26 of 39 people found the following review helpful
, October 11, 2012
This review is from: The 2nd Law (Audio CD)
Full disclosure - I've been a big fan of Muse's since the early 2000's when I picked up an imported copy of Origin of Symmetry. So perhaps you might dismiss this as me grumbling about Muse evolving away from their earlier sound, but I thoroughly enjoyed the band's growth up through Black Holes and Revelations. However, the Resistance included some troubling signs that the band was starting to become a bit too self-indulgent in their sound.
I'm not going to belabor the point, but I find most albums that are breathlessly recommended by people who tell you to "listen to it with headphones on so that you can appreciate the full brilliance of the technical accomplishment" to be boring, overwrought, and ultimately not that good.
I'm not a music snob - I like music that moves you, and that connects with you emotionally in some way. Muse's earlier albums were big and bombastic and in your face and they rocked in a way that bands don't rock any more. I don't like technical accomplishments of composition and production that don't still manage to connect with you emotionally. Resistance was a jumble of decent to good songs, and boring, forgettable "new-Muse" songs. The 2nd Law is nearly entirely forgettable, and there's not one song off the album that moves me, or inspires me to give it multiple listens.
I fully expect that bands have to evolve over time, and that this will alienate some of their listeners. Unfortunately, Muse has evolved away from a band that embraces big riffs and big sound to a band that has created boring, forgettable songs. I hope that they can recover from this, like U2 recovered from their Zooropa/Pop misadventures.
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