British rock band Muse delivers yet another incredible piece of operatic rock called "United States of Eurasia". This time it's from their upcoming fifth album, The Resistance. The song sounds like a mash-up of classic rockers, Led Zeppelin and Queen. The track includes a beautiful piano coda called "Collateral Damage" which is, essentially, Chopin's "Nocturne Op.9" with a Muse touch of strings, vocals and ambient noise. The entirety of the cut is decidedly different from what Muse has done before, but the change seems completely logical. I've always found Muse to be our generation's Queen - with it's giant pieces and unmistakable vocalist- and they live up to it here. That vocalist is Matthew Bellamy; who, though not as odd/eccentric as Freddie Mercury, still holds the same musical prowess. It is, after all, Bellamy who performs "Collateral Damage" on the piano.
Listen to "United States of Eurasia" via YouTube:
"United States of Eurasia" holds killer harmonies by Bellamy and a classic rock backing that cannot even be explained without the mention of Queen. It is a blend of piano rock, a symphony, one man choir, and has touches of Middle Eastern strings a laLed Zeppelin's "Kashmir". It is an ambitious work so, naturally, it will not be the album's lead single.
That privilege will be held by album opener "Uprising" which will not be released until 7 September when the band performs it at the 2009 Video Music Awards on MTV. (That's shaping up to be a huge show. I can't wait.)
Hear Chopin's Nocturne Op.9 no.2 below via YouTube:
What do you think of "United States of Eurasia?" Are you looking forward to hearing what "Uprising" will sound like? Let me know by leaving a comment!
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