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Old 10-08-2017, 06:00 PM   #1096
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It's between that and Psycho. But at least Psycho is only 2 minutes too long.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:04 PM   #1097
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It's probably their least original song yet, isn't it.
I'd say Mercy or Dig Down tbh.

Unless we're talking literally unoriginal in the sense that 2/3s of The Globalist is an actual cover.
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:02 PM   #1098
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It's worse than that actually. The third part of The Globalist is an actual cover with added vocals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhXFrHui9Yw

And don't forget that they stole their own vocal melody for the first part from Unnatural Selection.
Oops, mixing up Holst and Elgar! (and I'm a classical musician, should know better!). Shows how many times I've actually listened to The Globalist though, I had it in my head that it was the 'I Vow to Thee My Country' bit from Holst - The Planets/Jupiter that they pinched for some reason.

Listening to it for the first time in ages....yup there's the bit from Unnatural Selection.
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Honestly Drones as a whole is so uninspired.

Dead Inside: Fair enough, cool track which doesn't instantly make you think of another song.
Drill Sergeant: Well it's pretty much Full Metal Jacket, innit?
Psycho: The same riff over and over, and over for five and a half minutes. No wait, they also stole another riff from The Doors to give us some breathing room from that other riff.
Mercy: It's not a ripoff of Starlight. No, it's more like a worse band than Muse heard Starlight and said "We wanna sound like that". MEEEEEEEERCY
Reapers: Not much to say here.
The Handler: Or here...well aside from the riff being a minute too long and thus adding another minute of pointless lull to the album.
JFK:
A speech. Albeit with a string version of the solo of the song that's about to come up. Nothing wrong with that, but it just means another piece of music that isn't really original.
Defector: Not much to say here either.
Revolt: Aside from the chorus "You can revoooolt, with or withooouut me", not much to say.
Aftermath: Cut two minutes and you have a decent song. Cut three and you don't have to pretend to like it for as long.
The Globalist: Yeah, we just covered that.
Drones: ...Yeah, another "cover".
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:18 PM   #1100
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Honestly Drones as a whole is so uninspired.

Dead Inside: Fair enough, cool track which doesn't instantly make you think of another song.
Drill Sergeant: Well it's pretty much Full Metal Jacket, innit?
Psycho: The same riff over and over, and over for five and a half minutes. No wait, they also stole another riff from The Doors to give us some breathing room from that other riff.
Mercy: It's not a ripoff of Starlight. No, it's more like a worse band than Muse heard Starlight and said "We wanna sound like that". MEEEEEEEERCY
Reapers: Not much to say here.
The Handler: Or here...well aside from the riff being a minute too long and thus adding another minute of pointless lull to the album.
JFK:
A speech. Albeit with a string version of the solo of the song that's about to come up. Nothing wrong with that, but it just means another piece of music that isn't really original.
Defector: Not much to say here either.
Revolt: Aside from the chorus "You can revoooolt, with or withooouut me", not much to say.
Aftermath: Cut two minutes and you have a decent song. Cut three and you don't have to pretend to like it for as long.
The Globalist: Yeah, we just covered that.
Drones: ...Yeah, another "cover".
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Dead Inside - It's not too bad. A bit like Undisclosed Desires in some ways but much heavier. Guitar solo is a bit similar to Madness but again heavier and the ending is similar to Madness and Resistance in the harmonies/suspensions but overall not too bad.

Pyscho - It's repetitive and 2 minutes too long. Same beat as Uprising (which is also 2 minutes too long) but not a cover of it by any means.

Mercy - Starlight 2.0 (except a try-hard version so maybe more like 0.5?). Nuff said.

Reapers - Decent original track although the RATM ending feels a bit unecessary.

The Handler - Fairly original again but the middle riff is too long and doesn't build anywhere.

Defector - Original but feels overworked (a bit like how Unnatural Selection is not as good as New Born)

Revolt - Revolting in every way. Why did they think this was good enough for the record?

Aftermath - A worse version of Explorers with a little bit of Gospel thrown in. Just why?

Globalist/Drones - As covered above...
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Forgot about the Freedom ending...
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:31 PM   #1102
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Reapers: Not much to say here.

The Handler: Or here...well aside from the riff being a minute too long and thus [I]adding another minute of pointless lull to the album.
Well Reapers is basically ACDC with a RATM ending.

The Handler's coda is pretty much Showbiz, isn't it?
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Look above yo.

But I wouldn't call the AC/DC thing anything other than an influence. Definitely no ripoff. And the Showbiz thing isn't really anything more than a callback to a piece of lyric.
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And the Showbiz thing isn't really anything more than a callback to a piece of lyric.
The chord progression is very very similar though... So is the drumbeat. https://clyp.it/be5lemey

It's still the best Muse have ever been at self-referencing, anyway. Or, better, it's the only time they've done that without going into parodic territory.
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:29 PM   #1105
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Psycho is the biggest unforgivable sin on the album for me simply because of the lyrics.
It's five minutes of repetitious fanservice that also implies that they think their fans are little boys who just learned about swears.
And then tries to come off as "political."
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I still remember reading the announcement describing the album's themes, written by Matt. That's when I knew the album would end up being a complete farce.
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I remember all the articles Matt linked on Twitter leading up to the release and being stunned that he thought Psycho was even remotely about any of those topics.
I was vicariously embarrassed.
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And don't forget that they stole their own vocal melody for the first part from Unnatural Selection.
Which song?
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Which song?
The Globalist. The vocal melody in the first part sounds very much like the vocal melody in Unnatural Selection.
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