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Old 02-07-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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Best and Worst Muse Track Transitions/Sequences

Name the album track transitions that you thought did/didn't work. The tracks don't have to go directly into each other. It can be just two tracks or a whole series of tracks that work together (don't be that guy who says the entirety of OoS)

Bonus question: Do you think Muse is good at ordering track listings or not?

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Good:
FAWY -> Interlude -> Hysteria
Screenager -> Darkshines
City of Delusion -> Hoodoo -> Knights of Cydonia

Bad:
TaB -> Starlight
SFA -> SS -> FAWY

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Old 02-07-2015, 04:35 PM   #2
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Not always, unfortunately.
Survival -> Follow Me -> Animals has a bit of a forced flow, for example.
In BHAR, the sudden start of Starlight after the electric fuzz closing that beast named Take A Bow is indeed bizarre, sort of.
In The Resistance, the title-track and Uprising should've been swapped, in my opinion.

These are just some examples that come to my mind.
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:49 PM   #3
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Aftermath > The Globalist is pretty boss, as is Overture > Cross Pollination

TaB > Starlight sounds fine for the record, too.
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:56 PM   #4
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Not always, unfortunately.
Survival -> Follow Me -> Animals has a bit of a forced flow, for example.
In BHAR, the sudden start of Starlight after the electric fuzz closing that beast named Take A Bow is indeed bizarre, sort of.
In The Resistance, the title-track and Uprising should've been swapped, in my opinion.

These are just some examples that come to my mind.
uprising is a miles better opener, unless you opened the album with another song
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:59 PM   #5
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SFA > Stockholm > FAWY

Hysteria > Blackout

TSP > Endlessy

TOADA > RBS

Absolution's full of 'em tbh, it's a pretty poorly flowing album. Surprised no one's mentioned MOTP > Soldier's Poem yet as well, that's probably the worst offender imo.
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:31 PM   #6
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uprising is a miles better opener, unless you opened the album with another song
I like to play them swapped because I feel Resistance, thanks to its gradual atmospheric introduction, helps in setting the intensity mood much more properly than the more straightforward Uprising.
To each their own, I suppose.
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:41 PM   #7
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Aftermath > The Globalist is pretty boss, as is Overture > Cross Pollination

TaB > Starlight sounds fine for the record, too.
I agree on your Aftermath > The Globalist and Overture > CP

I think the transition from TaB > Starlight is just about the weirdest album transition I've ever heard. It's just very sudden idk. I just don't like it
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:20 PM   #8
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I can't stand TaB->Starlight either, but good shout to whoever said Aftermath-> Globalist, fantastic transition
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Best: All of OoS until Feeling Good basically

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Old 03-07-2015, 12:40 AM   #10
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Citizen Erased>Micro Cuts was boss, Screenager>Dark Shines wasnt half bad either. I'm a big fan of how Exo flows and Reapers>The Handler>Defector is probably the best trio they've ever done.


The aforementioned MOTP>Soldier's Poem is pretty atrocious, it's part of the reason why I always end up skipping Soldier's Poem anytime it pops up. Not a big fan of Small Print>Endlessly>TOADA either.


But I don't think Muse is all that bad at album flow, people give them a lot of shit but they're not the worst offenders on the planet. I kind of like the stark contrasts sometimes because it keeps an album fresh, sometimes it gets exhausting listening to the similar flowing tracks for a long period of time. Helps they're brilliant musicians as well.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:42 AM   #11
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Best: All of OoS until Feeling Good basically


Inferior song, the album really didn't need it at all. I think the album would have been better without it (didn't even need a replacement tbh, although an obvious one would be Futurism). Really don't know why they didn't make Feeling Good a b side, I've always HATED that track
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The aforementioned MOTP>Soldier's Poem is pretty atrocious, it's part of the reason why I always end up skipping Soldier's Poem anytime it pops up.[/QUOTE]

Really? I've always thought the gap in sound between the two songs marks a sort of excellent transition leading to a new "chapter" of the album.
The stark difference between that electro-rock pounding storm, and the following delicate acoustic and choral approach hits me every time.
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better than the TaB>Starlight transition tbh
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:07 PM   #14
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Some of the best to me

- Space Dementia > Hyper Music > Plug In Baby > Citizen Erased
- Eurasia + Collateral Damage > Guiding Light > Unnatural Selection > MK Ultra
- City Of Delusion > Hoodoo > Knights Of Cydonia

Some of the worst to me

- Take A Bow > Starlight (Should have been SMBH or MOTP after TAB)
- Showbiz > Unintended
- MK Ultra > I Belong To You
- Most of Absolution
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