I have been digesting for the past week The 2nd Law and I finally feel that I can chime on on my option of what Muse have done here. But what I really am having a hard time with is the general hatred/douchebaggery from all hipster publications that think Muse should just die already because they made something popular. Fuck off. It has nothing to do with the songs or the album in general. Example: If Hipster-approved Bon Iver decided to make a dubstep album, he would be hailed by the Pitchfork’s of the world as “genre-shaping” and “expanding his sound”. When Muse does it, you might as well just piss on the album because it belongs in the toilet bowl along with the rest of their catalog. I just don’t get it. You know what Muse is going in: A gigantic band that lives and dies on huge choruses and poppy hooks. So why all the hatred now? This is not new stuff.
From the first notes of “Supremacy”, you know this album is going to be huge. No big surprise there. In fact, there are no big surprises here at all, with the exception of the EDM-ness of “Madness” and The Inxs fuled/Thriller rip off “Panic Station”. At the end of the day, Muse are a prog-rock band first and foremost, and do not apologize for it. Why people are trashing this record is beyond me, as Muse have been doing this for almost 15 years now. If they are so bad now, why didn’t you say that they sucked years ago?
Let me be clear: This is not Muse’s best record. That honor goes to Origin of Symmetry. However, it is on par with The Resistance and Black Holes and Revelations. They are just doing what they do: Being a gigantic band that plays gigantic songs. It is a prerequisite to see Muse live before you make any ridiculous statements that they suck. Hear that Pitchfork?
Essential Tracks: “Panic Station”, “Animals”, “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable”