Muse - The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
CRITIC SCORE
58
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Rank: #756 / 822
USER SCORE
56
Based on
93 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
Billboard
Muse fans will have a hard time being disappointed by "The 2nd Law," and rookies have a new perfect place to jump in.
80
Drowned in Sound

This is less an album, and more like a mixtape filled with mini meditations of musical movements. 

80
NME

What Muse have done is re-establish themselves as a respected British institution by being fun. 

60
Consequence of Sound

The 13 tracks lack some focus and cohesion, weakening what should be a limitless, quasi-spiritual slice of rock and roll transcendence.

60
AllMusic

On their sixth album, The 2nd Law, they continue to shake things up, diving deeper into the electronic rabbit hole as they experiment with a sound that's less reliant on Matthew Bellamy's guitar heroics, resulting in an album that's a bit of a mixed bag.

60
No Ripcord

The 2nd Law is a love-it-or-hate-it record. It contains some of the best songs Muse has done in recent memory, but also the worst. 

55
Pitchfork

The problem is that it's not any fun at all, and the "message" feels like an unnecessary overcompensation for the campy streak that draws people into this kind of comic-book stuff in the first place.

50
musicOMH

What was a forgiveable indulgence on previous albums now just seems to highlight the absense of new ideas.

43
A.V. Club

What the band has created on The 2nd Law is the musical equivalent of a massive-budget action film: men blowing shit up just because they can, a forced romantic subplot, and above all, the ego required to believe one band can save the world.

40
The 405

You were delusional if you thought for one moment that this album would be anything other than what it is: a bunch of friends making the music they've wanted to for a while. 

40
PopMatters

Their genre-hopping, ostensibly the signifier of their artistic maturity, is in actuality the most concise description of their fatal flaw.

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User Reviews
Tommitron
46
It is hard to believe that a band with so much talent that has previously released albums such as Origin of Symmetry and Absolution would come back after the Resistance, a disappointment, and release an album even worse.
Best song: Panic Station
Worst song: Animals
SiberianBreaks
34
This album is probably the final nail in the coffin. The mixing of genres in almost every song make it a mess and it's so over the top in an obnoxious way. Overall, it's a disaster of an album from a band who tries too hard to be U2.

Favourite tracks: Survival, Explorers, The 2nd Law: Isolated System
EMR
46
Their worst studio effort. Here, Muse plays with a huge mix of styles and genres, without excelling at a single one. In fact this "album" feels more like a collection of songwriting experiments from an unexperienced starting band, shooting in every direction while trying hard to find their place. Although there are some distant reminders of their magnificent arena-rock moments with some great vocals and their usual virtuosity like Panic Station, one might just find it hard to actually ... read more
jasonwallace199
40
This album is a disaster. Mixing Rock and Dubstep does not end well.

Fav Songs: Supremacy, Explorers, Big Freeze

Least Fav: Panic Station (AGHHHH!!!! I HATE THIS F*CKING SONG))
tdrunner95
40
Muse's worst album to date. Matt's worst album lyrically.

Favorite songs: Survival
: The 2nd Law: Isolated System
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DETAILS

October 2, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Helium 3 / Label
Muse / Producer
muse.mu / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 22 - Gigwise
# 46 - Rolling Stone
MISC LISTS
# 45 - Drowned in Sound
Track List
  1. Supremacy 
  2. Madness 
  3. Panic Station 
  4. Prelude 
  5. Survival 
  6. Follow Me 
  7. Animals 
  8. Explorers 
  9. Big Freeze 
  10. Save Me 
  11. Liquid State 
  12. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable 
  13. The 2nd Law: Isolated System
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Added on: August 10, 2012