Muse – Origin of Symmetry (2001)
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- New Born
- Space Dementia
- Hyper Music
- Plug In Baby
- Citizen Erased
- Micro Cuts
- Feeling Good
Origin of Symmetry is the second studio album by English rock band Muse, released on 17 July 2001 by Mushroom Records and Taste Media. Its title and theme comes from a concept put forward by the theoretical physicist Michio Kaku in his book Hyperspace.
Origin of Symmetry was a critical and commercial success in the UK, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart and achieving BPI platinum status. Four singles were released from the album: “Plug In Baby”, “New Born”, “Bliss”, and “Hyper Music”/ “Feeling Good”.
The development of the album came about during the band’s extensive touring in promotion of Showbiz, with some of the material written and performed whilst on the road. The name and theme of the album comes from the book Hyperspace by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. In it he discusses how a future book about the discovery of supersymmetry should be entitled “The Origin of Symmetry“, due to its implications in physics, in reference to the impact Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species had on biology. As is cited by Matt Bellamy: “The name of the album, ‘Origin of Symmetry‘, is from a book about geometry of the universe and how it’s all in beautiful balance, a perfect thing in ten dimensions. It explains all the mysterious forces we invented religions around.”According to Bellamy, “everyone’s been writing about the origin of life so now they’ll start looking at the Origin of Symmetry; there’s a certain amount of stability in the universe and to find out where it originates from would be to find out if God exists.” Track 10, “Feeling Good”, was originally written for Broadway by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse in 1964. The first recording of this song was done by Nina Simone in 1965, on her 8th studio album. “Feeling Good”has also been covered by other musicians.