Muse
Blackholes and Revelations
(Warner)
Overly bombastic? Check. Classical piano riffs? Check again. Emotive Thom Yorke singing? It’s there. That’s right, it’s another Muse record, complete with prog-rock flourishes that would make Yes proud and lyrics that recall doom, gloom and the apocalypse of a broken heart. That’s not saying this is a bad record. In fact, it’s so over-the-top that it’s hard not to smile at the major talent on showcase. It’s this UK-based trio’s dedication to melody that sells the package with several surefire singles (“Supermassive Blackhole,” “Starlight”) that only confirm why the group headlines major festivals in Europe and deserves a place on your iTunes.
—Johnston Farrow

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