Knights of Cydonia
Label: Warner Records
Muse return with this sweeping sci-fi epic, infused with stories of space travel ("Starlight") and a burst of flamenco guitar ("Hoodoo"). This fourth disc marks a bold step into the future of their operatic Brit rock, with the histrionic pitch of Matthew Bellamy's voice rising as if in response to global warming temperatures. Despite its overall dark, apocalyptic tones, this neo-prog space shuttle is worth taking a risk on.