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Check Out: Muse’s “United States of Eurasia”

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Fans who used to defend U.K. trio Muse against comparisons to Radiohead can now add another fellow British act to the mix: Queen! After all, the new tune off the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album, The Resistance, swings and climbs and sounds like a Freddie Mercury-penned tune. Titled “United States of Eurasia”, the nearly four minute sweeper sports Roy Thomas Baker-like guitar production and vocals by Matt Bellamy that channel Mercury to the T.

In its parts, however, it does tag back to typical Muse renditions (think “Butterflies and Hurricanes”), but overall, it sounds like a Middle Eastern band covering some obscure Queen b-side. It’s unfortunate. It seems just like yesterday that bassist Chris Wolstenholme said, “It is more important for us to make the best album we have made to date.” If the remaining 10 tracks are anything like this, well, let’s just say they aren’t necessarily reaching for the stars anymore.

You be the judge, though…

Muse 2009 Tour Dates:
09/24 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium *
09/25 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium *
09/29 – Washington, DC @ FedEx Field *
10/01 – Charlottesville, VA @ Scott Stadium *
10/03 – Raleigh, NC @ Carter-Finley Stadium *
10/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome *
10/09 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium *
10/12 – Dallas, TX @ New Cowboys Stadium *
10/14 – Houston, TX @ Reliant Stadium *
10/22 – Helsinki, FI @ Hartwell Arena
10/24 – Stockholm, SE @ Hovet
10/25 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum Arena
10/26 – Copenhagen, DK @ Parken
10/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Color Line Arena
10/29 – Berlin, DE @ O2 World
10/31 – Lievin, FR @ Stade Couvert Regional
11/01 – Amneville, FR @ Le Galaxie
11/02 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportspaleis
11/04 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena
11/05 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
11/06 – Dublin, IE @ O2 Depot
11/09 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
11/10 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA
11/12 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
11/13 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
11/14 – Rotterdam, NL @ Ahoy
11/16 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
11/17 – Paris, FR @ Bercy
11/18 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
11/20 – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle
11/21 – Bologna, IT @ Futurshow Station
11/22 – Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier
11/25 – Toulouse, FR @ Zenith
11/27 – Barcelona, ES @ Pavello Olimpic
11/28 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio de Deportes
11/29 – Lisbon, PT @ Atlantico Pavilhao
12/01 – Limoges, FR @ Zenith
12/02 – Dijon, FR @ Zenith
12/04 – Turin, IT @ Pala Olimpico

* = w/ U2

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