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A Muse-ical masterpiece
The 2nd Law - Muse
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The 2nd Law - Muse
Advantages: Great tracks, Matt Bellamy's voice
Disadvantages: Cardboard case
I have been a Muse fan for as long as I can remember and own every album they have ever released, so it went without saying that I would be investing in their latest album, The 2nd Law. It was released at the beginning of October 2012 after being delayed by around a month so I was incredibly eager to get my hands on it by the time it finally came out!
I own the Deluxe Edition, so that it what I will be reviewing. The package itself comes in a cardboard case (a little disappointing as I love proper CD cases and felt it was a bit cheap), but it includes the 13 track CD album as well as a bonus DVD. The name "The 2nd Law" references the second law of thermodynamics, which is quoted in one of the tracks (Unsustainable) and the fascinating artwork on the album cover was apparently taken from the Human Connectome Project and represents the map of the human brain's pathways, "tracking the circuits in our heads and how we process information with bright, neon colors." I absolutely love the artwork with this album and couldn't wait to get it in my CD player.
1. Supremacy - I absolutely love this track, it is such a brilliant opener to the new album. Personally, I think it sounds a bit like it should be in a James Bond film! It features a dramatic into and then goes into beautiful lyrics from Matt Bellamy. This is up there as one of my favourite album tracks.
2. Madness - This was the second single to be released from The 2nd Law and is quiet quiet and haunting in contrast to track one on the album. It features a really interesting instrument that looks like a cross between a guitar and a light box (watch the video to see what I mean). This song is really catchy and I find it incredibly easy to listen to.
3. Panic Station - The first time I listened to the album, this was the track that jumped out at me. I thought it sounded a bit 80s, but again, found it very catchy and now find myself singing along!
4. Prelude - Classic Muse! This track is just under a minute long and is a classical piece. It may sound a bit odd to have this in the middle of an album, but actually, I find that it fits very well and does a great job of breaking up the songs and providing a bit of calm!
5. Survival - This is probably the best known track as it was released earlier in the year as the official track for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Following the previous classical track it bursts in with a dramatic beginning and is a wonderful song that now provides me with fantastic memories of the Olympics. This is one of the most commercial songs on the album.
6. Follow Me - This song is going be the third single from the album and will be released in December 2012. It starts with haunting backing music and Matt's beautiful voice and then goes into a dubstep track, which is pretty different for Muse. I wasn't sure how I would feel about them changing genre, but actually I have come to really love this song and think that it is a stunning song.
7. Animals - It's taken me a few listens to really get into this song, and I do like it, it's just not one of my personal favourites.
8. Explorers - This track is very gentle, but involving. It's all about the lyrics and focusses on not belonging in your own world, an incredibly engaging song. I can be doing something, get to the end of this song and realise that I've just been sitting there listening to the words.
9. Big Freeze - This song reminds me of U2. It adds a bit of a funk element, but doesn't lose it's inert Muse-ness! Another catchy track, once it goes up tempo you will find yourself dancing along to it!
10. Save Me - This track was written and performed by Chris Wolstenholme, he wrote it about his alcoholism. It starts slow and builds up gradually, it's another track that isn't one of my favourites.
11. Liquid State - This is the second track that was written and performed by Chris Wolstenholme about his alcoholism. It is quite heavy compared to the rest of the album and I find that it really reminds me of Foo Fighters.
12. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable - This track, for me, marks a different section to the album and consists of a unique mix of classical music, progressive rock and dubstep. It starts with classical music and a news person reporting on the end of the world. I didn't really like it the first time I heard it, but I have come to really quite like it!
13. The 2nd Law: Isolated System - This track features no vocals atall, mainly a haunting piano that reminds me of the music in the Exorcist. It also features the sound of news reports in the background and I find that this song really gets me thinking about things.
1. The Making Of The 2nd Law - A great insight into the band and how they work together.
2. Bonus Feature - This features a live performance.
Overall, I would say that this album is a little different to their previous ones, but not in a bad way. They are obviously up for trying new things with the many dubstep influences on The 2nd Law and, personally, I think that they all pay off. I think it is a wonderful album, which I have listened to over and over. The beauty of a Muse CD is that I always seem to notice different things the more I listen to it, so I never get bored.
I recently saw them touring in London and they performed a number of tracks from this album, all of which were incredible. I can easily say that Matt Bellamy has the best voice of anyone that I have ever seen live - AMAZING! Some of the performances have given new meaning to the album tracks as well, and I just can't stop listening to it.
The album is for sale on Amazon, priced at £12 for the deluxe version, and the normal album can be picked up for around £10. It should also be available at all good record shops/websites. A must for any Muse fan, this gets 5 stars all the way!
Summary: You need this in your life!