HAARP or “High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project” is “a scientific endeavour aimed at studying the properties and behaviour of the ionosphere”, in some respected circles it has also been seen as a possible weapon of mass destruction… if you love conspiracy theories check it out!
However in this instance it is the new album from Muse the justly deserved winners of this years NME “Best Live Act” award.
MUSE – The Haarp Tour : Live From Wembley (CD+DVD)
The new Live album, H.A.A.R.P. comes in two different packages, standard edition and deluxe edition. Both are a CD & DVD combination but the deluxe box set comes with a set of three postcards and features additional backstage footage and some other fancy stuff!
The album and film were recorded at their two massive Wembley Stadium shows on the 16th and 17th of June last year. They were the second headline act to appear at the new stadium and it is a fantastic spectacle featuring some of their best known tracks.
From the opening number “Knights Of Cydonia” through “Supermassive Black Hole”,”Starlight”, “Newborn” and finishing with the great “Take A Bow”… this album has it all.
If you were at the show on 16th you might remember the support band Biffy Clyro, who played some songs from their great album “Puzzle”.
Now in my experience you are either a lover of live albums, or you can take them or leave them, probably only buying those from your very favourite bands, I fall in to the first category and have “live” albums by bands that I have no other CD’s by, Seether “One Cold Night” is a great album. But this is not the case with Muse, I have several of their albums and have already ordered my copy of “H.A.A.R.P.” however if you fall into the second category consider this, they did not win the NME award for nothing… Take a look at this taster from You Tube.
If you like Muse, you will love this album, also for fans of Elbow, the Stereophonics, We are Scientists (review below) and even Mars Volta…
I like this blog from Adrian Barnes
WE ARE SCIENTISTS – Brain Thrust Mastery
This is their third? (Debate please…) major label release which also comes in two versions, standard edition and the special edition digi-pak which comes with a bonus CD – "Live From Union Chapel", recorded in London on 23rd November 2007 as part of the ‘Little Noise Sessions’ in aid of Mencap.
Now you know what I was saying about live CD’s above? Yep, this one will be winging its way towards my collection very soon! I was lucky enough to go to the Snow Patrol Little Noise Sessions gig, awesome!
Anyway, onward and upwards, this is a great album of what could be "indie rock" classics from the American alternate rockers. Keith Murray and Chris Cain have sprinkled this with their usual wry sense of humour, the question is, is this going to be the release that brings them to the spotlight that they surely deserve?
The album includes the track “After Hours” which was released as the first single, with its really mad video it reached number 15 in the UK singles Chart, can the album beat those heady heights? Only you can make it happen…
For fans of Franz Ferdinand, Kooks, One Night Only, Panic At The Disco and, guess what? Yep Muse.
Here is a great blog post from Stereogum. Why not buy both special edition versions from CD WOW? I did…
Not your bag? Then why not check out our full list of New Release CD’s and Pre-Release CD’s on CD WOW! Cheers for now!