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Muse: The 2nd Law

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Emilym80, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Emilym80


    Sep 15, 2011
    What do you guys think? Sorry if there's a thread on this already.
  2. I like it a lot. Every new muse album has always impressed me and this one is no exception. I love how they've continued to experiment with new styles and sounds as they seem to do on every new release.
  3. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    I'm sorry to say this is the first Muse album I haven't liked. There is maybe one song on there that I like out of 13. Terribly disappointed. I've loved all of Muse's albums up to this point, especially Absolution and The Resistance. I wouldn't recommend The 2nd Law to anyone.
  4. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    i saw them on SNL,..

    cool bass with the touch screen!!!:)
  5. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Much better than The Resistance but it's no Origin of Simmetry or Absolution.
    Very coherent album, there is a strong link between the songs and unity in the concept.
    Not overly loud or compressed, there are hints of dynamics in the album which is something that tends to disappear from rock albums.
    It's a sign of creativity when a lot of people debate wether you're good or not.

    As a science geek, I feel brushed the wrong way about the lyrics and concept of 2nd Law.
    Neither the Earth nor human societies are closed system, using the 2nd law to demonstrate that our system is doomed is plain wrong and moot.
  6. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    Much better than The Resistance? I'm not hearing that. I almost like The Resistance as much as Absolution. Of course, I've only listened to the 2nd Law once. I'm hoping it will grow on me, but my initial reaction has been one of extreme disappointment. I've paid $20 for an album I don't much seem to like. So, if someone can help me appreciate it more, that would be fine with me.
  7. zarah825


    Sep 21, 2012
    I've loved them since early high school and they'll always have a special place in my heart, but I'm ambivalent about some of the songs I've heard so far :\ I will say though I think I'm in the extreme minority that loved the Resistance..
  8. Earache


    Feb 3, 2012
  9. IntrepidCellist


    Sep 10, 2009
    Better than The Resistance. Love love love Panic Station, Supremacy, and many of the others.

    Not as good as Absolution, but they're past that point musically.
  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Most people look for things they know in rock albums, ie hits.
    You can't get that in a brand new album.
    What I look for is the opposite. Surprise, coherence, unity in a concept and tone rather than a single hit list.
    The Resistance was a cliche album, pretty exactly what you could expect from Muse at the point, with most of the songs being rehashed hits from older bands.
  11. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    I do respect your opinion. Also, I might add that I have now listened to The 2nd Law three times. I am not even sure if I can bring myself to listen to it again. I have been an enthusiastic Muse fan since I bought the Absolution album in December 2004. I have loved every album they've done since then with the exception of the 2nd Law. However, I now dislike this album so much that I am almost speechless. I am so disappointed with this album and listening to it has had such a negative effect on me, that I can only hope and pray that I do not end up becoming catatonic.
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    What is it that you dislike, when it sounds so much like any other Muse album?
  13. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    To me it sounds like they are just going through the motions, like they put no real effort into the album. It has no passion, no excitement, no interesting melodies, with the exception of "Explorers," the only song on the album that I like. A very bland album, in my opinion. In a word, it just isn't interesting. Maybe I'll like it better when I get to listen to it on my CD player which has way better speakers. Unlike a lot of people, I still use a CD player, which is pretty good, though. However, the Muse CD which I ordered is taking FOREVER to reach me in the mail. Usually, I can just go buy a CD, but I was unable to find this one in a store.
  14. MRDOOM


    Jul 16, 2009
    I like it, but it's definitely not their best work (or even close to it). I really didn't like the singles at all, especially the one they made for the Olympics. But some the songs like Supremacy, Panic Station, and Follow Me are quite good.
  15. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Imagine that first song without the stupid key part in the intro. Then minus the meatloaf 007 Bjork verse and screaming into the chorus there that's better .

    hurts my ears.
  16. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Someone's been listening to disco & Queen& they name starts with mus ends with e.
  17. So, if I'm reading correctly, you're saying it's just really not your thing?

    : D
  18. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    I've only listened to the whole thing once, and am beginning my second listen. It definitely sounds a LOT like more recent Muse offerings, but I'm not totally convinced that's a bad thing. This is probably my least favourite album of theirs so far (definitely have an intense dislike for the title track suite so far!), but i don't think it's brutal. I've heard Madness a bunch, and while I really did hate it at first, it's been stuck in my head for several hours now... like a fungus or mould, it's starting to grow on me :meh: Matt Bellamy's note selection and phrasing in his guitar solos has always impressed me
  19. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Woooo another album about some kind of pseudo revolution! I think I may have liked Absolution a little bit.
  20. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    That's right. But what gave it away?