"This song is influenced by Glam rock, 80s synths, riots and the more eccentric protesters at the recent G20 protests. It expresses a general mistrust of bankers, global corporations and politicians."
"This song started off as an extension of ‘Map of the Problematique’ with a bit of influence from early ‘The Police’. It is very much based on the love story from the book ‘1984’ by George Orwell particularly the romance between Winston and Julia and the description of the act of sex and love as something political, the only place offering freedom from big brother. The song is also about any love which crosses boundaries such as religion or strong political beliefs and the subsequent recognition of the unimportance and divisiveness of such beliefs."
3. Undisclosed Desires
"This is something totally new for the band. It is influenced by contemporary R’n’b and a little of the David Bowie album ‘Ashes to Ashes’. It is a song about love and the dark secrets that lovers share."
4. United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)
"Musically this is influenced by Ravel, Tchaikovsky and 1970s song writing/string arrangements. The ending features Chopin’s ‘Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2’ with sound effects evoking innocence and then the military, towards the very end (a take on the term ‘collateral damage’ - a cold term used by politicians and the media to trivialize the killing of completely innocent people in war). The song is from an imaginary musical about a ‘United States of Eurasia’, the search for peace and the accidental creation of a new super power challenging American primacy.”
5. Guiding Light
"This track is about a troubled relationship and is influenced by 1980s cheesy stadium rock! There is a guitar solo with a deliberate screaming harmonic. These types of harmonies have been banned from rock music for at least 18 years, possibly longer."
6. Unnatural Selection
"This song is influenced by the book ‘Black Swan’ which is basically a whinge about how we live in a ‘winner takes all’ world i.e. those who do well take more and more and the losers have to settle for less and less. Amongst other things, the song is saying ‘If you can’t beat them, then join them.’
7. MK Ultra
"This song is about brain washing and the psychological manipulation that has been going on in the world, behind closed doors and via the media during the 20th century."
8. I Belong to You (+Mon Cœur S’ouvre à Ta Voix)
"This song is influenced by silly circus sounds, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’, ‘Pet Sounds’ and a general ‘anything goes’ approach to music. It is about feeling in debt or grateful to someone for being an inspiration for creating music. The middle is from the aria called ‘Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix from the French opera ‘Samson and Delilah’ composed by Camille Saint-Saens. The song features a bass clarinet solo which we wanted to sound like a theme tune from a children’s TV program featuring teddy bears in a garden."
9-11. Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1-3 (Overture, Cross-Pollination, Redemption)
"This is influenced by Rachmaninov, Richard Strauss, Chopin and Pink Floyd. It looks at the concept of ‘Panspermia.’ It is a story of humanity coming to an end and everyone pinning their hopes on a group of astronauts who go out to explore space and spread humanity to another planet."
quotes from iTunes LP (all spoken by Matt Bellamy)