Muse – The 2nd Law

I’ve finally transcended my thoughts about reviewing the new Muse album.
But first, I have to admit, that I always liked Muse. I consider “Origin of Symmetry” and “Absolution” as two of the best albums of the last decade. My opinion is, that this unique three-piece created a nice diversity in their musical style. Muse made rock, went into space, copied Radiohead, Matt Bellamy wrote a three-piece symphony, they made – almost – a funk song and they went dubstep eventually. Dubstep played with concrete instruments, important to add.

But I’m aware that Muse isn’t perfect at all. For instance, I was seriously concerned about the mental condition of Matt Bellammy as – after “The Resistance, which was nearly a pop album – “Neutron Star Collision”, the song for the Twilight movies, was released. I was scared, that Muse could turn into something like Coldplay. Selling the same record every three years, simply changing the album’s name. However, Muse went dubstep and they released “The 2nd Law” – and I should finally start with the review.

“The 2nd Law” starts with the bombastic opener “Supremacy”. Lots of massive guitar, heroic percussion, creaky bass, impressive falsetto. So, where’s James Bond. The problem with this song is, that it tries to be too epic and therefore become annoying, but not yet.
The following song is “Madness”. Matt Bellamy stated, that “Madness” is the most personal song he’d ever written. Despite this, I prefer good old “Unintended”. But, I have to add, that this song isn’t bad, I’d say that “Madness” is the most Queen-influenced song on this album. Maybe Brian May wrote the guitar solo.
We’re heading to “Panic Station”. As I first listended to the entire LP, this track was my favourite. It’s a tribute to good old funk, really. Say hello to Stevie Wonder. But at the end, it’s a bit too much with the brass ensemble, the brass loops and this fancy guitar. Hasn’t got much sense, but why should it have?
“The 2nd Law” also contains the track “Survival”. I won’t tell anything about this song, because it was the official tune of the London Olympics and it’s nothing more than a foolish version of the unique “United States Of Eurasia”.
And then, there are some average melodies as “Follow Me”, “Explorers” or “Big Freeze”. They’re worth listening to, but they’re not special. Whereas “Animals” is a real serious rendition. I appreciate how the song starts with this sad organ riff. And then the bass – and the guitar later as well – reflecting this perplexing solitude and helpless sound. Unbelievable affecting. And the thing is, this status remains calm, even if the song is one great crescendo.
And I’m once again attired in Belammy’s lyrics. He requests brokers to commit suicide, he talks about the end of planet earth and that we have to fuse Helium-3 or that our supremacy is definitely overdue.
After these Bellamy lyrics, two songs by Chris Wolstenholme are put. “Save Me” and “Liquid State” are the two first songs on which the bassist is singing lead vocals. These two songs treat the alcohol problem Wolstenholme had in the past. So he wrote “Save Me”, which is a pop-rock song and reminds me a bit of christmas, and hard-rock influenced “Liquid State”, a very dreary song with a dramatic bassline.
However, “The 2nd Law” closes with “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable” and “The 2nd Law: Isolated System”. Both songs embracem – what a surprise – the 2nd Law Of Thermodynamics.
Nice finish. Nice album, far from their best, but neither close to “The Resistance”.

I don’t want to rate “The 2nd Law”. But I’d give 8/10.

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