The 2nd Law

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
Throughout their career, it's always been clear that Muse aren't satisfied to just do the same thing over and over again, as they have evolved from their early days when they were perhaps unfairly pigeonholed as a Radiohead imitator into purveyors of some of the most epic symphonic rock since Queen graced the stage. 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. Incorporating some of the slickest production the band has ever had with a more synth-heavy sound, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
Throughout their career, it's always been clear that Muse aren't satisfied to just do the same thing over and over again, as they have evolved from their early days when they were perhaps unfairly pigeonholed as a Radiohead imitator into purveyors of some of the most epic symphonic rock since Queen graced the stage. 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. Incorporating some of the slickest production the band has ever had with a more synth-heavy sound, the album certainly succeeds in feeling different from Muse's previous work. While this certainly keeps with their tradition of always pushing their sound in new directions, their excursions into dubstep and dance music on tracks like "Madness" and "Follow Me" feel more like remixes than original songs. Songs like these definitely have the spine of Muse tracks, but the production that's built up around them feels almost alien. This feeling really comes through on "Panic Station," which feels like a cousin to "Supermassive Black Hole," but where the latter was built on a solid foundation of heavy guitars, the former is over-produced into what feels like the band's version of Genesis' "That's All." Though there are plenty of moments like these, there are also lots of places where they get things right, with album opener "Supremacy" and Olympic anthem "Survival" leading the pack with their symphonic arrangements providing the album with the kind of sweeping grandeur that people have come to expect. The most surprising experiment, however, comes by way of "Save Me" and "Liquid State," which find bassist Chris Wolstenholme stepping into the spotlight as a singer and a songwriter for the first time. The two songs work well together, with the first feeling like a kind of drifting introduction to the other's bass-heavy drive, providing the album with a pair of songs that feel like a throwback to the Origin of Symmetry and Absolution days, while feeling different enough that they're not an obvious step backward. With so many different experiments going on, The 2nd Law can sometimes feel a bit disjointed. Fortunately, the sense of drama Muse have cultivated over the years provides just enough glue to tie the album together so that fans won't have too much problem navigating its choppy waters, and though not all of the band's experiments necessarily pay off, the album feels like a worthy proving ground for the ideas that will take the band boldly into the future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 825646568796
  • Catalog Number: 532065
  • Sales rank: 22,485

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Supremacy (4:55)
  2. 2 Madness (4:39)
  3. 3 Panic Station (3:04)
  4. 4 Prelude (0:57)
  5. 5 Survival (4:17)
  6. 6 Follow Me (3:50)
  7. 7 Animals (4:22)
  8. 8 Explorers (5:46)
  9. 9 Big Freeze (4:39)
  10. 10 Save Me (5:08)
  11. 11 Liquid State (3:02)
  12. 12 The 2nd Law: Unsustainable (3:48)
  13. 13 The 2nd Law: Isolated System (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muse Primary Artist
Beth Anderson Choir, Chorus
Walt Harrah Choir, Chorus
David Campbell Conductor
Karen Harper Choir, Chorus
Scottie Haskell Choir, Chorus
Clydene Jackson Choir, Chorus
Raven Kane Choir, Chorus
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Nick Lane Trombone
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Bobbi Page Choir, Chorus
Tom Saviano Tenor Saxophone
Kim Scholes Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Oren Waters Choir, Chorus
Joseph Meyer French Horn
Dave Stone Bass
Susie Stevens Logan Choir, Chorus
Suzie Katayama Cello
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet, Soloist
Guy Maeda Choir, Chorus
Sara Parkins Violin
Greg Whipple Choir, Chorus
Edie Lehmann Boddicker Choir, Chorus
Nathan Campbell French Horn
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Chris Wolstenholme Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals
Matthew Bellamy Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Dominic Howard Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums
Reid Bruton Choir, Chorus
Dave Walther Viola
Greg Jasperse Choir, Chorus
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Gerardo Hilera Violin
Songa Lee Violin
Aaron Page Choir, Chorus
Joanna Bushnell Choir, Chorus
Christian Ebner Choir, Chorus
Craig Gosnell Trombone
Antonio Sol Choir, Chorus
Kathryn Reid Choir, Chorus
Steve Richards Cello
Robert Joyce Choir, Chorus
Michele Richards Violin
Gabriel Mann Choir, Chorus
Gerald White Choir, Chorus
Serena McKinney Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Terri Koide Choir, Chorus
Chyla Anderson Choir, Chorus
Donald Markese Baritone Saxophone
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Michael Geiger Choir, Chorus
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Karen Whipple Schnurr Choir, Chorus
Rodrigo D'Erasmo Violin
Charles Findley Trumpet
Daniela Savoldi Cello
Kevin Connolly Violin
John Kimberling Choir, Chorus
Kimberly Lingo Hinze Choir, Chorus
Tom Kirk Chant
Ruth Breugger Violin
Oscar Hildago Bass
Katie Razzall Spoken Word
Francesca Proponis Choir, Chorus
Baraka Williams Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Muse Producer
Adrian Bushby Engineer, Additional Production
Chris Wolstenholme Composer
Matthew Bellamy Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
Tommaso Colliva Engineer, Additional Production
Paul Reeve Vocal Producer
Alessandro Cortini Engineer
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