Something that has cheered me up enormously in the last week or so is the new album by Muse, Black Holes & Revelations.
It's a completely magnificent, over the top, excessive, messy and glorious piece of work. Its prog rock for the noughties (I really hate that word).
The album really shouldn't work. Its a blend of mighty guitars, synths, walls of dense sound, apocalyptic sci-fi imagery and Matt Bellamy's soaring high pitched voice. But it DOES work wonderfully, particularly on the politically charged Exo-politics and the immense Take a Bow - sample lyrics:
Bring corruption to all that you touch
And beholden for all that you've done
Cast a spell
Cast a spell on the country you run
You will risk
You will risk all their lives and their souls
You will burn
You will burn in hell, yeah you'll burn in hell)
Not really a mixture to capture the hearts of Galaxy radio listeners! Imagine a band that combines Queen, Radiohead & Hawkwind with a frontman who is amazing (while being as mad as a bag of hammers). Go and get the album, then you can say you got it before the bandwagon started picking up speed!