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DRONES

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AlexisP.
2 stars I have a long love/hate relationship with Muse.

I started playing Bass by learning their songs, (almost all of OoS & Absolution).

But nowadays they seem to have been letting me down.

The Resistance, while an acceptable album has one problem. The influences are very notorius. Queen & U2 being one of them. While everyone is inspired by anyone, they got their influences to heavily in their music that sometimes I think, this is like a demo or leftover song from Queen. They say that they want to challenge themselves to change, but do they really do? Catchy, poppy songs, and grandioesque songs about revolution were there before in their repertoire. The Electronica side was being played with in Black Holes & Revelations, the only thing kind of new was the Dubstep thing with Follow Me that was an horrible experiment. From those albums, yes, they gave us some great songs like: "Animals", "Supremacy", "Uprising", "The Resistance", "Explorers", "Unnatural Selection", "Panic Station". Despite being great songs they weren't that new in their vocabulary.

Ballads before Explorers? Unintended, Falling Away With You, Starlight, Guiding Light.

Revolution songs like Supremacy, The Resistance, Unnatural Selection, Uprising? Well every single album has a couple of them.

The grandioesque, pompous arena rock songs were there before. So this wasn't really new to them.

With Drones, they said they we're going to be back to their roots.

I was pleased... until I've heard the album.

Psycho - an Single that has some of the cringiest wanna be revolutionary lyrics that makes Linkin Park be the new Rage Against The Machine. Basic hard rock song.

Dead Inside - Catchy single, I may say but well is another Pop/DepecheMode/U2/HeavilySynth inspired song.

Mercy - Starlight Pt II.

JFK and Drill Sergeant are spoken word tracks wanna be cult/smarter than in their minds sounded like a spoken word fragment from Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but in reality was poor and wanted to give a seriousness to the album.

Reapers - It's a nice track, heavily inspired by Rage Against The Machine (revolutionary message and the end with all that Guitar Explosion driven by Effects) Here Bellamy displays his Guitar Skills with that tasty solo and the Van Halen inspired Tapping Riff.

The Handler - Another nice track, great bassline by Chris, the atmosphere was intimate but met with anger.

Defector - Average song, cool to listen but really isn't anything else. Other crappy lyrics here too.

Revolt - Muse meets the Killers but with Matthew Bellamy laying down good solos in this shit track instead of The Globalist.

Aftermath and The Globalist are two of the most dissapointing songs, here all that tension and warfare messages and the (and another one, who could have guessed) anti war concept album should have been released in "Aftermath" but is just so mellow, laid back, you can fall sleep to. It doesn't portray an real Aftermath. The Globalist has this huge Spaghetti Western Flavour, and is the continuation of "Citized Erased". Everything went nice until the Classical Muse Breakdown Hard Hitting open String Riffs in the Low Strings. And all this crescendo/tension created that doesn't go anywhere and they gave us another tremolo picked solo (New Born, Knights Of Cydonia, Aftermath) wich would be nice if this was an leftover from Explosions In The Sky. Another Piano Interlude inspired by Sergei Rachmaninov.

And the title track is meh at this point.

AlexisP. | 2/5 |

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