Single Review
Muse - Supermassive Black HoleMuse - Supermassive Black Hole

Muse's new single “Supermassive Black Hole” off their forthcoming album “Black Holes and Revelations,” has caused a divide amongst the music world.

For most existing “hardcore” Muse fans, it's death-to-the-ears. It's utterly terrible. But the thing that angers them, is not that it's a bad song. It's because Muse made it. They know (and I'm one of them,) that Muse are capable of so much more. And after such brilliance as “Bliss,” “New Born,” “Plug In Baby,” and “Stockholm Syndrome,” this single seems like a joke. But then again, maybe that's intentional. Matt Bellamy seems to like to take the piss, but would they really have a joke on such a large scale? Risking everything with their fans? They must really have faith in the new album to think it can cover up this blow they've dealt themselves.

For non-Muse fans, it's quite popular. Because they aren't necessarily into the older stuff, and don't compare it. Or maybe they didn't like the older stuff, and because this is so unlike it, it's adored. Who knows.

But for those of you who haven't heard it, they've dived headfirst into the world of commercial music. And although the actual riff is pretty good and Musey, it's been mastered as so that the fuzz has been removed. It's too, I don't know, wimpy?

It was instantly likened to Britney Spears, and within a day of it's release, somebody had made a mix of the song merged with “Do Something.” Embarassingly, it works unbelievably well.

But yeah, the vocals are all high-pitched, and you can imagine it being played in a club or a bar. Which is a bit scary.

I said that people were divided over the track; well it's a divide that is shifting slowly. As, the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you. In fact with me, it took me one night's sleep to transform from anger to “actually this isn't bad.”

It's a good song in all honesty. This doesn't mean Muse are forgiven though. But it's good.


Review by Thom
 Band Members
Muse - Band
Matthew Bellamy (vocals, guitar)
Chris Wolstenholme (bass, vocals)
Dominic howard (drums, percussion)
 Track Listing
1. Supermassive Black Hole
2. Crying Shame
 Band Related Links
Muse Myspace
Muse Official Website
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?