The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Ratings: #1007 / 1094
User Score
Based on 653 ratings
2012 Ratings: #272
Liked by 11 people
October 2, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Helium 3 / Label
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Muse fans will have a hard time being disappointed by "The 2nd Law," and rookies have a new perfect place to jump in.
Drowned in Sound

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


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

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.

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.


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.

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. 


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.


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

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.

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. 


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

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.

(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.

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Esse disco é bem melhor que outros álbuns da banda que ouvi como o "simulation theory" e o "drones", ele tem uma produção melhorzinha e músicas mais interessantes, porém ainda o acho bem sem sal.

Supremacy - 6.2/10
Madness - 6.5/10
Panic station - 5.8/10
Prelude - 6.1/10
Survival - 7.4/10
Follow me - 7.7/10
Animals - 7.1/10
Explorers - 4.6/10
Big freeze - 8.1/10
Save me - 6.7/10
Liquid state - 5.4/10
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I don't even know what the hell Muse was going for on this album but there are a some good tracks. The rest is pretty much garbage

Supremacy - 8.5
Madness - 5
Panic Station - 7.5
Prelude - N/A
Survival - 6
Follow Me - 2
Animals - 9
Explorers - 3.5
Big Freeze - 3
Save Me - 5
Liquid State - 8
The 2nd Law: Unsustainable - 3
The 2nd Law: Isolated System - 8


There is no reason to listen to this album today. At the time, it could be curious to listen. Some good idea, but a failure in general.


i would dislike this album more but this album is so fucking funny


An excellent, standout moment in the Muse discography, having no weak songs excluding the final 2 instrumental passages on the album. Huge, grand hits such as Supremacy and Survival recall moments from The Resistance, while the heavier tracks like Liquid State remind me of parts from Absolution and even Showbiz. Beautifully made album.

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Added on: August 10, 2012