Muse-The 2nd Law
September 24, 2012 at 8:22 am #10579
(Least) Favorite tracks? Thoughts and opinions.
Going to check out Muse on the tour in support of ‘The 2nd Law?’ Share it all here!September 24, 2012 at 10:21 am #10580
Caleb JordanParticipant@retroprodigyLevel 1
After one listen, I’d rank them:
1Follow Me, 2Supremacy, 3Prelude/Survival, 4Unsustainable, 5Madness, 6Panic Station, 7Animals, 8Explorers, 9 Big Freeze 10Liquid State, 11Save Me, 12Isolated System.
I don’t understand why Isolated System was added to the album. But whatever. I’m not fucking awesome like Bellamy so maybe that’s why I don’t understand.September 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm #10611
I had a feeling I wouldn’t like this album much when I first started listening to it, but….
SO mediocre. Nearly every song feels like it is just a half-assed copy of someone else’s work. One second it could be terrible sounding dubstep (there is good dubstep out there, but no, not if it sounds like Skrillex), then suddenly it sounds like Rage Against The Machine. This album lacks consistency so bad it isn’t even funny. I’ve never been a fan of Muse but this album just fortifies that decision.September 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm #10613September 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm #10614
^ Quite the accurate review, kudos to Matt.September 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm #10671
1st listen (no headphones): “Supremacy” had an interesting guitar intro. The rest of the song didn’t live up though, just kind of fell flat in my opinion. “Madness” has an interesting beat to it. Dom’s drumming just sounds so lazy, it seems like most of what he does now are fills or just hitting a drum pad. Matt’s original vocals were neat but when the harmony comes in it’s just too much. “Panic Station” made me laugh. “Prelude” makes sense, it’s an interlude but maybe it should have opened the album, or been towards the end like the last tracks of ‘The Resistance.’ While “Madness” was interesting to hear, the first four tracks at this point are forgettable. “Survival” had some “madness” moments but it’s pretty eh. Thus far tracks haven’t stuck with me like past albums. Even “the Resistance” which I listened to twelve or so times had songs that stuck with me. Black Holes had a lot off the first listen. “Follow Me,” kinda excited for this and Bellamy singing was fine. When he starts crooning though and with the additional instrumentation it was too much. sometimes less is most definitely more in my opinion, that’s why ‘Absolution’ was so good. The track ordering and then the crescendos and diminuendos. Dynamics are what make a record go from good to great in my personal opinion. Thus far on the album “Follow Me”, “Survival”, and “Animals” would probably be the best to see live. All apart from the mini dance party at the end of “survival.” Digging some of the guitar on “Animals” though, Muse for me works best with leads like, Stockholm or Plug In then the whole band “moving forward” if you will. Matt writes some great riffs, why hide that between so many different sounds. not talking about effects here, vocals, keys, electronics, etc. Sometimes you have you strain your ear to hear it which makes a lot of the album tiring. I almost feel exhausted listening and i’m only on “Explorers.” “Big Freeze” is chill. Guitars remind me of past things, and I hear some album themes in Matt’s guitar. Drums are nice, bass, I would play this regularly. Probably the track thus far I’d most like to see live. *Took a break to listen to Kimya Dawson before “Save Me” and “Liquid State” then the last two tracks. Eager to hear Chris singing main vocals.
“Save Me” was interesting. Doesn’t really sound like Muse but I think that it’s a nice addition. Chris singing more on Black Holes and more prominently on ‘The Resistance’ was a good thing. If my eyes were closed and you played this I would never guess this was Muse. Very cool. “Liquid State” sounds dirty! Toe tapper for sure and I like this a lot more than “Save Me.” “Unsustainable” I’m into because the strings are cool, reminds me of some score but maybe they’ll use this as an opener with wild visuals. Samples are cool and I’m sure visually this would melt your brain. Not into the vocoder sounding vocals but musically this is more what I figured the album would all be about. Not that original single for “Madness.” To this point I think the two songs with Chris on them stand out the most which is weird because they don’t really sound like Muse at all. “Unsustainable” i’d listen to again just because I love samples and the first half before Megatron started speaking sounded cool. “Isolated System” has a nice intro thus far. End of the album and it was cool. Only one “dubstep” track which would have been “Unsustainable” when everyone was expecting it throughout. Bellamy himself said that the last two tracks were Sonny Moore influenced. Held off reading any other reviews but I guess on first listen it wasn’t awful. For an album that long though and with Muse having the reputation they have I would have expected more. So many forgettable tracks, some may grow on me but apart from Chris’s tracks, the last two, and another towards the top I have to give this a 5/10. A solid five but really nothing much more.September 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm #10698
@audiobinge I like what you said about how important track ordering is in terms of crescendos and diminuendos and the general flow of the album. Most of my favourite Muse songs are on OoS, but Absolution is probably my favourite album to listen to as a whole for that reason.September 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm #10703
‘Absolution’ is great from start to finish for that. Origin musically is probably my favorite though, I play a little bass myself so I feel on tracks, especially the opener it’s focused on Chris more. With the new albums it’s more vocals and guitar. Matt’s always had a distinctive voice. Much like that of Johnny Whitney of The Blood Brothers but I just feel like it’s too guitar-centric for lack of a better phrase.
Got a hold of a 320 so I listened that with headphones. Last 1/4 of the album got a lot better and those samples towards the end sound really cool. But your feature still stands, music is about interpretation and opinion. A band could theoretically create the best music ever. If people hate it at the time though it doesn’t sell. That’s obvious, keep up having your own opinion ha ha.
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