Origin of Symmetry

~ Release group by Muse

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Origin of Symmetry CD 12 cutting edge (avex group) CTCM-65001 4945817650016
Origin of Symmetry Digital Media 11 Universal Music Domestic Rock/Urban (not for release label use; for copyrights, licensing and/or distribution use only) [none]
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 naïve NV 38511 3298490385111
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 Motor Music (Germany) 589 058-2 731458905820
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 Mushroom Records (AU/NZ) MUSH93CDX 5034644009308
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 Mushroom Records (AU/NZ) MUSH93CD 5034644009322
Origin of Symmetry Digital Media 12 A&E Records
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 Mushroom Records (AU/NZ) MUSH93CD 5034644009322
Origin of Symmetry Enhanced CD 11 Play It Again Sam (PIAS Belgium & worldwide generic imprint releases) 481.2010.070, PIAS2010CD 5034644009322
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 EastWest Records America (this label only briefly used between 1990–91, please read annotations before use), Taste Media CDW 47984 093624798422
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 Taste Media 3298490385111
Origin of Symmetry Enhanced CD 11 Motor Music (Germany) 589 058-2/18 731458905820
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 MCI Records (defunct Israeli label) MCI 81850-2 7293738185023
Origin of Symmetry 2×12" Vinyl 5 + 6 Mushroom Records (AU/NZ) MUSH93LP 5034644009315
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 Taste Media 589 058-2 731458905820
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 EastWest, Taste Media 5050466847621 5050466847621
Origin of Symmetry CD 11 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 47984-2 093624798422
Origin of Symmetry CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCR-12560 4943674070046
Origin of Symmetry Digital Media 12 Warner Music UK Ltd. (not for release label use!)
Origin of Symmetry 2×12" Vinyl 5 + 6 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 47984-1 825646909452
Origin of Symmetry 2×12" Vinyl 5 + 6 Helium-3, Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 0825646909452 0825646909452
Origin of Symmetry (24 bit/96 kHz) Digital Media 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 825646024834
Promotion
Origin of Symmetry (exclusive advanced promo) CD 6 Motor Music (Germany), Taste Media, Universal Records (1996-2005 American pop label - "RECORDS" must be a part of the logo!) [none] [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Bliss
Feeling Good / Hyper Music
Hyper Music (3-in-1 set comprising singles "Hyper Music" / "Bliss" / "New Born")
Hyper Music / Feeling Good
New Born
Plug In Baby
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000464449 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/11019 [info]
Wikidata: Q210910 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Origin of Symmetry [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Muse:Origin_Of_Symmetry_(2001) [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/69cg [info]

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To give Origin of Symmetry some context, it was the album that pushed Muse into upper echelons of the charts; a set that marked Matt Bellamy's lyrics out as speaking defiantly, ponderously, on behalf of Muse's ever-growing fanbase. During interviews in the run-up, they talked of this album marrying their equally-divided love of Rachmaninoff and Rage Against the Machine, and a growing number of fans lapped it up.

Now five albums in, this colossal second collection - released in 2001 - plays back like a prototype for the music Muse went on to create. Origin of Symmetry documents change and the loss of self; how people around its nameless leader are superfluous, constantly changing. It's about how something deeper stays the same, and its strained virtuosity proves the perfect partner for the sentiment throughout.

Origin of Symmetry's aims were always clear: as 'outsider' as it feels, the preposterous melodrama is entirely mainstream - something the masses can easily identify with. It shows a band with the drive and unfettered ambition to create a standalone marvel which not only awakens the ghosts and cliches from prog's pompous past, but entirely adds its own voice. And Bellamy's voice is intelligent and familiar, his cold grandiosity spreading like wildfire as the album plays out.

Listening to this with the benefit of hindsight shows Darkshines to be a skeletal foreshadow of Black Holes and Revelations' Hoodoo, for its falsetto and aggravation. Instruments crash before they burst, with Citizen Erased going the furthest in mimicking feelings of desolation. Micro Cuts is the sharpest-sounding song here, firmly proving Muse to be far more than Queen impersonators.

Bellamy issued a retort to those scared of Muse coming across as too earnest with a deadpan cover of Nina Simone's version of Feeling Good, which not only proved spectacularly dippy but also a world away from the US bands of the time (nu-metal was rife) conveying a similar sense of gloom. The zeal in Plug In Baby's huge, Carry On riffs managed, triumphantly, to seal the deal. But as phenomenal as Origin of Symmetry is, there's certainly easy-to-spot filler: Darkshines is relatively directionless, and Screenager's aching melancholy feels like a giant stutter in the tracklist.

Origin of Symmetry sees Muse embracing despondency and turning it into something collective, something beautiful. Everything feels belatedly pubescent, like an overblown stamina test - and no matter how Muse's fans then may have grown up, it's still spectacularly foreboding.