Muse "The 2nd Law" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:25:14
Every Muse album is like an event.
Their sixth studio effort, The 2nd Law, is no exception. In fact, the record has seismic force, atmospheric presence, and utterly epic implications. How many records in this day and age boast that with a straight face? The answer is very few. However, as stated, The 2nd Law stands out as an earth-moving event in its own right.
The journey begins on "Supremacy" with a staggering guitar crawl that's as heavy as anything on your favorite Tool album. Then, an orchestral swell wraps around the riff, fueling a march into the heart of darkness driven by Matthew Bellamy's hypnotic croon. Christopher Wolstenholme's bass bristles below as Dominic Howard's percussion feels equally thunderous. "The time has come to destroy," Bellamy bellows as the six-string assault commences again. It's a towering opener, to say the least.
"Madness" feels infectious in its distillation of modern electro sounds into a true alternative anthem, while "Panic Situation" struts along on pure space funk that could fuel the sexiest club on Mars—or Miami. "Follow Me" beckons darkness with a rapturous hum a la The Cure and The Smiths, but decidedly more futuristic. Wolstenhome takes center stage on lead vocals for the heavenly "Save Me", which could be a plea to a lover or humanity. Muse preserve their mystique by never quite letting on, and that's something else to love about them.
Speaking of heavy, the guitar pummeling on "Liquid State" propels the charge deeper down the rabbit hole than ever before just before the final collision of sounds—organic and electronic—"The 2nd Law: Unsustainable" and "The 2nd Law: Isolated System". It's like blasting out of the airlock at the end of Alien and landing on another planet. In other words, it's a fucking awesome feeling to close on.
Muse have never played by the rules. Instead, they write their own laws, which happen to be the best in rock right now. Welcome to this year's most rewarding headtrip and Muse's best album to date.
Have you heard The 2nd Law?