The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Ratings: #891 / 945
User Score
Based on 311 ratings
2012 Ratings: #275
October 2, 2012 / Release Date
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Helium 3 / Label
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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. 

80
The Guardian

No one goes to see a blockbuster for its profundity and deep characterisation. They go for the stunts and the special effects, both of which The 2nd Law delivers.

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.

15
Crack Magazine
There is clearly some grand collective statement present, but more often than not it’s thematically rooted in well-worn cliches and tenuous sloganeering. But oh my, does it all come together in the calamitous filmic closing suite.
PipePanic
70
It's really not as bad as some are making it out to be. It's still got the bangers expected from Muse, but it's still a dip in quality for sure. And it could 100% have benefited from getting rid of the dubstep elements.

Favorite jams: Panic Station, Animals, Survival

Lest Favorite: The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
MinatoArisato
45
An album that certainly has potential and some really good instrumentation however it also feels unfocused and can be rather annoying at times.

Best Track: Explorers
Worst Track: Liquid State
amw100
42
in this album youll find some of the cheesiest music Muse have ever made, only outcheesed by The Resistance and probably Simulation Theory when that comes out. while this album does have a bunch of good songs, theyre scattered and not many. this album's lows are some of the worst moments in Muse's career, not to mention that terrible failed attempt of dubstep they made towards the end of the album which made the score of it like 15 points lower than it could have been. this is not a good alum, ... read more
MusicSucks
33
muse's bad album
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
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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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