The 2nd Law [Explicit]
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The 2nd Law [Explicit]

September 24, 2012

  Song Title
Panic Station [Explicit]
Follow Me
Big Freeze
Save Me
Liquid State
The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
The 2nd Law: Isolated System

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  • Original Release Date: September 24, 2012
  • Release Date: September 24, 2012
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2012 Warner Music UK Limited
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  • Total Length: 53:27
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B009G8GRX6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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118 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Second Guess The 2nd Law October 2, 2012
By David
Format:Audio CD
Muse have returned! The 2nd Law is the 6th studio album by the band who over the last 13 years (officially) have developed a gigantic, rabid fan base and put together an impressive resume and B-side back catalogue. Initially written off by critics as nothing more than Radiohead "lite", they have since far exceeded perceived limitations and expectations from critics and listeners. From sell out stadium shows to having their material appear in blockbuster movies and the Olympics, Muse prove year after year that it is nearly (if not impossible) for the trio hailing from Teignmouth to lose momentum. With each release, their live shows grow increasingly grandiose, their material more complex, orchestral and progressive, and their acquisition of new fans increases (almost)exponentially.

The culture shock of listening to any new Muse album is one of the more difficult parts of being a fan, and with good reason. Every time they release new material, the band finds cunning ways to reinvent their sound and it's as though we're not even listening to the same group anymore. We expect to hear songs similar to their last album because let's face it, Muse are so darn good at planting the seed of attachment and leaving us in disarray when it's over. We beg for more, but instead Muse shatter our expectations when they switch gears and run in the opposite direction.

So what does that mean for The 2nd Law? Which album does it resemble the most? Does it have the chaotic, guitar driven madness safely quarantined in Origin of Symmetry? How about the methodic, visceral rhythms of Absolution? Is there any of that splendor we loved so much about Black Holes?

The answer is: none of the above.
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77 of 100 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A change for the better? October 3, 2012
By John G.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you thumbs down please let me know why, I am interested in your opinions too. Just don't thumbs down because I didn't give it immediately 4 or 5 stars, that is ridiculous.

I give it a 3.5 stars, not 3 stars.

First off, Wolstenholme, one of my favorite bass players to emulate, has an amazing voice. It's not the voice of Muse though; the two songs he wrote, I believe, should have been released separately from The 2nd Law. Other artists that have done similar things, (i.e. Flea, Serj Tankian) released their own works separately under their name, not under their main bands' name.

I am glad Muse is experimenting, I would not want to be hearing songs that sound like Showbiz and Muscle Museum over and over again. The polarity of change in The 2nd Law in relation to their last albums seems greater than their previous steps in progression. What I mean is, the change in Showbiz to Origin of Symmetry seemed proper, along with the other steps they took leading to The Resistance. The change from The Resistance to The 2nd Law is beyond obvious; if you showed these two albums to someone new to Muse, would they be able to tell it is the same band?

Ask yourself this, would you want this to be the first album of Muse to show to someone who has never listened to Muse before?

I love Undisclosed Desires and I like Follow Me and Madness. But would you rather Muse focus more on this genre of music (this kind of electronic feel)? I guess what I'm trying to say I felt a lack of rock in this album. You can argue that Panic Station is rock, because it is, but it's not about Panic Station, it is about this album's overall feel is so different; it makes me uncomfortable to a degree.

With listening to Muse you have to love their soft pieces too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Muse December 4, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't think this album is as good as Muse's previous endeavors, but it grows on you. The lyrics and music are a bit too obvious and cartoony, like a poorly attempted rock opera. Still, I love Muse!
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolved sound but still Muse - Solid album October 2, 2012
By Caleb
Format:MP3 Music
I am not sure where I would rank this among all Muse's work. During and since The Resistance album, I was growing a little tired of muse, but still respected them. The Resistance is probably my least favorite of there albums, though it had its moments and was not a bad album by any means - but when comparing it to a standard muse had already set for itself, it is hard to compete. Upon hearing the album trailer of "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable" I was worried. Thankfully this sound was not common throughout the album, and the song actually works okay with the album as a whole. The 2nd Law has brought me back to my feelings I had for the old muse, though it is a new sound. I do not know if I would call it my favorite album, but it is something new and fresh that I am enjoying almost as much as when I first heard origin of symmetry. If you are feeling a little uncertain after the first listen, go for a drive with the speakers cranked up, and it might just hit you. Hope they come to my state so I can see them live.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a downward trajectory October 14, 2012
By Sophie
Format:Audio CD
I love Muse's first few records, then Resistance started raising eyebrows with it's over-the-top derivative music which sounded too much like Queen wanna-bees. The 2nd Law, which seemed so promising with Madness (although it stole shamelessly from George Michael's Faith, it was still a catchy song), is almost a parody. The music seemed too campy at times, like something that Spinal Tap would've conjured up. Matt needs to bring his music back down to earth! There were a couple of beautiful songs (which sounded like something I heard before, but I can't place it), however in hindsight, I would've rather have just paid for those songs individually instead of buying the whole record.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Muse
Love Madness, enjoying the rest of the CD, too. This is not the usual genre I listen to so happy it got my attention on the radio and caused me to buy this CD.
Published 5 days ago by K. Tate
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy
Nice shopping experience. The CD, album and the band I think don't require any comments - for this sort of purchases you know exactly what you are buying
Published 8 days ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
It's my husband's, but I enjoy the music also. I would recommend adding it to your collection of Muse. Love the cover picture.
Published 8 days ago by Keith Peecook
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin
Bought for Ma-a-a-dness.. Am lovin the rest of the album!

Really like Liquid State and the dual 2nd law tracks.
Published 16 days ago by David Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Muse!
I never really know what to expect from Muse, and I might be a little biased because they're one of my favorite bands, but they manage to innovate and sound original without losing... Read more
Published 18 days ago by KZ
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Law
Their latest album is quite amazing! Didn't realize that Muse has been around for so long! My wife and I are such big fans and we grew up in the Pink Floyd Days! Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kenneth R. Earnest
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album.
Easily my favorite of theirs, the funny thing is the most popular song on the album "Madness" is my least favorite (but I still like it a lot) the 40 minutes of video is also worth... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kronos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I discovered this band at Austin City Limits 2014 and loved the diversity of styles. I'd heard so many of their songs in the past but didn't know who they were so it was neat to... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Travis Gagnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Ma-ma-ma-madnessssssss!
Good CD! I was leery to buy this cd but many reviews stated they sound like Queen, which I love, so I bought it. Some songs do resemble Queen and sound good! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patty Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as many good songs as their previous CD
I loved the "resistance" CD and was expecting to love this one, but I only like a few songs. I'm a little disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by expectingmom12
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