I used to be a die-hard Muse fan.
They never used to try to be unique, it just happened. Now they overtly sound like they’re trying to be Queen. I’ll give Matthew Bellamy credit for arguably being the most versatile vocalist since Freddy Mercury. But if I want to listen to Queen, I’ll happily go put on the soundtrack to Flash. I want to listen to Muse for Muse’s sound.
They still have some catchy beats and lingering rhythms. Some still wonder, “To dance, or to headbang; that, is the Muse question.” They’re just not the three-man band they used to be. This album leans extremely heavily on orchestral backing. They’ve hit that stage where they really want to, as so many bands do, “experiment with different sounds and technologies,” and decided that mashing them all together at once is the best way.
And Jeebus, the lyrics have gotten so moralizing and self-righteous at times in the last two albums. There is plenty of anti-political innuendos preaching about the human race’s energy consumption. Funny, coming from a band whose live shows use enough energy to power a small city.
I’m dying hard now.