Muse – Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:03 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Records
Muse celebrate the twentieth anniversary of ‘Origin Of Symmetry’ by releasing ‘Origin Of Symmetry: XX Anniversary RemiXX’ on Warner Records. The new edition features remixed and remastered audio plus re-imagined artwork and will be released on digital formats on June 18th before two vinyl packages follow on July 9th.
As the album’s anniversary approached, Muse asked the Grammy-winning producer Rich Costey, who has produced or mixed material on almost every subsequent record, to revisit the original recordings. Whereas most remix albums aim to radically rework the material, or to switch to an entirely different genre, the band and Costey wanted to provide a renewed clarity with a more open, dynamic and less crushed sound. This highlights parts and ideas previously buried or muted on the original mixes, like a harpsichord on ‘Micro Cuts’ and Abbey Road recorded strings on ‘Citizen Erased’, ‘Megalomania’ and ’Space Dementia’.
And that’s precisely what has been achieved. From the visceral opening riff of ‘New Born’ to the cinematic melancholy of the closing ‘Megalomania’ via the staggering scope of fan favourite ‘Citizen Erased’, the remix unveils every facet of the album’s intricate production alongside a new-found warmth. It further benefits from mastering courtesy of Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.
In 2001, this second effort by Muse was a great success worldwide and set the stage for the years to come. It was dark: very dark. The often torn voice of Matthew Bellamy offered millions of teenagers a point of reference. Some critics have panned the British band for its grandiloquent, even pompous tendencies. But this group’s strength lies precisely in its romantic flights and excessive expressions of emotion, that is how they have touched millions of people who feel the same way. To celebrate and pay tribute to this landmark album which defined an era, Muse have brought out this new version, subtitled XX Anniversary RemiXX. They have called on veteran producer Rich Cosey, who worked on almost every album released since this one first came out. Cosey remixed and remastered all the tracks for a clearer, more dynamic sound, which helps us rediscover sounds which were previously muffled by the rather less subtle first mix. For example, the strings on the pieces Space Dementia, Citizen Erased and Megalomania are much clearer on this version. The same goes for the harpsichord on Micro Cuts. There is also a repeat appearance for another song: Futurism was not in the original track listing, except on the Japanese release, where it featured as a bonus track. It fits harmoniously between Feeling Good and Megalomania. Another novelty for the twentieth anniversary edition is the new cover art by artist Sujin Kim. It is a digital reworking of the original drawing. All in all, anyone who enjoyed Origin of Symmetry the first time around will find that this revamped version offers a stronger, more exciting experience than the original. – Yan Céh
1. Muse – New Born (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
2. Muse – Bliss (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
3. Muse – Space Dementia (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
4. Muse – Hyper Music (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
5. Muse – Plug In Baby (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
6. Muse – Citizen Erased (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
7. Muse – Micro Cuts (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
8. Muse – Screenager (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
9. Muse – Darkshines (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
10. Muse – Feeling Good (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
11. Muse – Futurism (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
12. Muse – Megalomania (XX Anniversary RemiXX)