16 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the retro-futuristic cover art by Stranger Things poster designer Kyle Lambert to lyrical themes of oppression, the English band’s eighth album, Simulation Theory, plays like an ’80s sci-fi flick. The opening set of songs lays out a bleak setting: “Algorithm” and “The Dark Side” are cries for help set against caterwauling synth-rock. Yet rather than wallow in despair, the band uses stirring oratory and a spectacular wall-of-sound to rise against systematic, technological, and mental anguish. They rally the troops on “Thought Contagion,” “Dig Down,” and “Get Up and Fight,” while “Something Human” shows that even a platinum-selling megaband needs a reassuring hug sometimes. The one Simulation Theory song that will surely inspire debate is “Propaganda,” the trio’s collaboration with producer Timbaland. On it, lead singer Matt Bellamy locks into a sexy falsetto while Timbaland puts his foot (and a slide guitar) into the track. Will longtime Muse fans accept a Timberlake-like pure-pop turn from Bellamy? It’s a tipping point but one that was inevitable; after exploring darkness on Drones, The 2nd Law, and The Resistance, Simulation Theory shows the band embracing fresh styles. The Deluxe Version also includes acoustic, gospel, and “alternative reality” versions of five tracks.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

From the retro-futuristic cover art by Stranger Things poster designer Kyle Lambert to lyrical themes of oppression, the English band’s eighth album, Simulation Theory, plays like an ’80s sci-fi flick. The opening set of songs lays out a bleak setting: “Algorithm” and “The Dark Side” are cries for help set against caterwauling synth-rock. Yet rather than wallow in despair, the band uses stirring oratory and a spectacular wall-of-sound to rise against systematic, technological, and mental anguish. They rally the troops on “Thought Contagion,” “Dig Down,” and “Get Up and Fight,” while “Something Human” shows that even a platinum-selling megaband needs a reassuring hug sometimes. The one Simulation Theory song that will surely inspire debate is “Propaganda,” the trio’s collaboration with producer Timbaland. On it, lead singer Matt Bellamy locks into a sexy falsetto while Timbaland puts his foot (and a slide guitar) into the track. Will longtime Muse fans accept a Timberlake-like pure-pop turn from Bellamy? It’s a tipping point but one that was inevitable; after exploring darkness on Drones, The 2nd Law, and The Resistance, Simulation Theory shows the band embracing fresh styles. The Deluxe Version also includes acoustic, gospel, and “alternative reality” versions of five tracks.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
305 Ratings

305 Ratings

PunisherCork ,

Little guitars?

I really love Muse, but why is it that every album comes out it sounds like they sold all their guitars? I don't mind when a band takes a chance and changes their direction but theres no songs revealed yet that are guitar heavy like they used to.

Cicada3301end ,

Killer album

The singles don’t do the album justice. Blockades, Algorithm, and Break It To Me are the standouts here.

AndyRoo1564 ,

This is an awesome album.

I love the new style! I know it’s a shift in a different direction compared to their previous albums, but I think if they didn’t do this, then they would just be stuck in the same sound. They’re like Queen, their sound would kind of change album to album after A Night At The Opera. And that’s ok! Band’s that can change sounds like this show that they are truly a talented group of individuals with great amounts a creativity.

Muse. Keep being Muse, one of the best bands of our generations. Love you guys!

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