Muse – HAARP

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Muse
Artist: Muse
Title: HAARP
Label: Warner Bros.
Rating: 8.5/10

Corporate line:
The fan base for Muse grows with every release. 2006 s Black Holes And Revelations broke into the U.S. Top 10 while hitting #1 in the U.K. and much of Europe, where it sold 1 million copies and was #3 on NME’s Albums Of The Year list. A multiple BRIT Award winner for Best Live Act, Muse then staged two massive sold-out performances at 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium in London last June, which increasingly are recognized as amongst the definitive live moments of the year. The best performances from those concerts, as well as bonus backstage footage, are presented on the CD/DVD set HAARP. The concerts once again demonstrated the raw power and unquenchable ambition of one of the UK’s most successful long-term bands and one of, if not the, greatest, most ambitious live act in the world at the present time.

Best Cuts:
“Starlight” – Muse has never seemed like the band to pull this off but they did and its brilliant live. It’s so good that its hard not bring tears to your eyes.
“Knights of Cydonia” – This doesn’t seem like the right track to be the opener–but its pointless to argue what they open with especially when the live version is so brilliant.
“Hysteria” – You can’t help but get caught up in the moment as you sing along.
“Supermassive Black Hole” – The second the sci-fi guitars roar you start to feel the goose-bumps. And the completely torqued solo makes you think Muse should be playing in one of those wild bars in Star Wars.
“Invincible” – The best part of the DVD is watching the way all of those crazy-sci-fi sounds are produced. It never seems quite logical in all its brilliance.
“Take A Bow” – This should be the show-starter but order means nothing.

The rest:
“Butterflies and Hurricanes” – This barely holds the weight of the newer songs.

Finally:
Any Muse fan must own this album and DVD. Just watch “Starlight” on Youtube.com to get the flavor and you’ll find yourself helpless but to go out and buy the entire set.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is the best live album of the year. I was watching some of the videos on youtube .. i can’t wait to buy the dvd.

  2. One of the best live shows ever captured on film.. absolutely breath-taking…. I’m giving copies of this DVD to some of my on-the-fence Muse fan friends. 🙂 I LOVE this band.

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