Saturday, March 15, 2008

Muse become the anti-Elbow

At the end of the week when Guy Garvey moaned and moaned and moaned about how people won't buy all the tracks off an album if you let them pick and choose, Muse have decided to more or less give albums the chop and give the people what they want. Matt Bellamy explains:

"I don't think we're going to approach the next album like we're making an album," Bellamy revealed. "I like the idea of releasing a series of songs, every month or every couple of months - just putting songs out there.

"Almost like making the single a more prominent format, and then every few years doing a best of from that period and that would be the album. So in other words, throw out songs every couple of months and see how people like them."


Anonymous said...

Didn't Ash already announce exactly the same plan? I guess they'll both be the high-profile test cases for this method, for pop-rock bands at least.

Anonymous said...

I like Muse a lot, especially as they seem to draw a lot of inspiration from classical music and often quite explicitly, 70s' theatrical rockers, Queen; anyone drawing inspiration from them deserve credit. Nonetheless, Elbow tend to write songs as a set of chapters telling a whole story; they are very much so an album band, a superb one at that, and the two styles should never really be compared. I'd say Muse's approach is actually the more common; the commercial approach. Only "The Seldom Seen Kid" actually thrust Elbow into the spotlight; before this they were happy to do their own thing and produce what only Elbow could produce; they're not as energetic or single-friendly as other bands, their music is beautiful but complex, and I hope it stays that way.

Love both bands and appreciate both styles.

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