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This ambitious recording tells the story of a resource-strapped planet that can no longer support its inhabitants. “The Second Law: Unsustainable” starts with a dramatic orchestral and choral opening arranged and conducted by David Campbell (Metallica, Sheryl Crow) before transforming into a dramatic techno-rock showcase.

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I really wanted to like this album, I really did, but in the end, I simply didn't enjoy it as much as I would've hoped to. Unlike 2009's "The Resistance", "The 2nd Law" lacks the consistency and stability needed to hold itself together. None of the tracks ever seem to fully gel with one another, and the experimental genres found in songs like "Madness" and "Unsustainable" feel awkwardly placed. "Unsustainable", in particular, features a grinding, uninspired dubstep beat eerily reminiscent to Skrillex. "Survival" is another frustrating single, not just because it's yet another incessantly over-the-top rock ballad with screeching guitar chords and a thunderous choir, but because it's too poorly structured and overly dramatic than it needs to be. How it was chosen as the official song of the 2012 Olympic Games is beyond my grasp. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm certainly not trying to say that every track on here is a disappointment. For instance, "Supremacy" does a fantastic job showcasing Matt Bellamy's powerful vocals, while the epic, rollicking chorus of "Follow Me" is a surprisingly refreshing throwback to the group's early material. But even with a few memorable songs under its hood, "The 2nd Law" still doesn't hold up as a fully realized Muse album. I understand that it's an experimental record, and I respect it in that sense, but the majority of these songs are just so ludicrously overinflated to the point of exhaustion. It's an okay album in small doses, but when listened to as a whole, it's the equivalent of being blasted in the ears by a barrage of fireworks going off at the same time. At the end of the day, I can't help but feel disappointed by "The 2nd Law". Then again, I guess my expectations were raised a bit too high. Hopefully, Muse's next release will be better.

Don't look at the lengthy reviews

It's simple MUSE fandom:

If you liked "The Resistance" and thought it was amazing you'll dig this piece of crap.

If you hated "The Resistance" and was hoping for something similar to their first four albums (not including Hullabolou), "Origins of Symmetry", "Showbiz", "Absolution", or "Black Holes and Revelations"...don't waste your time.

I shake my head at what a disappointment MUSE has become. They lost their edge and their musical bite. This is just garbage.

Originality and Adaptions make a Phenom Album!

Wow! Muse had a challenge in completing another album that included their original sounds, new sounds, and modern sounds. I believe that they accomplished all of this and more. From the jamming bass solo of supremacy to the calm harmonic vocals of madness, The 2nd Law covers it all!! Once again the vocals fail to disappoint and match the wonderful artistic talent placed into this album. I totally recommend this album!

The 2nd Law (Deluxe Version), Muse
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Oct 01, 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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