I have no idea what Muse was trying to do here. This album is all over the place, and most of the songs sound unoriginal.
The single they released several months ago is titled “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable.” This song, inspired by dubstep artist Skrillex, is based off of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. I actually enjoy this song, and think it’s one of the better ones on the album. It has a really neat sound to it, and having the background voices speaking causes a sense of chaos.
There was nothing particularly special about the song “Supremacy,” aside from the main riff. This one does sound the most like the Muse we all know, but it just isn’t up to par.
“Madness” was just annoying. The background vocals repeating “M-M-M-Madness” in a robotic tone added nothing to the song. If anything, it took away from what could have been an okay piece of music. Too much was going on in this song, with the main vocals and the repetitive, bothersome background vocals.
“Panic Station” made Muse sound like a Queen cover band. I’m all for being inspired by a particular artist, but this just sounded like a rip off. Speaking of rip offs; try listening to the beginning melody of “Explorers” and the beginning of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” back-to-back. They’re all too similar. It sounds like Muse took “Don’t Stop Me Now,” changed the words and arrangement, and called it their own. Plagiarism.
Then, they go from that theatrical rock to a driving, distorted, upbeat rock song. “Liquid State” was another okay song. The vocals were somewhat flat and monotone, but the riff made up for that.
Do not bother to listen to this album. I get that they were trying to experiment and be creative, but this album did not flow at all. It was too scattered. I would have liked this better if they had made it all dubstep. That’s how they advertised the album, so they should have just gone with it.
KEY TRACKS: “THE 2ND LAW” “LIQUID STATE”