The 2nd Law
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 02:10
The 2nd Law, the sixth album from the fusion band Muse, totes a sound more like a soundtrack to a science fiction opera, carrying overtones of political outrage and uprising of society mixed with a Friday night dance club.
Muse gives the listener an array of sounds that the human brain cannot process in just one listen of The 2nd Law. The combination of dubstep, opera, show tunes, symphony, classical, space rock, and electronica has all the synapses firing like one gigantic lighting storm over the plains of Colorado.
Dear Mom and Dad, Muse has grown up and is ready to move out with the song “Madness”. Here the vocals of singer Matthew Bellamy are spotlighted, giving us a rich and calming sound that shows Muse doesn’t always need complex instruments.
However, the best track on The 2nd Law is “Follow Me.” The trio seem to put it all out there on this track. It combines the old rock and electronica of Muse with a new sound of dubstep, which is a perfect blend, like beer and chicken wings.
Heed this warning: listening to The 2nd Law once and making a judgment is something one should not do. The complexity in vocals and instrumentation alone deserve a third or fourth listen. This is Muse’s best album to date, so the bar is definitely set. Such a well-rounded album, The 2nd Law has been released and it may be the muse everyone needs to start doing something creative.