Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Virtuoso Kings of Prog Pop; MUSE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Virtuoso Kings of Prog Pop; MUSE

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Byline: PAUL CONNOLLY

ENTERTAINMENT EVERY now and then during festival season a band plays a career-defining set, a performance that elevates them from second division hopefuls to premiership contenders. Such events include Pulp at Glastonbury in 1995 and Radiohead in 1997. Muse at Reading in 2006 can now be added to the list, after the Devonian three-piece confirmed their transition from hopeless Radiohead wannabes to proper monsters of preposterous rock.

It is impossible to overstate how rubbish Muse once were. Their first two albums Showbiz and Origin Of Symmetry were great formless masses of electro trickery and camp singing, with little resembling a decent tune.

Then, three years ago, came Absolution, a dense, magical take on prog pop that not only overflowed with ideas and invention but was also laden with great melodies and hooks. I went to see them in Milan and at The Brits and did a 180-degree turnaround - they were spectacular live and, improbably given my previous antipathy to them, I became a huge fan. …

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