Muse
The 2nd Law


2.5
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by C I N A E D U S USER (21 Reviews)
October 4th, 2012 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kate Hudson continues her systematic de-mantling of Muse, one album at a time.

"The 2nd Law" was bound to be controversial. From the moment that Matthew Bellamy announced his ambitions to intertwine ‘brostep’ with their latest material, a storm of judgment has followed ever since. Hyperbolic statements such as ‘The 2nd Law is going to be the best/worst album of the decade’ were being made in rapid succession, well before the album’s initial release. Yet both of these statements are far from the truth. What Muse seemingly stumbled upon is not an album that will go down in history as being the definitive record of the 2010’s, nor a release that will see them become the laughing stock of society – instead they’ve reached that middle-ground that so many bands, when trying to change their sound, seem to end up. What Muse have manufactured with “The 2nd Law” isn’t particularly heartening for Muse fans, but for the first time in their relatively experienced career, the album isn’t entirely over-whelmed by the Matthew Bellamy show – a prospect that once delighted, but now disturbed – as perhaps a career in the spotlight for bassist, Chris Wolstenholme, is born.

The main problem Muse encounters in “The 2nd Law” is the simple fact that Muse attempt to shape an album full of singles and stand-outs. The lack of focus – which eventuates to a nearly non-existent flow – completely throws Muse off the scent of the complete record they’ve been searching for. There are good songs and there are bad songs, yet as a whole the release feels empty, as though there is no point to it other than to generate money, and for Bellamy to excrete his oft fragmented thoughts and feelings. Whereas The Resistance had some, if minimal, sense of direction, “The 2nd Law” is much like an excited dog – running round and round in circles with no thought in mind -other than to keep running.

Yet individually, the songs on The 2nd Law are a major step up from Bellamy and his space-men’s efforts on The Resistance. Sure, “Panic Station,” is one of the worst songs anybody will have the misfortune of hearing, and “Unsustainable” is downright embarrassing, but there is the instrumentally creative “Animals,” and the refreshing ‘Bellamy-breaker’ in “Liquid State,” which do their best to cancel out the abominations this album has to offer. Muse have always been thereabouts with their instruments, and “The 2nd Law” does nothing to break or improve this streak. As well as providing nothing incredibly innovative to the modern music industry (except ‘dubstep’ on guitars) “The 2nd Law” is plagued by inconsistent and often lacklustre song-writing. The first half of Madness is – for lack of a better word- lazy, yet it eventually explodes into a motion of colour and emotion as the track comes to a brief, yet dramatic, life.

Muse’s ambitious, and rather egotistic 5th LP is not the return to form die-hard Muse fans will have been hoping to hear. The messy congregation of ideas “The 2nd Law” addresses is much like a poorly cooked Lasagne – discouraging to look at, yet devourable, if consumed one piece at a time. Throughout the album it seems as though Muse are desperately fighting through the dark to find that spark and idealistic creativity that accompanied their first few releases. It’s time for everyone to let go of Muse’s energetic space-rock era, and concede that they are a different band – and perhaps it’s time for Muse to too.



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DarthMann
October 4th 2012


13815 Comments


im not very good at reviewing new releases but thought this album needed a review that didnt say it was the worst album of 2012 or [one of] the best of 2012

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2012


21278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the first line reads weird, instead of 'The 2nd law was always going to be controversial' it should be like 'The 2nd Law was bound to be controversial' or something

agreed with most of your points tho so pos'd

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DarthMann
October 4th 2012


13815 Comments


it will be changed thanks

tommygun
October 4th 2012


24954 Comments


Good shit Darth, have a pos. Probably won't bother getting this, the list of albums I need to get is already way too long

DarthMann
October 4th 2012


13815 Comments


thanks mate
yaeh, unless you're a die-hard muse fan i'd advise against getting this over all the other albums that have come out in the past couple of days

Acanthus
October 4th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Knocking it for brostep when there's only (3?) tracks on the album with easily noticeable dubstep influences is a bit much, but then again I enjoy this.

Really like that this IS an album of singles, because it works better than trying to rein in all their influences and be restrained.

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DarthMann
October 4th 2012


13815 Comments


im just quoting what bellamy said, but whatever the case I agree
I kinda agree, but I just feel as a whole the album is disjointed, lots of stops and starts (NBA reference anyone?)
some very enjoyable songs on here though


Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2012


7307 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Probably the best review I've read for this album on the site thus far. Good job.

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DarthMann
October 4th 2012


13815 Comments


thanks Irving, but Sowing's will easily blow this out of the water haha

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2012


31223 Comments


Sowing doesn't have this, I do

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DarthMann
October 4th 2012


13815 Comments


oh i thought he was gonna do it

but damn you're like one of the best writers on the site there goes any chance of this being flagged, is it gonna be a path of totality-esque review?


Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2012


31223 Comments


Woah woah woah, no I'm not

And no, not nearly enough dubstep for that

DarthMann
October 4th 2012


13815 Comments


whatever man, I enjoy reading your reviews anyway.



YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2012


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

pretty much summed up my exact thoughts. I think there is the distinction between post-2006 die hard muse fans (who will eat this up) and pre-2006 Muse fans who will hopefully see this as far below the quality of Absolution and OOS. In a sorta mindless way, I do enjoy much of this album though. pos

DarthMann
October 6th 2012


13815 Comments


thanks mate

ThroneOfSystemUnfold
October 6th 2012


35 Comments


uh oh !

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

probably the only well written review ive read of this album on the website

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012


21278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

pretty much, shocking considering who wrote it




jk ily

DarthMann
October 6th 2012


13815 Comments


hahaah

Storm In A Teacup
October 12th 2012


12884 Comments


Kate Hudson can do whatever she wants as long as she doesn't go back to Alex Rodriquez because his only good game in the post-season was when they were together. In the words of Skip Bayless,

"When A-Rod hit home runs and Kate was there he would instantly look at her and be like "OMFGEEEZZZZZ DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID BABBBBBBYYYYY".

Fuk the Yankees GOOOOO GIANTS!!!



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