Muse – Sunburn

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Single Review by Mark Bayross

Devon lads Muse have been creating quite a storm since coming to prominence in 1998. Signed to Madonna’s Maverick label in the US and Mushroom in the UK, and with a string of critically-acclaimed singles and John Leckie-produced debut album SHOWBIZ under their collective belt, they can currently do no wrong.

SUNBURN is an anthemic blast of piano and guitar, and has already found a home on most radio playlists. They’ll hate me for saying this, but I do detect a trace of Radiohead here – the song has similar rousing dynamics, loud tortured guitars and unhinged vocal delivery. Fortunately, that’s no bad thing.

B-side ASHAMED is different – some superbly chunky bass and distorted vocals give the song a grungier feel and prove that the band are no one-trick wonders. It’s noisy and chaotic compared to the polished A-side.

This is the single that will undoubtedly propel Muse to the big league and shift loads more copies of SHOWBIZ. Watch this space.

5 stars