If you've been in the world of music for a while, there comes a time when you get a wild idea in your head to start exploring. Although nothing might be wrong with your sound per se, there's no one saying that you can't erase what you did and pave the way for something even better than what you did before. Every band has the right to experiment...so long as they manage to not piss the fans off in the process.
Across every one of these albums, you can hear each of these musicians trying to stretch their sounds into different areas, which end up with scattered results at best. Granted, not every song on these records are terrible, with some having at least a handful of good concepts at the ready. No, the devil is in the details here, as some of these records feel either half finished or just poorly thought out, like they had a good idea but no real way of executing it properly.
And the fans answered in droves, with the fairweather listening jumping ship from them altogether and the diehards clinging to their old stuff for dear life. As much as they may have wanted to create something new and interesting, there's only one question we have with the passage of time: who the hell was this even for?
10. Muse Gives Us An '80s Marathon
For the past few years, Muse have always been on a slow and steady push towards the electronic spectrum. Though the sound of synthesizers and lush production was never absent from their early work, they clearly had some stuff to work out of their system on albums like The Resistance. While Muse always seemed to be ahead ofthe curve with this kind of sound, their latest effort is one of the few times where it feels like they went backwards.
Although the '80s pastiches are no stranger to Muse lineups or anything, Simulation Theory lays them on way too thick for people to really latch onto anything, with songs that feel more like they're made to soundtrack those '80s nostalgia fodder shows like Stranger Things than actually building off of the rock stuff that came before on albums like the 2nd Law or Drones.
That being said, you can't really fault Muse for wanting to go in this direction. If singles like Dig Down and Thought Contagion were any indication, you could at least tell that they had their heart sold on wanting to make something like this work in their trademark stadium rock setting. Aside from a few decent riffs though, this is the one '80s marathon that you can skip out on if you're a diehard Muse fan. Still good, but coming from the kings of modern rock, fans should expect way better.