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 theyâ€™re trying to be Queen. Iâ€™ll give Matthew Bellamy credit for arguably being the most versatile vocalist since Freddy Mercury. But if I want to listen to Queen, Iâ€™ll happily go put on the soundtrack to Flash. I want to listen to Muse for Museâ€™s sound.
They still have some catchy beats and lingeringÂ rhythms. Some still wonder, â€œTo dance, or to headbang; that, is the Muse question.â€ Theyâ€™re just not the three-man band they used to be. This album leans extremely heavily on orchestral backing. Theyâ€™ve hit that stage where they really want to, as so many bands do, â€œexperiment with different sounds and technologies,â€ and decided that mashing themÂ all together at once is the best way.
And Jeebus, the lyrics have gotten so moralizing andÂ self-righteous at times in the last two albums. There is plenty of anti-political innuendos preaching about the human raceâ€™s energy consumption. Funny, coming from a band whose live shows use enough energy to power a small city.
Iâ€™m dying hard now.