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Muse were forced to cancel their concert in Turkey, which was due to take place on Tuesday (26.07.16) after the attempted military coup.
Muse have cancelled their concert in Turkey.
The Devon-based rock band - who are formed of Matt Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard - have been forced to postpone their planned gig in the Eastern European country next week after the attempted military coup last Friday (15.07.16) in a bid to overthrow President Recep Erdogan and his government, which was thwarted.
However the trio have taken extra precaution by calling off their performance, which was due to take place at the Blue Night venue in Istanbul on Tuesday (26.07.16) as part of their 'Drones World Tour' because of the danger to their safety, a decision they ''regret'' having to do.
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’25’ is once again on top of the UK album chart.
Thanks to her show-stopping headlining performance at Glastonbury last weekend, Adele’s third album 25 has returned to the number one spot in the UK albums chart. The album enjoyed a huge surge in sales (up 231% from last week) thanks to her Glastonbury appearance, which was streamed live on the BBC and watched by over 3.5 million viewers.
Adele’s 25 is back at number one following her Glastonbury set.
25, which was released on November 20th 2015, has now spent 13 weeks at number one in the UK. Its rise up the charts this week was also helped by it finally being made available on streaming services last Friday (24 June).
Continue reading: Adele Says Hello Again To Number One Spot After Glastonbury
The Muse frontman is prepared for anything when the band headline the Pyramid stage tonight (June 24).
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy is preparing for his band to headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage tonight, for the third time in their career. Bellamy says the band are ready for anything, including something going wrong on the night, saying Muse has learnt to “embrace the chaos” of huge live gigs.
Muse’s Matt Bellamy.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Bellamy said: "Really, the stage is not yours. There are so many components that are unpredictable and out of your control, so there is no one to blame if anything goes wrong, which it will.
Continue reading: Muse's Matt Bellamy: "Something Will Go Wrong During Glastonbury Set"
Adele had previously admitted she was scared of the festival’s huge crowds.
Muse have invited their fellow Glastonbury headliner Adele to join them onstage during their Friday night slot, in a bid to help her overcome her nerves. Adele will headline the festival for the first time on the Saturday evening and has previously said she was scared of performing in front of the huge crowds.
Muse have invited Adele to join them on stage at Glastonbury to help overcome her nerves.
Speaking on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show on Wednesday morning (April 13th), Muse frontman Matt Bellamy said: "The best thing for her to do would be to come the night before, watch us and come on and sing a song with us.”
The acts that will be joining Adele, Coldplay and Muse this year have been revealed.
Glastonbury has unveiled its first line-up poster for the annual festival, which will take place this year from June 22nd to 26th at Worthy Farm. The newly confirmed acts will join already announced headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, with a further 800 acts to be announced on a second poster in the coming weeks.
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The singer confirmed the rumours during a show in London.
Adele has been confirmed as the final headlining act for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, taking the Saturday night slot on the Pyramid Stage. The singer made the announcement during her sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena on Friday night, with the news later being confirmed by festival organisers.
Adele is the final headlining act for this year’s Glastonbury festival.
The Sun reports that Adele told the sold-out crowd: "Who's going to Glastonbury this year? See you there. I'll be there. I'll be headlining on the Saturday night this year.” Rumours had been swirling for weeks that Adele could be the final headliner, but the singer had previously said she was too scared of the big festival crowds.
Continue reading: Hello Glastonbury! Adele Is Your Final 2016 Headliner
The oldest and longest running pop and rock festival has some new headliners
What do Muse, the Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams and Robbie Williams all have in common? They are four out of the nine massive headliners at this year’s Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands.
Festival season hots up with more acts announced at Pinkpop in the Netherlands
Along with Sam Smith, Elbow, The Script, Anouk and Avicii, this line up of pop superstars will be playing on the weekend of Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 15 in Holland.
Continue reading: Dutch Pinkpop Festival Announces More Acts
Saturday was a rough day at Coachella, but definitely worth it for those who braved the storm
If you’re at Coachella this year, you won’t be reading this story and if you are… well, this might just make things worse, but here’s a rundown of the best things you’re missing anyway. Saturday saw a huge dust storm rip through Coachella Valley on Saturday, but diehard fans stuck it out anyway for Muse’s headlining gig. The English rockers performed festival staples like "Hysteria," "Resistance," and "Magic," but a large portion of the Coachella crowd left the field early as high winds swept sand and dust across the festival field, Reuters reports.
Muse went for festival favorites and a Nirvana tribute.
A day by day recommendation of this year's festival favourites.
Coachella Festival is nearly here, bringing with it one hell of a weekend chock full of great food, exciting entertainment and, most importantly, amazing music.
Arguably California's most eagerly anticipated event of the year, Coachella settles at the Empire Polo Club in Indio once again for the fifteenth year running between April 11th and 13th on the first weekend and April 18th and 20th on the second. It's not unheard of that a music festival was so good they had to hold it twice, but as of 2012 it has become a no-brainer for Coachella. In a nutshell, it is basically a big playground for grown-ups - though of course it is a family friendly event - featuring activities such as the 3 Legged Race, the Beauty Bar, the art studios, dodgeball and the almighty Pie Eating Contest, all while you're munching on a variety of cuisine from around the state and rocking out to some of the best bands you will ever hear.
Continue reading: It's Almost Here! 25 Must See Acts For Coachella 2014
Both bands did Lithium - one of Nirvana's most iconic tracks.
Saturday night marked the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. The Nirvana frontman commited suicide on April 5, 1994. Predictably, Nirvana tributes were abundant over the weekend. In Sao Paolo, Brazil Muse managed to do justice to the 1991 single Lithium for the crowd at Lollapalooza.
Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death. He was found on April 8, 1994.
Muse started performing together 20 years ago - the same year that Cobain commited suicide, as Matthew Bellamy helpfully reminded the crowd.
What, someone made The Smiths and The Beatles as Lego?
Is there no end to what can be achieved with Lego? It doesn't seem so, as the latest ingenious Lego creation is, well all of our favorite bands!
Foo Fighters as Lego!
Adly Syairi Ramly loves Lego and he also has pretty good taste in music too. After collecting Lego since 2011 he came up with the fantastic idea of combining his two major passions as the results are pretty epic. Nothing else was used to create the models, it’s just simple Lego figures given a rock and roll makeover. The pictures were taken on an iPhone 5 with no desktop editing. Pretty impressive indeed.
Continue reading: Radiohead, The Smiths, Pixies: Your Favorite Bands As Lego!
Coachella is litterally the hottest festival of the year, so if you're off to soak in the sun, here's 10 acts you really can't afford to miss.
The Coachella festival always manages to bring out the big names for its annual two weekend spectacular in April. This year, organizers have outdone themselves with a feast of big name acts that will take to Coachella’s sun soaked stage. From the relatively new wave makers like Lorde and Bastille to heavyweights such as Muse and of course the reunited Outkast there is something for everyone in the Californian sun. In order to really whet your appetite, we’re running down the 10 acts you simply cannot afford to miss at this year’s Coachella Festival.
Beck will be preforming at this year's Coachella festival
Continue reading: Coachella Festival 2014: Your Guide To This Year's Lineup
Queens of the Stone Age, The Replacements, Beck and The Knife are also among the top-billed performers
Coachella 2014 will be returning to Indio, California, this spring for a two-weekend spectacular that will see some of the world's biggest performers gather in one polo field in the middle of the desert. This week the full line-up for the latest incarnation of the ever-popular festival was announced, with the bill yet another feast for the eyes (and eventually the ears too).
Big Boi and Andre 3000 will reunited for the headline performance
Eight years since their last album and eventual hiatus, Outkast will reform to headline the first day of the festival, which will kick start on the weekend of 11-13 April. The Grammy-winning hip-hop duo will be joined on the first day by fellow returnees The Knife, who released their first album in seven years - the acclaimed Shaking the Habitual - in 2013 and The Replacements, who reformed in 2012. Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, Haim, A$AP Ferg, Bryan Ferry, DJ Falcon and many others will also appear on the first day.
Continue reading: OutKast, Muse And Arcade Fire To Headline Coachella 2014
The Radio 1 DJ slams one of the UK's most successful soloists.
Singer Robbie Williams has been left reeling after BBC Radio 1 personality Nick Grimshaw said that he and his music were "not relevant" to the stations target audience and failed to put the pop star's number one single 'Candy' on its playlist last year.
Robbie Williams Hit With An Almighty Snub From The UK's Biggest Radio Station.
The quiffy-haired DJ said that he didn't "know if [Williams is] now for a Radio 1 audience." "I liked Take That when I was little, but I'm not little anymore," he told Five news, as reported by BBC News.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Gutted After Being Branded Irrelevant By Nick Grimshaw
What can we expect from another double weekend at Austin City Limits Festival?
Austin City Limits Music Festival is set to hit Texas for its twelfth year, bringing with it two weekends of fabulous live music and family fun.
The festival organisers first decided to spread the fun out over two weekends last year, in a bid to welcome yet more people into this unique world, and it appears that they haven't gone back on their word as they are set to return to Zilker Park on October 4th - 6th and 11th - 13th. This year sees some impressive headline acts including Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse and Kings Of Leon - and if that wasn't exciting enough, Atoms For Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix and Wilco are also high up on this year's bill! Some of the other acts scattered around are just as jaw-droppingly impressive, not to mention extremely diverse. We have Californian rockers Queens Of The Stone Age, country star Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter Holly Williams, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, LA sisters Haim, alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Nottingham singer Jake Bugg and legendary 'Gay Bar' hitmakers Electric Six.
Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are among the names confirmed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas in September. The two-day festival, set to be held on September 20 and 21, will also feature performances from Elton John, Keith Urban and a special pairing of Queen (with Brian May) and the former American Idol star Adam Lambert.
The main festival line-up was announced on Monday morning (July 15, 2013) in a press conference hosted by Ryan Seacrest. A final schedule will be announced closer to the festival, though Timberlake, Perry, Elton and Bruno Mars are likely to be the marquee names. The likes of Muse, Tiesto, Chris Brown, Fun, Phoenix, Maroon 5, Tim Mcgraw, Ke&ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi are other high profile names to have been confirmed.
Last year's festivals played host to No Doubt, Pink, Usher and Swedish House Mafia though it will be remembered for Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown during Green Day's set. After smashing the band's instruments in protest of his set being cut short, Armstrong left the stage and was admitted to rehab the next day, cancelling his band's tour dates and promotional appearances.
The iHeartRadio Festival lineup packs a lot of talent into just two days.
Prepare for strangeness, as the iHeart Radio music festival is once again upon us and it comes with an eclectic lineup once again this year. Said lineup has now been announced, and while there won’t be another meltdown from Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong, since the band won’t be performing this year, there are still plenty of names on their for fans of various genres to get excited about.
Productive as ever, Justin Timberlake will make an appearance.
For anyone who’s following current musical trends, Justin Timberlake and Ke$ha both feature in the lineup, as do J Cole, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, AWOLNATION and even 30 Seconds to Mars – pretty much everyone, who has an album to promote, it would seem. The festivities will once again be based in Las Vegas, taking place over Sept 20 and 21. There are some changes to the festival structure as well, with the addition of the iHeart village, featuring such talent as Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne. The village is actually a brand new festival stage – according to the official website “ On Saturday, September 21, from 10a - 4p, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village takes over a brand-new outdoor venue, The Lot, right on the Strip. ” The full lineup (for both the main stage and the village) is listed below, curtesy of the official iHeart website.
Devon band Muse performed their track 'Isolated System' live at Horse guards Parade in London on June 2nd 2013 following the world premiere of 'World War Z'. The track is taken from their chart-topping sixth album 'The 2nd Law' which came out in 2012.
'Isolated System' was used as the main soundtrack to book-to-film zombie flick 'World War Z' and the live recording was used with a new trailer-type montage featuring clips from the movie. The video features an ominous digital countdown, brief glimpses of panic and chaos in different parts of the globe and clips of protagonist Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family looking contented as they prepare for a day out, before disaster strikes while they are stuck in a traffic jam in New York as hoards of people run for their lives in the opposite direction. The song is a completely instrumental chiming echo with a gradual, crescendo-like layering of various instruments. As they had no doubt intended, it evokes such feelings of ill-omens and hopelessness that it is only fitting to be attached to an end-of-the-world situation.
As Brad Pitt revealed at the 'World War Z' premiere, the movie's producers had in fact been searching for a track reminiscent of Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' which is most famous for becoming the theme to 'The Exorcist'. Coincidentally, Matthew Bellamy of Muse had in fact been reading the 2006 Max Brooks novel of 'World War Z' during the recording of the album.
Brad Pitt helped Angelina celebrate her 38th birthday with some special gifts.
Brad Pitt really knows how to treat his missus Angelina Jolie doesn't he? The World War Z star snapped up $3,000 worth of Agent Provocateur underwear for her 38th birthday this week. According to The Sun newspaper, Brad handed over the gifts while the couple were in Paris for the premiere of his new action-horror movie.
"Since Angie has recovered from the surgery her and Brad have been acting like a couple of lovestruck teenagers. They can't keep their hands off each other," said a source close to the couple, "It was her birthday on Tuesday and as well as the underwear, Brad arranged for the French fashion designer Heidi Slimane, from Saint Laurent in Paris, to sort her out with a whole wardrobe full of new clothes." The insider said Angelina "teared up" after unwrapping the gifts and "can't wait" to marry the Hollywood actor. The couple are expected to tie the knot at some point this summer.
It's been a rough couple of months for Angelina, who underwent a double mastectomy to reduce the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. After the successful surgery, Angie now has just a 5% chance of breast cancer.
The premiere also saw Angelina Jolie make her first public appearance since her double mastectomy as well as a live performance from Muse themselves.
Brad Pitt was on the red carpet for the premiere of his newest film, World War Z, where he discussed at length his pride in the project, the intricacies of the plot and Muse being chosen to take on the soundtrack for the film; something that was practically destined to happen.
The rockers will turn the premiere of the upcoming Brad Pitt film into a live concert next Sunday (June 2)
The premiere of the long-awaited end of the world action-drama World War Z is due to take place in London next Sunday (June 2), but this wont be your average movie premiere though, as rocker Muse are set to turn the shindig into a full-blown concert for the expected 15,000 spectators.
The Brad Pitt-staring zombie epic, in which Pitt stars as a former UN investigator attempting to save the world from a strange pandemic that threatens to wipe out the human race, will premiere in London’s Leicester Square next week before movie to Horse Guards Parade Ground in St James' Park for Muse's performance. Paramount Pictures' President of Motion Picture Music Randy Spendlove (great name) also revealed that the studio are planning to fly US chat-show host Jimmy Kimmel to the U.K. to host the whole thing, which will be filmed and made available to the public.
Why Muse you may be asking; well the British band feature heavily in the movie's soundtrack, with the track 'Isolated System' being used a various points throughout the movie. Spendlove told Billboard, "It made the movie feel and sound really cool. After we layered in the music, we reached out to their management in the US and the UK to see how we could reach beyond the movie. We wanted it to be bigger than that."
Continue reading: Muse Set To Turn World War Z Premiere Into Full-Blown Concert
The Austin City Limits line-up looks pretty impressive this year.
The two-weekend Austin City Limits festival in Texas has announced a varied line-up for this year's bash, with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Kings Of Leon, Muse, Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix and Wilco on the bill. It will mark a return to the festival for KOL, though both Depeche Mode and The Cure make debuts.
Other notable acts on the bill for the six-day extravaganza - taking place on Oct 4-6 and 11-13 - include Vampire Weekend, D'Angelo, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit, Grimes and Bon Iver's new project Shouting Matches. Tickets for the festival go on-sale today at 10am at alcfestival.com. For those less concerned with the marquee acts, the Austin City Limits festival appears to offer plenty of interesting options for festivalgoers this year. Portugal. The Man, Grouplove, Jimmy Eat World, The Black Angels, HAIM, Noah and the Whale, Silversun Pickups and The Joy Formidable are also confirmed to play sets.
Last year's festival saw performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Shins, Weezer, Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, Iggy and the Stooges, The Roots and Two Door Cinema Club.
Continue reading: Austin City Limits Announces Depeche Mode, The Cure, KOL, Lionel Richie
Storm Thorgerson's artwork will live on in rock history.
Storm Thorgerson, the artist who famously designed the cover art for Pink Floyd's classic album 'The Dark Side of the Moon,' has died aged 69, the band's management confirmed to the BBC. A childhood friend of the rockers, Thorgerson became their designer-in-chief and fashioned a string of eye-catching creations.
The Unmistakable Cover For Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' [L] and Peter Gabriel's 'Scratch' [R]
In a statement, Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour said, "We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed," adding, "He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him."
Kate Hudson's life has calmed down - she's all about the family these days
In an interview with Elle magazine, Kate Hudson has declared that her days as a wild child are well and truly behind her, as she focuses on family life with her partner – Muse frontman Matt Bellamy – and her two children, Ryder (from a previous relationship with Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson) and Bingham. Kate fell pregnant with Bingham just two moths after she and Matt started dating but she says that although she was shocked by the sudden pregnancy, she thought to herself “this is going to be interesting.”
Talking about her current lifestyle, Kate revealed “I’m a lot less rock chick and a lot more about being a good mother, a good partner. I’m part of a family.” Hudson has a strong strain of rock and roll in her past though. Not only is she best known for her role in the rock movie Almost Famous, but she was previously married to the Black Crowes’ frontman Chris Robinson, before settling down with Muse singer Matt Bellamy. Matt and Kate met at the rock festival Coachella, though their relationship took a sudden turn when she unexpectedly fell pregnant.
“It was all very old-fashioned and proper and we went on lovely dates. And two months later I was pregnant… knew it would take a strong man to deal with it. You know that with a relationship things can go either way when you have a child… When you get pregnant everything changes: you, your body. Everything becomes a big decision. But he was there and that was that. Now it's three wonderful years later. Things happen for a reason.”
Continue reading: Kate Hudson Claims She's "A Lot Less Rock Chick" These Days
This year’s Brit Awards nominations look as though they were concocted by a group of strangers, with wildly different cultural backgrounds, on a drunken night out. Is this a sign that the mainstream music world is finally starting to accept that it’s becoming more and more acceptable to have diverse musical tastes? Or are the organisers of the BRITS simply trying to spark controversy? have they lost the plot? Or is this an honest reflection of the mindset of a 2013 British music buying public? Let’s take a look at the evidence, and scrutinise some of the more baffling categories…
British Female Solo Artist Nominees – One of the more sensitive and contentious issues, here, in the British female solo artist category. Of the five nominees, only four of them were alive this year. We understand that Amy Winehouse has a lasting legacy in British pop music. We understand that she was – and, in many ways remains - a tour de force. But, for the sake of the awards, we simply have to ask, at the risk of sounding flippant, what has Amy Winehouse done for British music in the last 12 months? Sadly, nothing. Her posthumous album (released in December 2011, we should add), Lioness: Hidden Treasures was politely and quietly denounced for being little more than cuttings from the studio floor. We simply can’t get our heads around her inclusion on this list. With Bat For Lashes throw in as the ‘alternative’ wild card, to lend a touch of outsider cool to the category, it’s between Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Jessie Ware to catch this one, we reckon.
Continue reading: BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: Diverse? Or Just Weird?
It, Matt Bellamy, On, The, Muse and Twitter - It would seem Matt Bellamy has broken a bone in his right foot. The 'Muse' frontman has posted this image on Twitter with the caption 'On crutches for a while :(' Thursday 29th November 2012 Copyright: Matt Bellamy/Twitter.com
Muse have long since gained the reputation for their outlandish stage shows, and their on stage theatrics were there for all to see as they played Manchester's Arena in the north west of England last night (November 1, 2012). The group have been causing murmurs by playing with a giant LED-covered pyramid above them which falls to the ground bit by bit as their set continues, eventually surrounding them. Even by previous efforts - playing surrounded by giant satellite dishes at Wembley stadium, playing underneath a giant 'space ship' on their 2010 - this has been an ambitious stage plan.
Continue reading: PHOTOS: Muse Finish Off UK Leg Of European Tour
The answer, of course, is no. But it's that time of year again folks: the Q Magazine Awards! Muse picked up the biggest gong at the event in London on Monday afternoon (October 22, 2012) known for rewarding middle-of-the-road and aging rock acts with offensively generic prizes such as one that now sits proudly on Matt Bellamy's mantelpiece.
Though Blur have been excellent in the handful of shows they've played since reforming, were they really befitting of best live act? Saying that, they were going up against The Stones Roses in a farce of a category. Dance act Underworld received the 'Innovation in Sound' award - whatever that is - while Jarvis Cocker picked up the 'Inspiration Award.' Q magazine editor Andrew Harrison told the BBC, "Our bands and our anthems transformed the Olympics... and amazing comeback shows from Blur and the Stone Roses showed the enduring appeal of our best-loved musicians." Hmm, ok Andrew, but what about the new British acts? Well, Emile Sande won best solo artist in another bizarre category featuring Noel Gallagher and Adele, while American soul star Bobby Womack won best album for 'The Bravest Man in the Universe.'
Elsewhere, Dexys Midnight Runners took home the Q Icon Award, Johnny Marr won Q Hero, and The Cribs won the 'Spirit of Independence Award.' Anyone hazard a guess at who won the Q 'Idol' award? Clue: frontman of The Killers. Sigh.
Albums of Note...After writing one of the official tracks for the London 2012 Olympics, Muse release their latest album, Supremacy. Our reviewer finds something lacking in the band's latest full-length offering, remaking that it sounds more like a soundtrack or a rock opera than a conventional album. Listeners will already be aware of the album's most contentious track, 'Unsustainable,' with its controversial dubstep elements but aside from such avenues of experimentation, Muse are still lacking a big hit from 2nd Law, such as they had with 'Plug In Baby.' There's potential for these songs to sound huge in the live arena but on record, this particularly collection of tracks is unfulfilling."Sprawling, bombastic and overflowing with ideas, yet somehow lacking something that's impossible to place."
Mumford & Sons return with a highly anticipated second album. Their debut release, Sigh No More saw the band's momentum grow at alarming speed and they have become a cornerstone for the nu-folk movement of British artists. Their second release, Babel is pretty much more of what you'd expect from Mumford & Sons. They've gone for the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' approach to songwriting and stuck to their distinctive sound that has stood them in such good stead up until now."Many of the songs here build to barnstorming choruses, and while Mumford has flashes of anger to vent ('Broken Crown'), his vocal delivery has a warmth and tenderness that seeps into every crevice of the record. With no shortage of memorable songs, catchy melodies, and reasons to buy a banjo, Babel succeeds on pretty much every level." We also have a new video from Mumford & Sons: 'I Will Wait' shows the band performing in front of a huge crowd As the crowd hold lighters in the air whilst the band play on, it's an atmospheric and moving representation of their live shows.
Muse's The 2nd Law can be summed up by listening to the first minute of opening track Supremacy. Sprawling, bombastic and overflowing with ideas, yet somehow lacking something that's impossible to place.
First single Madness harnesses everything that the band loves about Queen; their vocal harmonies reminiscent of Killer Queen or A Kind Of Magic, before Panic Station throws in a power pop curveball. Four minutes of high pitched vocal harmonies and inventive bass work from Chris Wolstenholme creating a Bee Gees-esque stomp that is as curious as it is smile-inducing.
Survival, familiar after receiving widespread airplay following its selection as the official song for the London Olympics, is one of the album's standout tracks. Anthemic and geared for Radio play, Survival is the most classically 'Muse' song on offer, Matt Bellamy employing his remarkable falsetto and enviable guitar playing to full effect. Yet The 2nd Law doesn't feel like an album, more a soundtrack or (at risk of providing more comparisons with Queen) even a rock opera. Instead of providing a dozen cohesive songs, each track stands alone in its own right and offers new ideas and evidence of fresh influences at every turn.
Continue reading: Muse - The 2nd Law Album Review
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