Monday 28th September saw the explosive release of greatly anticipated The 2nd Law, by English super-band, Muse. With a wealth of musical masterpieces under their belt, it was a wonder whether the tantalising trio would be able to match and even exceed albums that include Origin of Symmetry, The Resistance and even Black Holes & Revolutions . In typical Muse style, of course they smashed their preceding albums with one of diverse songs that only musical geniuses like themselves could master.
Follow me, co-produced by dub step superpower duo Nero provided the album with an even more alternative element than previously explored in albums prior to The 2nd Law. Always keen to shape and explore the musical genres, Muse show that once again they are completely competent in taking a genre, be it alternative, dub step, rock and make it their own in their unique and memorable fashion. While the lyrics may seem a little repetitive, due to the nature of the genre of the song, Bellamy sings about and addresses the birth of his new born son, adding a human and touching element to the song that other songs may not feature.
Prior to its release, Muse stated that their influences included the likes of Queen, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder and even electronic dominator, Skrillex. By paying tribute to these equally diverse but musical legends, in the typical Muse manner there is a unique twist placed on their songs and influences. This can be seen in Animals, drawing inspiration from Pink Floyd, the memorably intricate and catchy guitar interludes do Pink Floyd complete justice, alongside cementing Muse’s musical skills even further.
Save Me mixes melodies that explore major and minor keys in a chorus that soothe the ears of all of its listeners. Whereas the Prelude exudes the band’s sensational skill as classically brilliant musicians and composers, they still manage to break the mould once again while setting themselves solidly as one of the best bands of the 21st Century. Supremacy has elements of a soundtrack to it, and I have to say I will be disappointed if it does not feature on a film sometime soon, after all, smash hit Super Massive Black Hole featured famously in the first Twilight movie, so if it is good enough for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart then what is to say Supremacy or even the opening Prelude can’t make it onto the big screen.
Panic Station provides the album with an edgy bass line that forces its listeners to tap (or air guitar) along. The bass opens a vivid and edgy song that causes heart beats to rise in conjunction with the rising, progressive bass line. Panic Station provides a different element to the album once again, acting as a perfect example of Muse’s ability to master a genre and make it their own, and still accessible.
Bassist Christopher Walstenholme takes the lead in Liquid State as its writer, a piece with fast paced yet interesting bass undertones that complement the lyrics sung perfectly. With key changes and chord progressions galore, listeners can expect to be left wanting more. Of course I have not touched upon all of the songs on the album, only a couple of my favourites. Whether you are a devoted Muse fan, or need a little more convincing, I have to say that this album is one to listen to regardless. All in all, not a bad summer for Muse in any shape or form. With their portfolio spanning to Survival, their masterpiece that featured as the Summer 2012 London Olympic anthem, as well as a strong album in The 2nd Law to say the least, Muse affirm their place as one of England’s best bands to date.