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It gets off to a fan­tas­tic start: a rush of clat­ter­ing drums and spi­ralling atonal key­boards against a back­drop of swoon­ing gui­tars. It sounds like it could be an Ir­ish TV on the Ra­dio. In­stead, the de­but al­bum from Codes turns out to be more like an Ir­ish Cold­play. But even if you’re not hugely keen on earnest falsetto vo­cals com­bined with bashed cym­bals and big, stir­ring melodies (and I’m not), this is still hugely im­pres­sive stuff. In fact, the mix of synths, beats and chim­ing key­boards is so beau­ti­fully ar­ranged that I couldn’t help wish­ing it were an in­stru­men­tal al­bum (the en­chant­ing in­stru­men­tal track, Te­los, is one of the high­lights). If you only lis­ten to one epic rock al­bum this sea­son, make it this one, not Muse.

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