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
272 Ratings
272 Ratings
attaker839 ,

You can do a good job 👍🏻

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Skywytie ,

YESSIR!!?

This album rocks my world out!!! I love the way that this album is different because Muse is always looking out for new styles in the best way possible!! I’ve been listening to them my whole life and at age 15 right now, I can tell you that I will never frown upon them not because they don’t sound like they were in the 2000’s, but because of experimental changes, new styles, new pulses and rhythms! I LOVE MUSE.

For those slightly confused about the styles, the styles added in the Second Law was more EDM influenced, and this one is more purely electronic based than actual EDM. It’s pretty cool when you think about it.

BTW: I LOVE THE ACOUSTIC VERSIONS OF THE SONGS THIS TIME AROUND! YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY LISTEN TO THOSE TOO!!

helpmedie ,

Ridiculously excellent

These dudes are heaven sent. Try listening without a critical ear and experience truly a masterpiece of music. First round I was comparing this album to all their others and that will jade your first impressions. Listen with your eyes closed and let it melt in in your soul, it will find you. Like I said directly sent from above, it enriches your appreciation for music and how it comforts your soul is truly magical or should I say a miracle from above. Love it guys, hope you keep making music that continues to inspire me.

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