Today I have been listening to Muse’s sixth album, which is entitled The Second Law and is named after the second law of thermodynamics which concerns the waste of energy inside a closed system. Frontman Matt Bellamy announced the album would be a “Christian gangsta-rap jazz odyssey, with some ambient rebellious dubstep and face-melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia”, although i suspect he was being tongue in cheek.
The album is full of scything strings and portentous Orchestration and operatics, with a dubstep bass drop, which mesh with Muse’s existing style remarkably well, as well as a particularly funky vein that Muse began to explore in earnest with the standout cut from Black Holes and Revelations
Comparisons are regularly made between Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen, Rush U2 and Radiohead, there are also equal parts Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and Wings’ Live and Let Die on the opening track “Supremacy. While on the title track Bellamy equates the second law of thermodynamics with global enconomic collapse, and The understated single Madness suggests a new stripped-back approach. The track Animals, concludes with The sound taken from the close of business on Wall Street, and sounds like ‘a pack of hyenas’. Follow Me is a song about Bellamy’s baby son and features a sample of his son’s heartbeat. The concluding two-part title track is a boiling mass of fidgety strings, electronic voices and sub-bass wobble. I think The 2nd Law is hugely entertaining and my favourite tracks are Supremacy, Madness, Panic Station, Follow Me & Big Freeze.
3. Panic Station
6. Follow Me
9. Big Freeze
10. Save Me
11. Liquid State
12. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
13. The 2nd Law: Isolated System