In their early years, Muse were often likened to Radiohead and although they have come a long way since then, when I read the WhatCulture article Radiohead: Every Album Ranked From Worst To Best by Dolan Reynolds, I couldn’t help but feel inspired to write a similar article about the other great British rock band, Muse.
Formed in 1994, Muse have many musical styles to their name; classical, heavy metal, electronica and rock, to name but a few, and it is likely that everyone has at least one Muse album or song that they love.
But which is the best? Read on to find out.
6. The 2nd Law (2012)
It’s a bit of a cliché claiming that the most recent album is the worst: can any longstanding fan ever enjoy the new material as much as the older songs that had got them into the band in the first place? However, with The 2nd Law, most fans would have to agree that it’s just not as good. It’s not that the music is bad – it’s just a drastic change from the alternative rock that Muse is known for. We can’t blame them, really; lots of bands change their styles over time. But personally, I never thought Muse would dabble with dubstep.
Before I sound too negative, there are some really good aspects to The 2nd Law. Rather than just pumping out slushy love songs like some bands, Muse’s songs, on this album and others, hold deeper meanings. The two closing tracks on the album, ‘The 2nd Law – Unsustainable’ and ‘The 2nd Law – Isolated System’, look at the impact of fuel useage on society, while closer to home for the band, ‘Liquid State’ and ‘Save Me’ are about Chris Wolstenholme’s battle with alcoholism. These songs also mark a first for the band: as bassist Chris both wrote and sung these tracks.
All in all, apart from the dubstep, which, admittedly, is good if you’re into that kind of music, The 2nd Law shows the growth and change of the band, as well as the continuation of writing about political and social issues.
Key Tracks: Supremacy, Liquid State.
This article was first posted on March 30, 2013