I've put off listening to this new Muse song, "United States of Eurasia" for a couple of reasons: one, I adore Muse. Really love 'em. I love them so much that, I am scared of change. Change, I understand, is necessary in music — but nonetheless, I am scared. Two, there have been countless comparisons between Muse and Queen on "United States of Eurasia." This is, as you know, both worrisome and exciting.
Normally, such comparisons are a great honor (no, actually, I'm sure Muse is thrilled; who doesn't look up to Queen?), but at times, what should have been a subtle nod or tribute to a great band can easily become demanding and incongruous.
Listening to "United States of Eurasia," I hear a front man who is worthy of being compared to the late, great Freddie Mercury. Being one of my personal heroes, I don't say this often. In fact, I have only said this about two other persons, Killers front man, Brandon Flowers and American Idol finalist Adam Lambert (supposedly, Queen are thinking about having Lambert be their new leader singer... he's got some pipes!). And Muse's Matthew Bellamy seems like a better fit.
"Unites States of Eurasia/Collateral Damage," as it is cited on the album, disappoints as a Muse track overall, despite living up to the Queen correspondence. Any Muse fan still listening to 2006's beautiful Black Holes and Revelations, would expect more from the first taste of Muse's followup fifth album, The Resistance.
Though what people fail to see is that "United States of Eurasia" is not The Resistance's first single. That title belongs to, "Uprising," which will be released on September 7th. Muse will premiere the single for the world to see on this year's MTV VMA Awards. The band describes the single as "a heavy-rock take on Goldfrapp." My mouth is already watering.
Here is The Resistance's full track listing. It will be released on September 14th.
1. "Uprising" – 5:02
2. "Resistance" – 5:46
3. "Undisclosed Desires" – 3:56
4. "United States of Eurasia/Collateral Damage" – 5:47
5. "Guiding Light" – 4:13
6. "Unnatural Selection"
7. "MK Ultra"
8. "I Belong to You/Mon Cœur S'ouvre à ta Voix"
9. "Exogenesis: Symphony Part I (Overture)"
10. "Exogenesis: Symphony Part II (Cross Pollination)"
11. "Exogenesis: Symphony Part III (Redemption)"
photo credit goes to the amazing le hibOO.