song Shine is the best song in the Hullabaloo soundtrack. i like it.
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Old 26-04-2011, 04:14 PM   #57
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The song Shine is the best song in the Hullabaloo soundtrack. i like it.
Don't thing I'd ever recommend Hullabaloo as an album for new / potential fans.
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Old 26-04-2011, 04:44 PM   #58
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I was absolutely thrilled when I bought Absolution during a school trip in Prague. I had no taste in music whatsoever. Absolution opened up the world of alternative and progressive rock to me (in the Netherlands it's used to be far more obscure than in the UK).

That was an incredibly blissful time for me. Finally music made with creativity, talent and passion. Then moving on to Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry was amazing as well, but it never rivalled Absolution.

Too bad Muse never continued this trend though. BH&R and Resistance are sell-outs. Good for them and making more accessible music, but that passion is gone and they know it. Muse is now the André Rieu of rock music.

Oh well, bands like Porcupine Tree and Amplifier and many obscure bands like Gazpacho picked up where Muse left off.

This song is similar to what I imagined the fourth album to be. It's easy to imagine Matt's voice doing the vocals. Granted, I didn't expect them to pick up a violin, but it does have the same symphonic quality Absolution has.

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Old 26-04-2011, 10:20 PM   #59
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I think my first album was BH&R

After a few listens I decided to put a random album on my album, which happened to be Hullabaloo. I can safely say that it scared the crap out of me.
Huh?
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