The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Ratings: #900 / 957
User Score
Based on 400 ratings
2012 Ratings: #345
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
40
(Band Binge: Muse Part Six of Seven)

Here we are. The worst Muse album. By far. My GOD.

Hooooooly shit what happened here? After the pretty disappointing Resistance album, Muse fans were hoping, preying, PLEADING for a either a return of form or some sort of comeback towards a more tight and interesting sound, or a push towards the more expansive, grand and breathtaking moments from The Resistance (i.e Exogenisis). Either way, people didn't want...what ever the fuck this was.

The 2nd Law is ... read more
amelietur
50
This album is their less cohesive. I hear the Muse I esteem and admire, but I also hear a whole lot of different sounds leaving me perplexed. I really want to love it, but I just don't. There are a few very enjoyable moments, still not enough for me to truly appreciate the record as a whole.

Also, it's kind of sad that Madness is one of (if not their) best known songs.

Best tracks: Supremacy, Panic Station, Save Me, Liquid State
Worst tracks: Follow Me (...), The 2nd Law: Unsustainable (at ... read more
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
MiaWatterson
55
They tried to be experimental but they tried too hard.
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
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Year End Lists

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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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