im the biggest muse fan ever!
but i wouldnt be so quick as to be easily wood by lovely strings and orchestral instruments. using such instruments does not mean the song is more 'genius' than a song using guitars or synths.
it's easy to fall under the spell of classical instrumental beauty, but writing it is like writing other genres.
I do definitely love the exogenesis trilogy, im just a balanced thinker. Muse is filled with genius, but exogenesis, while lovely, is simply filled with beautiful instruments and piano melodies. it isn't really 'genius', just beautiful. beauty isn't genius :)
bellamy is a gifted man, however. the true genius of the band is shown through a cast of other songs, in my opinion. exogenesis is lovely but not the pinnacle of the band. its easy to think that, because its got an orchestra in it, that its better than the rest, but that's simply holding classical instruments up on a pedestal :)
I listen to muse, arcade fire, other alt rock bands, and starcraft 2 terran music (along with starcraft 1 terran music, theme 1 2 and 3)
Oh I agree. I was never saying Exogenesis was their best songs. I just found they suited the FFXIV theme the most. And yes, they are genius lol. Exogenesis basically tells the story of humanity. Not only is the instrumental music genius, but the lyrics are too.
I am probably a bigger Muse fan :p They are all I listen to. Well I sometimes listen to some oldschool Hendrix, Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Pink Floyd. But when I listen to them I usually end up putting Muse back on. I used to be a huge concert goer when I was younger. I've seen Muse live 6 times. I guess I hold something in my heart for Exogenesis Symphony because it blew me away live. Mind you ALL their songs blew me away live.
Favourite songs in no particular order:
Sing for Absolution
Knights of Cydonia
Butterflies and Hurricanes
Take a Bow
I love em all but those are probably my top 10. The thing about Muse that sets them apart from other bands of this generation is their live show. They are literally the best live show I ever seen. And I've seen em all. Matt Bellamy is truelly a musical genius. Dominic Howard has to be one of the most technically sound drummers alive. And Chris has some pretty sick riffs.