Better than the hints suggested but still weak and tinny. Highlights Chris's contributions Save me and Liquid State, lows are the disjointed efforts and journeys into off the road styles. The Band seemed more alive on Jools Holland the other evening, but this seems flat. Yes Matt is a talented guy but string and brass sections scored y him and the number of people involved in the mixing delivers a case of too many cooks !!!!!!! Enjoyed Supremacy and Panic Station, but the rest is mushy and messy.
Perhaps the greatest talented power trio since Cream. But let them loose with all modern studio gimmicks and the messages are lost in show off confusion. There are hints of the old Muse that the earlier fans may recognise. The Album suffers from a lack of balance in songs and their production. The contributions by Chris are welcomed by me but seem to suffer from poor arrangement and engineering. This is the type of album that many band s put out every so often. All the odds and ends to make a record deadline. It follows on badly from the last offering which I felt was once again self indulgent. Muse have hit the AC/DC syndrome. That is to release albums with one or maybe two good tracks and the rest is sub standard filler. They know the fans will still buy into it. The Band then goes on the next tour, often named after the album and plays the two good numbers and then plays 80 pct of the set with the old stable numbers that drew the fans in in the first place. Matt's lyrical messages are getting boring. I would like to see the band regain its rocker roots and also try and write another "unintended" The guys are very talented but lets hear a band together not a project that sounds like session musicians on a fixed payment.
If Muse release another album I will wait to hear it first before I give them any more of my hard earned cash. BazzaBassman