Black Holes and Revelations is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Muse, released on 3 July 2006. It gets its title from a line in the song "Starlight" which is track number two on the album. Recording was split between New York and France, and it was the first time Muse had taken a more active role in the album's production. The album was a change in style from Muse's previous albums, and the band cited influences that included Depeche Mode, Millionaire, Lightning Bolt, Sly and the Family Stone, and music from southern Italy.
Black Holes and Revelations was placed at #34 in a public vote conducted by Q Magazine for "The Best British Albums of all time" in February 2008.
Like their previous two albums, Black Holes and Revelations has political and science-fiction undertones, with the lyrics covering topics as varied as political corruption, alien invasion, revolution, New World Order conspiracies as well as more conventional love songs. Six of its songs are played live on their next album HAARP.
Muse's previous album, Absolution, was released in 2003 to critical acclaim. Absolution had brought the band mainstream exposure in the United States for the first time.