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Check Out: Muse’s “Undisclosed Desires”

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What the hell happened to Muse? You know, the group that used to be pegged as a Radiohead cover band? Or, how about the same act responsible for roller-rink anthems “Bliss”, “Map of the Problematique”, or “Hysteria”? (The latter of which is a total compliment, by the way.) Since when did they put out such lazy and sluggish material?

It all started with the glitter and bombast of the naturally awkward Queen throwback, “United States of Eurasia”, which is more or less the first real throwaway Muse track. Then came current single “Uprising”, a song so forgettable, you’d be hard pressed to remember it even hit the streets. Now arrives “Undisclosed Desires”, an admirable improvement yet still underwhelming release from what will inevitably make up the group’s fifth LP, the 30 Seconds to Mars-esque title, The Resistance.

Some comparisons suggest Depeche Mode, and they’d be right, but if you listen closely, there’s this odd Eurythmics thing going down (think: “Here Comes the Rain Again”). Only, let’s be real… Matt Bellamy is no Annie Lennox. Still, there’s enough here to enjoy on first listen, though nothing really tugging for a second go-around. We’ll remain optimistic — not really — but something tells me it’s safe to be somewhat skeptical of this upcoming release.

C’mon, folks. They’re better than this.

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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