3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Problematic - and gets boring quick,
This review is from: The 2nd Law (Audio CD)
With this album, it finally hit me what is wrong with Muse's music. Its far too eager to please. And like Ferris Bueller says, "you can't respect someone who kisses your ass". Matt Bellamy tries SO HARD to be cool, to live up to his perception of the fans' expectations, that the music just ends up feeling far too forced. And this is why I can never listen to Muse albums over and over - there just isn't the depth, honesty or maturity to reward repeated listens in the way that say, Radiohead, Vast or Catherine Wheel deliver.
The styles of the songs are so different, that it feels more like a folder of random tracks from your hard drive. The opening is an obvious shot at a Bond song, the next is (the best for me) a decent song with a chilled dubstep remix vibe, then an overly bombastic Queen homage, then the Olympic song. The second half delivers some remix sounding tracks of Showbiz era B-Side quality, then astoundingly a couple of tracks of Chris singing, which for me ruins the flow and identity of the album. The penultimate track is a self-conscious "save the world" noise-fest, followed by a more chilled out last track. Overall, there are some good moments, but also a lot of distracting and annoying ones.
It frustrates me because Muse clearly have the talent and drive to deliver something incredible and lasting - yet I feel they dilute their true energy in trying to please the fans. I still feel their best album is yet to come - once the attention dies off and people have moved on, they might then have the confidence to write an album that's honest and interesting rather than self-consciously showy.