British rock band Muse offer the follow-up to 2012’s somewhat polarizing yet ultimately trademark Muse album ‘The 2nd Law’, with their latest album effort ‘Drones’. Featuring an arguably more stripped back approach to composition than what we’ve seen on the bands’ last few albums, ‘Drones’ presents a bombastic and over-the-top rock experience, where guitar riffs and motifs take precedent in a thematic album about drones and mind-control. All in all, it’s a rather quintessential Muse album experience, though one that seems to call back to Muse’s strongest years, featuring a number of tracks which really stand out nicely amongst Muse’s expansive discography.
‘Drones’ sees Muse going back to a more rock-orientated sound, with Bellamy’s guitars taking the forefront of most of the album experience. Much of the album feels like a call-back to Muses’ 2001 release of ‘Origin of Symmetry’, though hardly a repeat of the album itself. ‘Drones’ features Muse simply doing what they do best, offering up a grandiose rock album experience full to the brim of flamboyancy and more importantly, talent. It’s hard not to get pulled into the experience Muse present, which certainly manages appropriately rock out at the right moments, as well as bring in some lush and gentler moments when needed.
Those who were so enamored with Muse’s previous releases of 2012’s ‘The 2nd Law’ and 2009’s release of ‘The Resistance’ may find ‘Drones’ to stray too far away from what has previously been established. At times, electronic and symphonic elements work their way into the tracks, though it all seems much more held back and restricted to key moments, instead of being splashed around everywhere. Whilst this benefits ‘Drones’ greatly, it will perhaps disappoint those expecting a true successor to the bands’ previous output.
Muse’s latest album seems to be a step in the right direction for the band, taking their over-the-top and flamboyant musical style and combining it with undeniably strong musical tracks. Much of ‘Drones’ feels more meticulously planned, with there being attempts to hold back certain elements whilst still being an incredibly energetic and charged album experience. Whilst ‘Drones’ might not hold itself up against Muse’s strongest albums in their discography, it feels to be one that does stand out well in its own right, showcasing a side of Muse which felt rather lost in recent years.
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Muse’s latest album ‘Drones’ is set for release on 9th June 2015.