Muse’s latest album entitled “The 2nd Law” hit American soil today. Many songs from the album were all over the radio throughout the day, including Supremacy, Big Freeze, and Panic Station. These songs joined Muse’s two singles that came out earlier in the year (Madness and Survival) on the radio to a heavily mixed response.
Many people feel that the album doesn’t sound like Muse. A major part of that feeling comes from the fact that there is no unifying message throughout the album. People are accustomed to Muse’s lyrics dealing with politics in the world, or love, or a plethora of other things, but what the albums usually have is one message that is sent through several tracks. This album just doesn’t have that. What it does have is what Matt Bellamy calls “christian gangsta rap jazz odyssey, with some ambient rebellious dubstep and face melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia.” That’s about as narrow a definition of this album as anyone can think of.
The first song on the album, entitled “Supremacy,” is – in my humble opinion – the best on the album. It is very orchestral, and even has the chords from the 007 theme in it (you have to listen to the strings to catch them). The next two songs on the album worth mentioning are Madness, followed by Panic Station. Panic Station sounds a lot like Michael Jackson, meets Stevie Wonder, meets Queen, meets… oh yeah, Muse. It’s a great song that even has some “Thriller” undertones.
Even more shocking is the fact that there are two tracks on the album that feature Chris Wolstenholme’s Â (the bands back-up singer and bass guitarist) voice rather than Matt Bellamy’s. The songs describe his battle with alcoholism, and he wrote them, which is why he is the lead vocalist on the tracks.
Finally, Muse sums their sixth album up with what anyone would expect from them: some dubstep. Yeah, pretty shocking. Not necessarily a bad thing, but just not what I expect to hear or think of when someone mentions Muse.
Overall, the album is pretty spectacular. If I absolutely had to rate it, I’d give it 4 out of 5, but it definitely is not Muse’s best.Â It’sÂ a great album that is very different from anything Muse has tried before, which is one thing I have come to love about the group. You never know what to expect from them, and that is a great thing in a world obsessed with Justin Bieber and the like.
Until next time…