04/10/2012

New Album: Muse – The 2nd Law

Muse - 2nd Law
The 2nd Law: Muse

Freddie Matthews writes from London: It’s just two whole days short of 13 years since British progressive rock band Muse released their debut album Showbiz back in 1999. At that time the music industry and the band Muse had a totally different feel and sound and many critics said they initially sounded far too similar to the then riding high in their careers Radiohead. The late 90s was a time when Radiohead were about to embark on their experimental phase: a little like Muse are now but we’ll get to that later.


Muse entered the British album charts with their debut album Showbiz on 4 October 1999 at number 29, while Radiohead had just shifted almost 5 million copies of their top 10 in 9 countries third album OK Computer. In 2001, after the release of Muse’s second album Origin of Symmetry the band had a coming together with Celine Dion because the name of their band conflicted with the name she wished to call her Las Vegas show. The 2nd Law is the 6th studio album from the Teignmouth in Devon, England, band Muse. It’s been less than three years in the making and is the follow up to the hugely successful The Resistance album, their most successful album to date.
Radiohead
Radiohead (Photo credit: PaKKiTo)

Muse have openly said that they have drawn a line under their former selves. That band sound has changed. I’m sure they think for the better but I couldn’t disagree more. What they have done to us hardcore fans is exactly what Radiohead did but only from their fourth album. 




Cover of "Origin of Symmetry"
Origin of Symmetry - Muse
At least you could say that Muse waited until the sixth album to take an abrupt and uncharacteristic change in musical direction. You could say the The 2ndLaw is a kind of second coming or second incarnation of Muse but by totally alienating their fanbase of the last 13 years I really have to wonder what their expectations are.

Cover of "The Resistance (CD/DVD)"
Muse - The Resistance




These are some of the extracts by author Freddie Mathews over on Stirring Trouble Internationally - A humorous take on news and current affairs originally published on October 4th about 11 o'clock today. http://www.stirringtroubleinternationally.com/2012/10/04/new-album-muse-the-2nd-law/





Muse: The 2nd Law (Review) (popmatters.com) 
Muse - The 2nd Law (thenewreview.net)
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Muse - The 2nd Law: exclusive album stream (guardian.co.uk)
MUSIC REVUE: Muse - The 2nd Law (therogersrevue.wordpress.com)
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