12 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ditching the dubstep and EDM influences of 2012’s The 2nd Law in favor of old-fashioned rock ballistics, Muse’s seventh album is a wide-angle, bold-faced attack on the dehumanizing effects of modern war. Produced by Mutt Lange (famous in part for the tank-like sound of AC/DC and Def Leppard in their prime), Drones mashes together the high drama of late-'90s Radiohead (“Psycho”) with the pyrotechnics of Van Halen (“Reapers”) and the grand sweep of both U2 and Pink Floyd—bands who have always chosen to go big or go home.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ditching the dubstep and EDM influences of 2012’s The 2nd Law in favor of old-fashioned rock ballistics, Muse’s seventh album is a wide-angle, bold-faced attack on the dehumanizing effects of modern war. Produced by Mutt Lange (famous in part for the tank-like sound of AC/DC and Def Leppard in their prime), Drones mashes together the high drama of late-'90s Radiohead (“Psycho”) with the pyrotechnics of Van Halen (“Reapers”) and the grand sweep of both U2 and Pink Floyd—bands who have always chosen to go big or go home.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
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1.5K Ratings
TheDuke08009 ,

Love it!!!

Huge fan of muse! I'm happy their old jam from back in the day has evolved into a song! For all of you people complaining about the language....... Grow a pair. This song is from the perspective of a drill instructor, who everyone knows every other word that comes out their mouth is profane. Also if anyone of you saw "Full Metal Jacket" you would understand the vibe and mentality the video and song shows towards the military. The song even takes a few things from the movie. "Show me your war face!!!" Can't wait for the rest of the album.

Weebenheimer ,

DON'T BELIEVE BAD REVIEWS

I simply created this review to battle negative reviews and give this album a voice against what has been said against it.

(1) Anyone saying that this hard-rock-heavy album isn't real Muse CLEARLY never listened to their older albums. Plug In Baby, Stockholm Syndrome, and Map Of The Problematique ringing any bells?
(2) Muse has a drill sergeant that drops the F bomb. OH NO MUSE IS CORRUPT. But seriously, it's not even Matt cussing. Obviously this song is AGAINST that type of behavior. And it's not like every song has profanity so just chill out, no reason to leave a 1 star review on the ENTIRE ALBUM because you're insecure. Besides, they add curse words every time they perform live, it's not like it's new this time.
(3) Muse is very well known, as they should be, for their amazing ability to have such a diverse execution of music style across their discography. Bottom line is if you've been listening to Muse, you knew they were going to try and reach new heights with this album and expand upon their style. The fact that I see fans complaining AT ALL is baffling to me. You received new Muse at your fingertips. What more could you want???
(4) The idea that Matt has gotten lazier with his lyrics is a claim that has zero evidence backing it. This man is an artist who weaves the best play on words to convey what he truly means. In their song The Handler, "Behold my trance formation" is heard "behold my transformation"...That is just pure beauty.

Bottom line, if you love Muse, you will love this album. If you're a whiny sack of annoying, you'll probably dislike it.

rexner ,

Welcome Back Muse!

Psycho is pretty good. Sounds like muse is going back to the good music they used to make! However, I don't like the cursing. The one thing I liked about Muse was the fact they didn't use a lot of foul language.

About Muse

Muse's fusion of progressive rock, electronica, and Radiohead-influenced experimentation have helped them sell millions of records and top charts worldwide. It's all crafted by guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and drummer Dominic Howard, a trio of friends who began playing music together in their hometown of Teignmouth, Devon; they started the first incarnation of the band at the age of 13, changing the name of the group from Gothic Plague to Fixed Penalty to Rocket Baby Dolls as time passed. By 1997, the bandmates settled on the name Muse and released their self-titled debut EP on Dangerous Records, followed by the Muscle Museum EP in 1998. The group's emotive, passionate sound and live presence drew critical acclaim and industry buzz, and Muse signed a deal with Maverick Records after a trip to New York's CMJ Festival. The singles "Cave" and "Uno" preceded their debut full-length album, Showbiz, which was released toward the end of 1999. Two years later, Muse issued Origin of Symmetry and had a major hit with "Hyper Music," which helped propel the album to platinum status in the U.K.

In 2002, fans were treated to Hullabaloo Soundtrack, a combination rarities/live set that peaked at number ten in Europe. Muse then returned with a proper studio effort, Absolution, which became the band's first album to chart in America. A short North American tour in the spring of 2004 coincided with Muse's spot on the fifth annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival, and Absolution eventually went gold in the U.S. Back at home, the album earned Muse their second platinum certification.

Released in 2006, Black Holes & Revelations marked the band's brightest, most dynamic set of material to date, topping the U.K. album chart within its first week and earning Muse their second consecutive number one album at home. In America, the album broke into the Top Ten. Muse toured Europe, America, Australia, and Southeast Asia in support of Black Holes & Revelations, and their dynamic stage performance won the band multiple awards for Best Live Act, including accolades from the NME Awards, the Q Awards, and the Vodafone Live Music Awards. (It was also captured on 2008's H.A.A.R.P. Live from Wembley.) The trio spent the remainder of 2008, as well as the early part of 2009, in the recording studio, eventually emerging with The Resistance in September. Reviews were very positive, and the album hit number one in more than a dozen countries. The band soon kicked off a world tour, headlining shows as well as supporting U2. In 2011, Bellamy and company were asked to write the official theme for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which were being held in London, and the band returned with the triumphant rock anthem "Survival." The song also became the lead single of their next album, 2012's The 2nd Law.

The road-hungry band undertook another large-scale tour to promote The 2nd Law, and their spectacular show at Rome's Olympic Stadium -- complete with pyrotechnics, video walls, and acrobats -- was filmed in ultra-high definition for the concert movie Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, which was slated for release theatrically in December 2013. In early March 2015, Muse dropped "Dead Inside," the first single from their seventh studio long-player Drones. Released in June of that year, the conceptual album was their fifth consecutive U.K. number one album and their first release to top the U.S. charts, netting them a Grammy award for Best Rock Album in February 2016. In early 2017, Muse announced a major North American tour and posted footage of the band in the studio working on their eighth LP. A new single, "Dig Down," was released in May in advance of the forthcoming album. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Teignmouth, Devon, England
FORMED
1997

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