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September 22, 2009

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Muse

Undisclosed Desires

I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask

The new album by Muse, The Resistance, was released just over a week ago, and one of the most significant tracks from that album in my opinion is Undisclosed Desires, where the band ventures into an electronic universe.

With underlying synths, electronic drum machines and pizzicato-style main riffs, the song’s lyrics, which along with the other tracks are inspired by the George Orwell novel 1984, mostly portray a seemingly much-needed salvation toward a person. In a cloud of lyrics reminding me of those of Coldplay’s Fix You, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy sings about reconciling, exorcising, satisfying and even just recognizing. At the bottom of it all, it very much appears to be a semi-camouflaged love song.

This is still merely an album track and not an actual single yet, but I don’t have any doubts that it will be at some point. The instruments used and the composition of the song makes it a song comfortably resting in the mainstream end of Muse’s musical realm. But that doesn’t make it any less interesting. With the guitar undoubtedly taking a back seat and the Depeche Mode-ish composition being front and center, it’s an interesting release by the band that will most definitely have older fans rage that it’s “not like what they used to be”, and new fans jump on the Musemobile and take the trip all the way to the Land of Resistance. Most unquestionably is however the fact that this is a song that will get many people singing and grooving along to it due to its catchy nature—and that makes it quite powerful.

Tip o’ my pizzicato hat to Matt Miles for the help with the song’s notes.

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