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Muse - The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
CRITIC SCORE
51
Based on 15 reviews
2012 Rank: #645 / 664
USER SCORE
58
Based on
61 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

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

80
NME
NME

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

60
Consequence of Sound
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
No Ripcord
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
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
musicOMH

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

43
A.V. Club
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
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
PopMatters

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

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 is like one of the stupid sequels to a movie that was never good in the first place.

Favourite tracks: Isolated System

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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 2, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Helium 3
PRODUCER: Muse
GENRE: Alternative Rock
WEBSITE: muse.mu
TAGS
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