The adoption of techno sounds and unusually magnified bass lines, accellerate Muse’s new album into the dubstep generation.
Oscar Cuadras Galvany
2nd Law is pure experimentation that replaces the band’s familiar rock sounds. It seems to have been created to break the boundaries, or at least take some alternative paths in music, but are they just jumping on the now commercial dubstep bandwagon?
Matt Bellamy, Muse’s front man, told The Rolling Stone that he intended to give the impression that 2nd Law had been made by three different bands. Well, it certainly does. With an extremely wide range of sounds that vary from dubstep (Unsustainable) to upbeat Funky (Panic Station), travelling through the already known classical side of the band, 2nd law is an album that will not please the most conservative fans.
However, Bellamy and co have kept on board their usual sounds in the guitar solos that mirror their Queen-influenced hits that we heard in The Resistance. It is also worth noting the heart beat recording of Bellamy’s son when he was in the womb, which acts as an introduction to Follow me.
2nd Law is an album that, although shocking at first, is undoubtedly entertaining, especially for those that approach it without high expectations.