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The 2nd Law [Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD]

Muse Audio CD
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Energy. The Beach Boys. Twelve-bar blues. The Eighties. Dizziness. Stockbrokers. Thermodynamics. The Olympianideal. Fred Goodwin. Excess. INXS. Beck’s dad. Bellamy’s son…
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • ASIN: B008G12EUY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Supremacy
2. Madness
3. Panic Station
4. Prelude
5. Survival
6. Follow Me
7. Animals
8. Explorers
9. Big Freeze
10. Save Me
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Making Of The 2nd Law
2. Bonus Feature

Product Description

Product Description

The sixth studio album from Muse, and the latest release since 2009's Resistance. The 2nd Law features the official Olympic theme tune "Survival". The deluxe edition also includes a bonus DVD documenting how the album was made.

BBC Review

One of the most remarkable characteristics regarding Muse, themselves an entirely remarkable band, is the sheer speed at which many of their songs are recognised as being classic compositions of the grandest order. A track like 2006’s exquisitely bonkers Knights of Cydonia could only have been of their making. So it comes as no surprise that The 2nd Law takes no time at all to make its presence felt.

What is surprising, though, is that the band that so often would be Queen begins like Led Zeppelin. The swaggering Kashmir-style six-shooter riff of Supremacy is not only the sonic equivalent of a band bursting through the doors of a saloon bar and stopping the clientele dead; it also affirms that Matt Bellamy is a master of the guitar in the order of Metallica’s James Hetfield or AC/DC’s Malcolm Young.

The array of musical styles on show across The 2nd Law means that, like many of this band’s past albums, it doesn’t entirely coalesce into a seamless collection of songs. Panic Station borrows from both Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, without ever attaining the majesty of either tune. But when this album works, it works well.

Survival, an official song of the 2012 Olympic Games, rides emphatic thumps, whereas Liquid State, one of two tracks penned by bassist Chris Wolstenholme, adopts a fluid groove. Closer The 2nd Law: Isolated System manages to unsettle the listener by use of a searching piano motif, reminiscent of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, famously heard in The Exorcist.

This may be Muse’s sixth studio album, but throughout the group present themselves in any guise they please. Where they go from here is anyone’s guess. But as it stands, this is a more than satisfying exploration into the unknown and more.

--Ian Winwood

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Release As Ever 2 Oct 2012
By Bubo
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It might take a few listens but sooner rather than later the awesome power of this album will win you over. I listen to classic and modern Rock, classical piano (I've noticed that Muse like to reference Chopin on this - track no.4, Prelude - and their previous album The Resistance) and film scores (Hanz Zimmer first and foremost) and Muse combine all three and more into a fabulicious concoction of verve, rebellion and almighty rock tunes.

Inspirations are varied; the oft-cited Queen is present but also Bowie (in Madness and Panic Station)and John Barry (in the opening track, Supremacy, which is openly Bondesque) and other artists as well no doubt. Muse sure as hell know their stuff.

Stand outs for me are many but I will cite Supremacy, Madness, Survival, Follow Me, Explorers and the last track, Isolated System, which is one of the best productions Muse have ever accomplished in my opinion, and that is saying a lot, all the more so that it works even without Bellamy's penetrating voice.

The duff tracks I would say are the base player's tracks on fighting alcoholism, Save Me and Liquid State, which, while not outright bad, are overshadowed by the other songs and the first 2nd Law "dub step" track, Unsustainable, is also on the weak side.

I'd say this was an 8.5 out of 10, taking into account the weaker tracks, but is certainly more than four stars, hence the five stars.

In conclusion: Muse Rock
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among my best ever albums 13 July 2013
By albol
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As I've mentioned before, a measure of how good an album is is how long it survives amongst the six I have playing on a loop in my car. I've had this one playing since it's October 1012 release. It's still in there! Definitely a record (excuse the pun). Muse have always sounded like other bands, this is no critisism, tracks on this one remind me of Monty Norman, Queen, Radiohead & Mike Oldfield. The title track should be useful for anyone studying physics, despite the insertion of an ecomessage into the second law of thermodynamics. I can't imagine anyone who has liked Muse in the past not giving this 5 stars.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muse utterly bonkers which is why we love them 10 Oct 2012
By ddan
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While there are no standout commercial tracks as on The Resistance, on balance this is a better album. Its great to see a British rock band that are as utterly crazy as Queen were, no-one could ever replace Mercury as a front man, but we need bands to push the envelope and with all the auto-tuned commercial rubbish being produced this days Muse are a beacon of talent, musicians who can play and sing and put on a great live show. Now can't wait for the next album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST YET 18 Dec 2013
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Anyone who even like's Muse will love this CD. The music is brilliant, the trio Matt, Chris & Dom are true artists of the highest degree. There are short lingering guitar breaks, excellent vocals both lead and backing, superb bass rhythm's and the drum/percussion work is 2nd to none.

I have several Muse CD's and this is the best so far. It raises the standard of this Brit rock group to pure excellence.

Pro's: No duff tracks and musically brilliant.
Con's: Not enough guitar work.

Come on chaps make an old rocker very happy use your musical and instrument skills to make an album that really rocks. Muse are close with this album but I am sure they could make the next one even better. Watch out Amazon because 5 stars might not be enough on the next Muse outing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously good 11 Dec 2013
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Borrowed it from a friend. Bought it. Listened non-stop for two weeks. Great to hear some new things coming from Muse and I took geeky pleasure in track 12!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 12 Sep 2013
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first class albumn i just love all muse stuff , theres nothing on this album that can be wrong , just first class music
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 27 Jun 2013
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What can I say about this album! All their songs are just perfect!!! I really love the way Matt used his baby's ultrasound sound to "dress" two of his songs "The 2nd law" and "Follow me" .. but after all, it's Matt Bellamy we're talking about!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new direction? 12 Oct 2012
By Amicie
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This seems to be a bit of marmite album - though I'm glad to see that the 5* votes are starting to pile up. I love everything Muse have ever done; their best work is sublime. My own feeling about this album is that maybe the band have grown up a bit, there's less of the angst-y teenager, more reflective adult in the lyrics. I strongly disagree with reviewers who say they've sold out. This is Muse moving on, and moving on in a very interesting direction. I've listened to the album twice now. Even on my first listen I felt that this was probably the best thing I've heard this year. On second listen I was starting to get very excited indeed - this is complex, beautiful music. I feel that this album improves as it goes along - the first tracks are good but the middle section is amazing. I suspect I will be listening to this - and hearing new things within the music - for a very long time.
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I admit I wasn't bowled over when I first heard this, but the more I listened to it the more it grew on me. Read more
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