If its predecessor, Absolution, was steeped in portents gloomy enough to gladden the heart of the most heavily mascara-ed Goth, Black Holes and Revelations takes Muse's trademark paranoid political outlook to a new pitch of melodramatic intensity.
Though often compared to Queen, the trio are closer to the Seventies prog-rockers Rush: like them, Muse fuse grandiose pomp-rock and fanciful political beliefs with outlandish sci-fi overtones - but without quite reaching the solipsistic absurdity of the French art-rockers Magma, who devised a private language for their dubious social fables.
At least, with Muse, you get to hear just how daft Matt Bellamy's opinions are, even though one might be broadly in agreement with him on some points.
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