Review: The 2nd Law by Muse

The 2nd Law by MuseFirst, to those fears that Muse has embraced dubstep fully: yes, they have, but no, they haven’t. The dubstep influences are all over The 2nd Law, their sixth release – but save for “Follow Me” (coproduced by Nero) and the last two instrumentals, you only hear a hint of the wobble, with most tracks taking in a more electronic vibe – occasionally still as bombastic as Queen, but more often than not feeling a bit like James Blake. (They call him post-dubstep, right?) Muse is intent on making a change on this album, but this results in a bit of a messy offering: I’m disappointed we aren’t getting some sort of concept album like their last release The Resistance. Still, tracks like “Madness” (which is so kinky, I now realize) and “Save Me”, written and sung by bassist Chris Wolstenholme, show that Muse can still get it together. It’s a noble effort, but maybe they can make a more coherent seventh offering. | 3/5

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