16 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the retro-futuristic cover art by Stranger Things poster designer Kyle Lambert to lyrical themes of oppression, the English band’s eighth album, Simulation Theory, plays like an ’80s sci-fi flick. The opening set of songs lays out a bleak setting: “Algorithm” and “The Dark Side” are cries for help set against caterwauling synth-rock. Yet rather than wallow in despair, the band uses stirring oratory and a spectacular wall-of-sound to rise against systematic, technological, and mental anguish. They rally the troops on “Thought Contagion,” “Dig Down,” and “Get Up and Fight,” while “Something Human” shows that even a platinum-selling megaband needs a reassuring hug sometimes. The one Simulation Theory song that will surely inspire debate is “Propaganda,” the trio’s collaboration with producer Timbaland. On it, lead singer Matt Bellamy locks into a sexy falsetto while Timbaland puts his foot (and a slide guitar) into the track. Will longtime Muse fans accept a Timberlake-like pure-pop turn from Bellamy? It’s a tipping point but one that was inevitable; after exploring darkness on Drones, The 2nd Law, and The Resistance, Simulation Theory shows the band embracing fresh styles. The Deluxe Version also includes acoustic, gospel, and “alternative reality” versions of five tracks.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

From the retro-futuristic cover art by Stranger Things poster designer Kyle Lambert to lyrical themes of oppression, the English band’s eighth album, Simulation Theory, plays like an ’80s sci-fi flick. The opening set of songs lays out a bleak setting: “Algorithm” and “The Dark Side” are cries for help set against caterwauling synth-rock. Yet rather than wallow in despair, the band uses stirring oratory and a spectacular wall-of-sound to rise against systematic, technological, and mental anguish. They rally the troops on “Thought Contagion,” “Dig Down,” and “Get Up and Fight,” while “Something Human” shows that even a platinum-selling megaband needs a reassuring hug sometimes. The one Simulation Theory song that will surely inspire debate is “Propaganda,” the trio’s collaboration with producer Timbaland. On it, lead singer Matt Bellamy locks into a sexy falsetto while Timbaland puts his foot (and a slide guitar) into the track. Will longtime Muse fans accept a Timberlake-like pure-pop turn from Bellamy? It’s a tipping point but one that was inevitable; after exploring darkness on Drones, The 2nd Law, and The Resistance, Simulation Theory shows the band embracing fresh styles. The Deluxe Version also includes acoustic, gospel, and “alternative reality” versions of five tracks.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
44 Ratings
44 Ratings
devonsage ,

Great theme as always

Brilliantly innovative and very original sounding songs with hooks that are infectious at times. The theme of this album explores the burgeoning scientific theories around our perceived reality as being an actual artificial intelligence simulation. The final track The Void speaks to what lays beyond, once our consciousness transcends this perceived 3D reality.

KILO1717 ,

80’s Intensifies

Not a dull song in sight on this album. Every song is awesome with their own thematic differences mostly keeping a consistent 80’s sound. It is a very interesting mix of retro synth-wave and old school muse with those bold and almost iconic chord progressions that their music is known for. Even the alternate and acoustic versions are just as good and carry very different vibes. Fantastic! Looking forward to seeing you guys back in Detroit next year!

MsAiryKitten ,

Incredible

The album start so finish was incredible. I absolutely loved the Drones album but this is nothing like their previous. The sound of this album is true to some of the previous work they’ve done but also nothing like it. The progression of each song draws you deeper and deeper into the music and then releases you! This album is something else🛸

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