The Invasion: 'The Madness'

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Have a listen to The Invasion's debut album, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Madness, and you might be inclined to wonder which part of England the rock quartet is from. Maybe it's the resemblance to British bands like Queen, Radiohead and especially Muse, or perhaps it's the accented quality of singer Aaron Brown's vocals. Whatever the logic may be, it's surprising to ultimately discover that The Invasion actually hail from the town of Nampa, Idaho.

The band notes on their MySpace page that they'd never heard of artists such as Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and Muse until the comparisons began rolling in. But many of the songs on How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Madness could fit comfortably on a Muse record, such as "The Law" which features a similar tone of gloom and impending doom.

"The Madness" is another song that strikes a familiar note, with Brown's piano-driven melodies and yearning vocals often recalling Muse singer and pianist Matthew Bellamy's. Still, the similarities shouldn't detract from the quality of The Invasion and the thoughtful music on its debut.

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