Muse - Origin Of Symmetry

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue

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Origin Of Symmetry is the second studio album by English progressive / art rock band Muse, originally released in July 2001 via Mushroom Records.

Origin Of Symmetry was the album that pushed Muse into upper echelons of the charts; a set that marked Matt Bellamy’s lyrics out as speaking defiantly, ponderously, on behalf of Muse’s ever-growing fanbase. It was very much a prototype for the music Muse went on to create.

Origin Of Symmetry documents change and the loss of self; how people around its nameless leader are superfluous, constantly changing. It’s about how something deeper stays the same, and its strained virtuosity proves the perfect partner for the sentiment throughout.

It’s aims were always clear: as ‘outsider’ as it feels, the preposterous melodrama is entirely mainstream – something the masses can easily identify with. It shows a band with the drive and unfettered ambition to create a standalone marvel, which not only awakens the ghosts and clichés from prog’s past, but entirely adds its own voice. And Bellamy’s voice is intelligent and familiar, his cold grandiosity spreading like wildfire as the album plays out.

Bellamy issued a retort to those scared of Muse coming across as too earnest with a deadpan cover of Nina Simone’s version of “Feeling Good”, which not only proved spectacularly dippy but also a world away from the US bands of the time (nu-metal was rife) conveying a similar sense of gloom. The zeal in “Plug In Baby’s” huge, Carry On riffs managed, triumphantly, to seal the deal.

Origin Of Symmetry sees Muse embracing despondency and turning it into something collective, something beautiful. Everything feels belatedly pubescent, like an overblown stamina test – and no matter how Muse’s fans then may have grown up, it’s still spectacularly foreboding.

The album peaked at #3 on the UK Albums chart and #22 on the Australian Albums charts. Interestingly, the album finally charted in the US reaching #161 on the Billboard 200 charts almost a decade after its release.

Check out the tracks: “Plug In Baby”; “New Born”; “Bliss”; “Feeling Good” and “Hyper Music”.

This double LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve is pressed in Europe, reissued by Helium-3 Records in July 2015.

(0825646909452)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

A1

New Born

6:03

A2

Bliss

4:12

B1

Space Dementia

6:20

B2

Hyper Music

3:21

B3

Plug In Baby

3:39

C1

Citizen Erased

7:19

C2

Micro Cuts

3:38

C3

Screenager

4:20

D1

Darkshines

4:47

D2

Feeling Good

3:19

D3

Megalomania

4:38

SKU 0825646909452
Record Label Helium-3 Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 0825646909452
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 09 July 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 17 July 2001
Barcode # 0825646909452
Shipping Weight 0.6300kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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