Friday, August 29, 2008
(Bruce Lee) x (Jimi Hendrix) = Matthew Bellamy
I’m convinced that Muse singer/guitarist (also a stellar pianist) Matthew Bellamy is the love child of Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix. The guy plays the most mind-bending riffs with the discipline, precision and power of a martial arts master taking on a room full of ninjas. And he does it all while singing in a voice that would belong to the Vampire Lestat if every time he wanted to tear someone’s throat open, he sang a song instead.
I don’t mean to leave out Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard. You guys are awesome too. It’s not all about Matthew. There’s no ‘I’ in band, right? We all know it takes all three of you to make that muscular, dizzying vortex of sound that’s as tight as a Baptist preacher's ass (Southern Baptist that is, not those liberal, Bible-rejecting Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists).
This is a band that deserves every glowing adjective that can be thrown at it, and I can’t wait for the next album including Bellamy’s rumored 15-minute space-rock solo.