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.