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Old 15-02-2018, 11:05 AM   #1816
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I like everything except the backing vocals. Nothing would be lost if they weren't there
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Old 15-02-2018, 11:09 AM   #1817
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I like everything except the backing vocals. Nothing would be lost if they weren't there
This. But I guess they probably chose to let the choirs and Matt's main voice to follow the main synth theme in order to diversify the whole arrangement.
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Old 15-02-2018, 11:13 AM   #1818
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I really like it on first listen, quite a lot in fact. The riff is great and I love the synth. The choral vocals aren’t near as bad as I had anticipated going off what’s been said on here, however I do think they should be turned down in the mix.

I’m glad that they didn’t use the whammy solo (instead of the “whoa”s) in every chorus, as someone suggested, because that would take away the impact that the solo actually has when it arrives.
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Old 15-02-2018, 11:27 AM   #1819
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Oh my god I'm singing "woOoO thought contagion" and I've heard the song only once
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Old 15-02-2018, 11:31 AM   #1820
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Old 15-02-2018, 11:33 AM   #1821
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Onto my third listen, and whilst I still agree with what I said in my previous post regarding the “whoa”s, and keeping the whammy part for the solo so as to pack a bigger lunch, perhaps the choruses would be better with the ghostly synth than the whoas? Or maybe a mix between the two, slightly favouring the synth?
Either way it’s only a small criticism
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Old 15-02-2018, 11:36 AM   #1822
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Onto my third listen, and whilst I still agree with what I said in my previous post regarding the “whoa”s, and keeping the whammy part for the solo so as to pack a bigger lunch, perhaps the choruses would be better with the ghostly synth than the whoas? Or maybe a mix between the two, slightly favouring the synth?
Either way it’s only a small criticism
Ghostly synth would've been a better main stay than the backing vocals.
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Old 15-02-2018, 11:40 AM   #1823
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I kinda wish Matt would do more with vocal manipulation as well, it could bump up the menacing atmosphere in the song that he's presumably going for. As it is it sounds wayyyy too clean and dull.
Take this for example from 2:26 onwards, it sounds like a fucking maelstrom (and is a far heavier and better song than TC):
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Ghostly synth would've been a better main stay than the backing vocals.
Having listened a few times I agree
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I kinda wish Matt would do more with vocal manipulation as well, it could bump up the menacing atmosphere in the song that he's presumably going for. As it is it sounds wayyyy too clean and dull.
Take this for example from 2:26 onwards, it sounds like a fucking maelstrom (and is a far heavier and better song than TC):
This song was mega when I saw it live.
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I like it. Decent filler singalong. Pretty much feeling like it's around Defector levels for me, probably getting the edge just because I love the broody campiness of the darkness.

If Fury, Panic Station and Defector had a baby that wrote a song as an attempt at doing an Uprising while going through their emo stage at drama school, it'd probably be this. I dig it.
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I like this. I'm totally down for an album with this aesthetic to it.

Pros: melodies, guitar solo, riff, bass, drums (there's a good fill in there), synths, groove, aesthetic, production seems to be more in line with T2L/TR

Cons: the woahs (I don't really care that much tbh), Matt's voice (seem's like this melody was written for someone whose voice is stronger in that register...he sounds like he's singing the cramps again, but it's a minor quibble), ending is a bit abrupt, but maybe makes more sense on the album

Curiosities: are those trap high hat rhythms dom's playing or are they trap samples? Lol. The thunder and rain at the start?


And I can sorta see fury vibes when I squint my ears...
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Old 15-02-2018, 12:27 PM   #1829
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I didn't *hate* Dig Down, but I was really disappointed. I am certainly one to still cling on to the hope they'll go back to their roots but I'm too deep in the rabbit hole to want to come out.

ANYWAY. This song? Chorus is terrible, definitely feelin' everyone's 30STM comments. But I love the rest! It's punchier than the last, and that pleases me. Love the vocal melodies for the verses. Keep going boys, you're slowly coming back...


Vastly better than that garbage 30stm is putting out rn. But then, Dig Down wasn't even that bad, so I think Matt is still a better songwriter than Leto.
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Quite off putting on the first listen, but as I relisten I'm taking a liking to it.

People seem to complain mostly about the Woahs in the chorus but I actually feel like those do a nice job of building up the dynamics in the song (although I agree it seems too high in the mix in relation to Matt's lead vocals).

I don't think I'll warm up to the verses though. I've never been a fan of the way Matt has to approach this kind of register/melody/flow, somehow it doesn't sound it comes naturally to him. He kinda gets away with it, but it sounds forced to me.

I love the you've been bitten by pre-chorus though with that piano coming in. I think it's a great contrast to the claustrophobic vibe of the tune, it was the first thing to seriously grab my attention in the song.

The final solution line is just appalling, seems to reinforce my (possibly incorrect) belief that the band are surrounded by too many "yes men". Obviously the term is not off-limits, and I detest the intellectual PC going on right now, but it's just really weird and tone-deaf. Lyrically, the tune continues Matt's trend of saying a load of things without really conveying anything, which is a shame.


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Totally agree with this. In the last few cycles Muse have tried loads of stuff, but recurrently they would end up mocking up something that was almost a caricature of a certain genre/artist. I don't hate this tune, and I don't love it. But I do recognize that this is actually an interesting attempt at assimilating their diverse influences and a few modern trends into Muse's trademark vibes. Poppy as it is, I think it's also kinda daring as single material.

I also appreciate that this song isn't really jumping on some trend that was already dying down 2 years ago, unlike DD. But I wonder though, is the hi hat triplet/sixtuplet thing still relevant in hip hop right now?

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