Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The 2nd Law

The 2nd Law
by Muse [Compact Disc 781.66 Mus]

The 2nd Law was released in October 2012, and the second track "Madness" has been played on the radio consistently ever since. The rest of the album is good, but not nearly as great. The very first track actually quotes a theme from Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, and some of the other songs on the CD sound awfully similar to other bands like U2 and Coldplay. Muse themselves claims influences from Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Skrillex, Queen, and Stevie Wonder. The album makes great use of mixed meter (One of the pieces is in 5/4) and its use of mixed modes (a variant type of scale). "Madness" was on the top of the Billboard Alternative chart for 19 weeks, and was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Rock Song," it clearly dominates the rest of the album. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Muse - Absolution; Muse - The Resistance; The Origin of Symmetry; Black Holes and Revelations.] -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library

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