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Muse: The 2nd Law

October 19, 2012

EPIC, Soothing, elegant, raw. These are just some of the adjectives that describe Muse’s new album, The 2nd Law.

The British alternative rock band released this album on October 1st, 2012.  When I first listened to some of the songs, I thought they were just filled with weird electronic beats and very odd instrument choices.

After jamming to the album all the way through, I came to the conclusion that Muse has perfected their sound in this album.

In past albums, such as Black Holes and Revelations, they have used many instrumental techniques that would not be thought of by other rock bands.

For example, they used electronic sounds and mixed them with classical instruments such as the piano or using a full choir and chamber orchestra.

Now I know there are other bands that have done this, but Muse adds an innovative rock sound to the classical instruments that makes them aurally unique.

Muse has always had a slightly electronic sound, but in The 2nd Law they have stepped up their electronic game without overdoing it.  The song “Unsustainable” is a perfect example of how Muse has progressed over the years.

Another song that is a crowd favorite on the album is “Madness.”  This song is very unique for Muse because it has a hip-hop type rhythm to it.  The song still has the build up of Matt Bellamy’s vocal diversity,  as most Muse songs do.

For me, when I think of futuristic or spacey songs, I think of Muse.

However, I believe that Muse has something for any alternative rock listener.  For those Muse lovers out there, this album will surely please your ears as it did mine.

Dillon Docherty
Contributing Writer

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