Theatre of Tragedy - Musique.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2000[1]
RecordedSoundsuite Studio, Marseille, France
Lydlab Studio, Oslo, Norway
GenreIndustrial metal, electronic rock
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerErik Ljunggren
Theatre of Tragedy chronology
Singles from Musique
  1. "Image"
    Released: September 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Femme Metal7/10 stars[3]

Musique is the fourth studio album by the Norwegian metal band Theatre of Tragedy, released in 2000. The title on the album's cover, [ˈmjuːzɪk], is the pronunciation of the English word "music" transcribed in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Musique is the album that marked for the band the change from gothic metal with Early Modern English lyrics to a more electronic style, using Modern English. The change in musical direction for Theatre of Tragedy was associated with a change from traditional gothic and supernatural themes to lyrics based on modern life, including technology ("Machine", "Radio"), nightlife ("Image", "The New Man") and streetfighting ("Crash/Concrete"). The song "Commute" has the line "It's more fun to commute" in its lyrics, possibly a reference to Kraftwerk's "It's more fun to compute" from their Computer World album, which in turn is a reference to "It's more fun to compete" found on old pinball machines.

Metal Mind Productions reissued the album after it had been digitally remastered using a 24-bit process on a golden disc. It includes three bonus tracks, "Quirk" (Original Version) - also known as the original version of "Image" - , "Radio" (Unreleased Mix) and "Reverie" (Unreleased Mix). The reissue is limited to 2,000 copies and was released in Europe on 27 July 2009.[4]

Track listing[]

All songs written and composed by Theatre of Tragedy.

2."City of Light"04:19
11."Space Age"04:16
12."The New Man" (bonus track)03:21
Total length:48:42

On the back of the album's casing, "Space Age" is written in Russian: "Космическая эра"; moreover, the words "Гагарина, Терешковой, Леонова, Лайки, Белки и Стрелки" ("Of Gagarin, Tereshkova, Leonov, of Laika, Belka and Strelka") are recited throughout the song.

The song "Reverie" begins with loading of a ZX Spectrum program from an audio cassette.


Theatre of Tragedy[]

Additional musicians[]



Two tracks from Musique were released as singles.


Chart (2000) Peak position
German Albums Chart[5] 39


  1. ^ Theatre of Tragedy - Musique on the band's official website Retrieved 17 December 2017
  2. ^ Anderson, Jason. "Theatre of Tragedy - Musique review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Cannella, Tony. "Theatre Of Tragedy - "Musique" - Re-Issue (2009)". Femme Metal Webzine. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Metalmind". Metalmind. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Album - Theatre of Tragedy, Musique". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 April 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)