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Muse: 'Uprising'

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Muse: 'Uprising'
Released on Monday, Sep 7 2009

Depending on who you ask, the new Muse single either sounds like "Freddie Mercury performing in space", "Goldfrapp duelling with David Bowie", or "Blondie covering the Doctor Who theme tune". These comparisons may sound faintly ridiculous, but actually they aren't too far off the money. Managing to blend space-rock, a funky guitar strut, sci-fi sound effects and a fist-pumping "oi-oi-oi" chant, Matt Bellamy and co have well and truly gone off the rock Richter scale.

The trio's apocalyptic lyrics and utter disregard for the conventions of modern musical tastes - their new album features a three-part symphony called 'Exogenesis' - are bound to alienate some listeners. But anyone who revelled in the overblown bombast of 2006's Black Holes And Revelations won't leave this track disappointed. Sometimes they overstep the mark, such as on Bellamy's pompous "They will not control us!" refrain, but no other current band can match Muse for sheer, unabashed imagination.

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