Though Muse's reputation has been soured by a glut of mediocre albums, Origin of Symmetry still holds up as one of the 20th century's most abrasive, bombastic, and thoroughly enjoyable albums. This is Muse at their creative peak, from the crunching bounce of Hyper Music to the hauntingly barren Screenager.
Muse's sophomore effort still holds up as one of the finest, progressive rock albums of the 21st century. I think it's impressive to see them jump from an innocent, alt-rock album to this epic, space rock journey.
Favourite tracks: New Born, Space Dementia, Citizen Erased
Muse's peak album. An album about the fear of the future. Truly a modern masterpiece.
Favorite songs: Bliss, Space Dementia, Plug In Baby, Citizen Erased, Micro Cuts, Darkshines, Megalomania.
Muse's best and hardest sounding album.
It establishes a solid and unique take on the grandiose and dramatic side of Alt Rock right from the get-go. Yet, it rarely strays away from it's initially presented style. So, if you find their whiney, overly dramatic, "scream-in-your-face-for-attention" vibe annoying (which I think is more than possible), good luck. For me, the interest does dwindle and the flaws do begin to shine out as the album nears it's third act, but it ends rather satisfyingly.