Muse - Drones
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2015 Ratings: #912 / 977
User Score
Based on 654 ratings
2015 Ratings: #447
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June 8, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Muse / Producer
muse.mu / Website
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Rolling Stone

Drones is a truly guilty pleasure, like watching The Daily Show and knowing Jon Stewart's best jokes start with someone else's colossal error or hurt.

The Independent

Since any group responsible for giving prog-rock a 21st-century footing clearly observes their own set of rules, however, Muse’s seventh album is – happily – anything but diminished.

The Telegraph

The lyrics are comically ridiculous ... It’s more than a little Spinal Tap, but if I was a teenage boy this is exactly the kind of thrilling madness that might turn me on to a moribund genre.


It’s Bellamy’s job to prise open deeper socio-political dimensions as much as it is to comment on the times, and Muse’s music once more matches his adventurous intrigue.

As Muse is not a subtle band ... it's hard to avoid their conclusion that war is bad, but this inclination to write everything in bold, italicized capital letters is an asset when it comes to music.
Regardless of what you think of the concept ... this distils almost all of their good qualities into a surprisingly concise record.
Even if Muse is only sort of back, they've still taken a vital step in the right direction. With a little luck, maybe the next Muse album will finally be the one that has them live up to their astronomical potential.
The Guardian

This is the band’s most focused work in a decade, ditching the genre walkabout of 2012’s The 2nd Law for a more polished variant of their early, unkempt sound.

Luckily, a good sizeable chunk of this album is good enough to stand alone, stripped of the high-minded concepts.

Muse is one of the world's biggest rock bands, but for all its missionary zeal, Drones preaches to the converted.


In spite of its melodic clarity, Drones ultimately succumbs under the weight of its narrative, which strains for political and social commentary but winds up closer to parody.

Consequence of Sound

Lyrics have always been a chink in the almighty Muse’s armor, and that chink has grown into a full-on crisis on Drones.


Drones can be chalked up as one step forward, one step back for this British trio. If Muse is able to find a way to express its political concerns in a manner that doesn’t bash the listener over the head, they might just find a way to get both feet headed in the same direction.


At one turn, Drones will seem a savior for the world’s big, dumb stadium rock and at another it’ll be like a Queen record for dudes in Guy Fawkes masks.

Entertainment Weekly

There are snatches of salvation (the breathless chug “Revolt”), but every time Drones aims for dystopian profundity, it hits Styx-level goofiness.

The Needle Drop

Muse comes back with a slightly more focused and hard rock-flavored followup to the 2nd Law.

Whatever pleasure can be generated from Bellamy’s admirable melodic sense and overblown hooks is negated by Muse’s insistence that they’re profound rather than fun.
Drowned in Sound
Muse have never been interested in doing things by halves and they don't so much as lean into prog these days but rather wear the face off it, yet there is a difference between bold experimentation and simply throwing in too much and sounding terribly burnt out as a consequence.
Time Out London
It’s a disappointing record on every level. For devoted fans, the uncomfortable truth is that they’re stuck in a glam-rock rut, which – sorry Musers – Royal Blood now do with twice the urgency and zero guff.
No Ripcord

They’re aiming for George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, but in terms of social commentary, it’s not even Taylor Swift’s 1989.

Under The Radar

Muse have always been ridiculous and overblown, but at least they used to be a ton of fun. Can anyone remember how long ago that was?

muse make music for people with feet fetishes
(Band Binge: Muse Part Seven of Seven...ish)

...Fuck it. This album isn't THAT bad.

Look, this album is corny, flawed, goofy, stupid, a little messy and very flat in some areas that Muse usually stride in. And yeah, the album cover is pretty...trash. But...at lest when compared The 2nd Law, this is NOT their worst album. It just isn't. It's a grey and kinda bland album, but it's not their worst.

I think what quantifies this album as being at lest a little better then the previous 2 albums ... read more
A lot of these songs are more generic than the most plain bread you have ever seen. BUT Reapers slaps and Aftermath is pretty. So yea. Also wtf are the interludes and why do they exist

Dead Inside - 7
[Drill Sergeant] - N/A
Psycho - 6
Mercy - 4
Reapers - 10
The Handler - 6
[JFK] - N/A
Defector - 6.5
Revolt - 6
Aftermath - 8
The Globalist - 7
Drones - 2
'Drones' heads back towards straight-ahead 'rock' territory again, with a Marilyn Manson feel to 'Psycho' and an acknowledgement of how successful the Muse-influenced Royal Blood had been with their own riff-centric approach.

The songs still fall short of greatness and you do feel the 'bells and whistles' of all manner of added instrumentation and production effects are desperately trying to paper over these shortcomings.

For sure it's a busy sounding album...but at the final reckoning it ... read more
I like some of it a lot, but Matt you do know that just because you say "drones" a lot doesn't make the album cohesive, don't you? It's important to me that you know that.

Despite Dead Inside and Reapers being two of the best post-Black Holes Muse tracks, I always find myself wanting to turn this album off half way through and listen to the records that Drones is so desperately trying to recapture the spirit of. Furthermore, Drones makes me worried about the band's understanding of ... read more
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Added on: March 11, 2015