The 2nd Law
Muse - The 2nd Law
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Rank: #872 / 929
User Score
Based on 176 ratings
October 2, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Helium 3 / Label
Muse / Producer
muse.mu / Website
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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.

May 25, 2017
SiberianBreaks
32
2009's The Resistance was barely a tolerable hiccup in experimenting with modern trends at the time, but with release of The 2nd Law and other singles around, it was easy to assume from most that Muse have made it to the point of no return with not really an album, but what seems to be more like an instance of the band covering whatever has seem to come up on their playlist on shuffle - a hellish spectrum of genres and decades, viciously blended into one project.

It's always admirable when a ... read more
Nov 3, 2014
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
Apr 3, 2017*
aaron
30
The demise of Muse, death by EDM, how much longer must rock listeners suffer for the mistakes of others.

An album that showed signs of being a solid Muse release, Supremacy a James Bond-y masterpiece, Madness & Panic Station while different still objectively good songs and Survival must have made Freddie Mercury blush in his grave.

But it all went so wrong from there on,

A pastiche on the music of the future, oh may we lose the ability to listen to music
Oct 3, 2016
NR
:'(....... I'(......... I'C
Jul 12, 2016
GPellizzon
40
Sounds good
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


Added on: August 10, 2012