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08 BUTTERFLIE­S AND HURRICANES ABSOLUTION (2003)

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Their first-ever top 10 single from their first album to top the charts on home soil, Butterflie­s And Hurricanes is the sound of a band with all the creative wind in their sails. With Bellamy’s octave shapes providing a counter melody to Chris Wolstenhol­me’s bass lines, it’s another track that carries a strong progressiv­e and space rock influence, with no shortage of keyboards adding to the atmospheri­c collage. There have been several live arrangemen­ts of the track over the years – some closer to the original and others with Bellamy replicatin­g the opening synth line on guitar by playing a standard Dm chord and holding that shape while lowering the note played on the B string one fret at a time. It’s this knowledge of chords – where to use majors, minors, dominants and half-diminished­s – that has allowed Bellamy to break out of convention­al rock guitar riffing and into more modal, classical and filmscore-esque grandeur.

NEW BORN FINDS BELLAMY MUTATING DIFFERENT STYLES INTO HIS OWN BEAST

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