Origin of Symmetry


Release date(s)
July 17th, 2001
Recording details
September 2000 - February 2001, various studios
No. of tracks
World 11
Japan 12
World 51:34
Japan 55:01
Mushroom, Taste, Warner Bros.
John Leckie, David Bottrill and Muse
Chart position
UnitedKingdom 3
France 2
Japan 20
UnitedStates 161

Origin of Symmetry is Muse's second studio album, released on 17 July 2001 in the United Kingdom (but not until 2005 in the United States). It was more of a success than Showbiz, and introduced Muse to a wider audience.

The album yielded four singles, in order Plug In Baby, New Born, Bliss and (double A-side) Hyper Music/Feeling Good.


Origin of Symmetry features a similar style to Showbiz, but perhaps with a more epic scope, and a heavier atmosphere. Many of the songs on the album, like Plug In Baby, were written during the band's early days, however a few are new compositions.

Track listingEdit

  1. "New Born" – 6:01
  2. "Bliss" – 4:12
  3. "Space Dementia" – 6:20
  4. "Hyper Music" – 3:20
  5. "Plug In Baby" – 3:40
  6. "Citizen Erased" – 7:19
  7. "Micro Cuts" – 3:38
  8. "Screenager" – 4:20
  9. "Darkshines" – 4:47
  10. "Feeling Good" – 3:19
  11. "Futurism" (Japan only) – 3:27
  12. "Megalomania" – 4:38


  • Matthew Bellamy
    • lead vocals on all tracks
    • guitars on all tracks
    • piano on "New Born", "Space Dementia", "Citizen Erased", "Darkshines" and "Feeling Good"
    • synthesizers on "Bliss", "Space Dementia", "Citizen Erased", "Screenager", "Feeling Good" and "Megalomania"
    • pipe organ on "Megalomania"
  • Christopher Wolstenholme
    • bass guitar on all tracks
    • backing vocals on "New Born" and "Plug In Baby"
    • double bass on "Micro Cuts"
    • synthesizer on "Darkshines"

Chart performanceEdit

Origin of Symmetry charted in 2 countries, entering in and peaking at number 62 in the Netherlands and number 69 in the United Kingdom. It stayed in both the Top 100 in the Netherlands and the Top 75 in the United Kingdom for only one week.

Netherlands Netherlands 62 62 1
UnitedKingdom United Kingdom 69 69 1
TOTAL 62 62 2

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