I'm going to tell you why I think they're shit.
"You sure you want to go with that look?"
I actually have the first 2 Muse albums, and I still think Showbiz -and the song Uno, in particular- is ok if not brilliant. My wife bought Origin of Symmetry for a reason I've never quite worked out, I think she thought it was ok but I didn't like it mainly because of Bellamy's gaspy vocals ruining "Feeling Good" Actually, while we're on the subject, here's a hint to any band members who might be reading this. If you're thinking of doing a cover version, fine go ahead-but make sure Nina Simone hasn't done it first. You're not the singer she was, you'll sound silly.
Muse are decent musicians -no-one can say they aren't- but using arpeggio and pitch shift effects doesn't make you a great guitarist, just a techincally gifted one. Great guitarists have a feel for their instrument, not just ability. Josh Homme -great gutarist, Herman Li -loaded with skill, but awful. See my point?
A great live band? No. A truly great live band adds something to their songs onstage -and that something isn't a flashy light show- Muse do perfect renditions of their CD cuts, yes, but I might as well sit in the garden listening to my MP3 player whilst shining a torch in my face.
Anyway, Muse have carried on -getting steadily worse as time has passed- until they're at the point where we are now, and they seem to have turned into a pastiche of their former selves, becoming lazy, unoriginal and worst of all, boring.