Muse ‘Psycho’ Review/RANT

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So, I haven’t posted a new post for ‘If You Ask me’ this month that wasn’t a poem or an update. Im burnt out, honestly, I have no ideas. I feel like it’s a chore to write sometimes, so I don’t force myself. Im still popular, sure, but I don’t feel the need to write as much. But enough about that, let’s review some more Muse, eh?

Yeah, Im still a big fan of Muse. My Track by Track of ‘The Second Law’ is one of my favourite posts that I have written, and 3 years after I first heard this album, I feel that it still holds up fairly well. True, I don’t listen to it as much now, but I do like it still, unlike the band’s 2009 effort, which the family doesn’t mention by name, for fear of upsetting Grandad, who disowned said album, for it’s strong Political propaganda. I made that up, but my version of events is funnier.

I make this review with the knowledge that a new Muse album is in the works. Drones will be released in the month of June, and in anticipation, the band has released a new single, ‘Psycho’. After having heard the song, I have a few things I would like to say, and doing it on my blog is the best way of communicating with a large proportion of my peers and fellow Audiophiles (Hello, Gerald). The themes of this new album are as follows:

Bellamy said regarding the album title, “To me, ‘Drones’ are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behaviour with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilizing Drones to turn us all into Drones. This album explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors.”

But enough about depressing stuff, what do I think of the new song? Yeah, I don’t think I like it. In short, I feel that ‘Psycho’ is a weak first single, but it does do a lot of things right. Discussing the single with my father, it is meant to be a slightly heavier sound, which is to appeal to the Donnington crowd for the next Download festival which Muse is performing at. And I felt that returning to the sound of their second album ‘Origin of Symmetry’ (which at one point, was my favourite Muse Album), and knowing the band promised a sequel song to ‘Citizen Erased’ (Itself, a badass song) I was really looking forward to this. But what did the song sound like to me?

IT ONLY SOUNDED LIKE UPRISING, DIDN’T IT?

It did convey a heavier sound, while the lyrics were repetitive, but that suited the themes of the song. However, I don’t like a few things, and those few things just ruined the song for me, personally. The swearing, for starters, turned me off. Not that other musicians swear in their songs, but Muse does it so rarely, it feels out of place, and strangely disappoints me, as a fan. The repetitive drill sergeant at the start also doesn’t help, but much like the song ‘Survival’, It would be better skipping that section. But I feel the songs themes are just too overkill now. And this is a concern I have for the album. While I joke about ‘That Album’, what I hated was the way it conveyed it’s themes, and while having similar themes, I felt ‘The Second Law’ did strike a balance between good songwriting, and conveying said themes. I felt that they sacrificed good songwriting for conveying heavy themes.

The song names for the album don’t provide me with hope. I suppose that is the point, but it is the third album to do something like that. Has Muse fallen victim to trying to keep the mainstream? I sure hope not, for I will be buying the album, like I bought that ‘other album’. I pray to whatever deity that the song I heard on Friday the 13th was a dud.

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