On Rotation: Muse, Imogen Heap and Carla Bruni

I happily discovered each of my last three album purchases were individually phenomenal. The needed injection of fresh music helped reinvigorate the love between my speakers and ears, a love whose passion had faded. Also, apologies to the neighbors.

Muse – The Resistance
www.muse.mu
I’ve been a bit tired of Muse for the past few months. While still noting them as my favorite band, the relentless audio onslaught they produce gets a little tiresome to the ears after awhile. They overcome the monotony of their past barrage with The Resistance, a musically diverse album that more than hints at influences from Queen. Their fifth album release (Hullabaloo is a soundtrack and collection, and thus does not count) incorporates increased use of keys and synth, reminiscent of Origin of Symmetry, with schizophrenic, Phrygian-filled songs that run the gamut of musical expression (for better or for worse). The incredibly moving three-part “Exogenesis: Symphony” is a stunning end to the album and highlights Muse at their absolute best. On the downside, the obvious inclusion of politics doesn’t suit my taste in its form here, as it requires more poetics than, even I’ll admit, Matt Bellamy can provide (Green Day pulled it off much better on American Idiot). In true Muse fashion, lyrics aren’t the most subtle but they definitely sing better than they read, so I can forgive them. From danceable rock to Rachmaninoff-esque piano solos, The Resistance is another great add to any Muse fan’s collection.

Imogen Heap – Ellipse
www.imogenheap.com
Listening to Imogen Heap is always an experience. Her lush voice and the audio harmonics of her songs create such a vivid landscape of a prettier world. Tracks like “Wait It Out” would serve well within any indie movie’s soundtrack. The overall vibe doesn’t stray too far from 2006’s “Speak for Yourself.” I’m still a bigger fan of her previous album but with great tracks like “Half Life” and, the album’s single, “First Train Home,” that might just change sometime soon.

Carla Bruni – Quelqu’un m’a dit
www.carlabruni.com
Okay, this isn’t new but it’s new to me. Released in 2002, the album is as intimate and warm as any music can be, showcasing Bruni’s soothing voice against acoustic guitars. And how can one not swoon just a little bit? She’s an Italian-born, French singer-songwriter/ex-model.

Seriously.

Give me a break…