On That Note

Bellamy belting during Muse's "Stockholm Syndrome" of their inaugural Wembley performance.
The progression of the rock genre has yielded a healthy amount of diversity of music that falls under said umbrella of "rock."  Muse's "Stockholm Syndrome" is a great example of this reality and arguably a defining song of contemporary rock.  I find myself having a decent amount of difficulty writing this post because the song is all over the place.  

Embedded in minor tonality like so much of their other music, "Stockholm Syndrome" is not a typical rock song.  Forget a I, IV, VI, V - Syndrome brings a richer musical structure to the table.  Technically demanding for each of its instrumentalists (vocal, guitar, bass, drums), this complexity and, at times, schizophrenic quality (namely in the guitar), arguably reflects the psychological phenomenon of the same name.  Irrational elements, especially when blended together, found in the irritable guitar, driving synth, and somewhat abnormal drum pattern lend themselves to a potential 'out of one's right mind' take-away from listening.

Who down-tunes during a live performance besides maybe Jimmy Paige?  Bellamy and Wolstenholme receive nothing but my respect, as seen in the captioned link.  "Stockholm Syndrome," leaning more on the "harder" end of the spectrum, is a healthy blend of Muse's ability to support and sustain any flare they may demonstrate with legitimate musicianship.  Save "Butterflies and Hurricanes," this track was the band's most difficult for me to warm up to.  Sometimes a song is worth listening to more than once.

Until next time

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