Rating: 7.3 out of 10
By Philip Moreno
Muse has taken the lessons of their spirtual godfathers in Queen and crafted what they believe is a grand statement about the future of mankind. Yet, something seems missing. The grand opus that is a trademark of their albums is in the album’s closing two part epic “The 2nd law”; the groove of early tracks like “Time is Running out” is represented with tracks like the catchy “Madness;” and the bombasity that is a staple of their amazing live shows is in the lead single “Survival.”
Whats missing is the next step that I was expecting Matt Bellamy and the boys to make. When the teaser trailer was released in July (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqFZGnfMLMw) I started getting excited . The Dubstep influence heavy at the end of the clip the imagination of this long time fan ran wild. Would they make a jump forward like Radiohead did between OK Computer and Kid A? Would EDM kids fall in love with a new form of Dubstep, Mustep? And the most pressing question would the hardcore fan base be upset with the new sound?
The simple answer to all three questions is no. The true Muse fans will love this album, the dubstep is kept to a minimum, found in the first part of the album closer and name sake “The 2nd Law- Unsustainable”and the apex of the album“Follow Me”. And sadly the album feels more like a lateral move then the step forward I was hoping for.
However, not all is lost in the world of Muse. Fans of the band not looking for an artistic leaps will not be disappointed. The album is as good as their last efforts. The album flows from track to track with nothing feeling out of place. The lads from England delivered a good, catchy album that will keep the old fans happy without scaring them away with too much change. Maybe next time, they can push us a little bit more…