It may be a bit premature to call this Muse's worst record, but this electronic sci-fi experiment did leave a lot to be desired. Since Muse have always been on the cutting edge of what is going on in rock, this record saw them playing catch-up with the 80's throwback trends that have been going for a few years now.
The record is not all bad though. Songs like "Pressure" and "Dig Down" show that the band can still write a killer hook, and even the song "Get Up and Fight" has a stadium-worthy chorus.
However, these highlights don't make up for the fact that this album tends to sound a bit dull with repeated listens. Bringing in producers like Timbaland and Shellback seemed disconcerting, but nothing on this album is anything to raise pitchforks over. At the end of the day, this just seemed like a fun outing for the guys that just didn't seem to work in their favor in the long run. Not a perfect record, but still good for what it is.
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