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Muse faced a creative challenge when following up its immensely successful last studio release, 2009's The Resistance. The trio from southwestern England responded with a concept album, The 2nd Law, that keeps building on its big sound and diverse styles. Referring to the second law of thermodynamics, the 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. Performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, “Survival” presents a more inspiring (and pop-friendly) narrative.

Customer Reviews

My favorite album yet.

It reminds me so much of an awesome broadway musical. Nothing sounds the same on this cd but it all flows well nicely together. I've yet to dislike any song on this album though madness is my least favorite by far. It's different from most things they have done but in a good way. Give this album a try!

This Makes Me Sad...

I'm not going to lie. It's not a horrible album. There were times when I enjoyed listening to it, but for Muse is release is much weaker than anything they've put out before. I am a huge fan of all their music. I've been a fan for years and I still love listening to ALL their songs, albums and B-sides. I loved it all.
This album uses a symphony, dubstep, and various other bells and whistles that are dressed to blow you away, but it all comes off to be a bit ridiculous. And the truth is, that when you take all that away the album is actually quite boring. The songs are boring, poorly structured and have very little depth. Songs like Maddness, and Follow Me are quite good, but feel more like remixes that actual song releases. Muse seems to have lost their identity. You can hear the heavy infuences of other artists to the point where it's annoying. You can here the influence of Queen in "Survival," David Bowie in"Panic Station," Radiohead in "Animals" and U2 in "Big Freeze." They've been constantly ridiculed for copying bands like Radiohead, and Queen. I NEVER thought that was the case until listening to the "2nd Law." Having the basist, Chris sing two tracks on the album was a nice change, but actually didn't do much to improve the album. The "2nd Law" tracks 12 and 13 set you up to think the album will end with another glorious symphony like the Resistance. This is very highly disapointing. They are not even structured to be considered songs. There's a robot voice and some distance piano and violin. This reminds be of when Muse ended "Black Holes and Revelations" with the epic "Knights of Cydonia." Listening to Muses old music, it is sad to see how much better it really was then. Muse peaked around the "Origin of Symetry"/"Absoulution"/"Black Holes" eras. The Resistance was NOT a disapointment either, and it makes me sad to them falling flat after album after album of good music for over a decade. The only word I can really use to describe this album is LAZY. I'm not fooled into thinking this is a good album with a solid effort. Songs like "Explorers" and "Supremacy" are an excption on the album, and prove that Muse still has it in them to create better future releases.

Simply Obsessed

I'm not sure what I would have done if Muse had never come up with another stupendous album, like they always do. I could listen to this velvety dream of an album all day long. I highly recommend anyone buying this lovely music!