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Review: Muse – Drones

Drones (Warner Music)

Breakdown: English rock band, Muse, dropped their seventh studio album last week and sees their first release since 2012’s The 2nd Law. The band released ‘Dead Inside’ as the lead single off the record which did decently on rock charts around the world. The band have gone for a concept album with this release and it tells the story of the dehumanisation of modern warfare.

How Many Good Tracks: 8 of the 12.

What I Liked: Muse have been producing their albums alone for the past few years but tapped Robert Lange for this project – and what a difference! It seemed the extra input really allows Muse to shine on this record. The tracks are orchestrated in an incredibly different way and it makes for some great rock music. The guitar riffs are beautiful and many tracks on the record have that old-school rock and roll feel to them which I really liked. The whole album is incredibly melodic and I think that’s exactly what the band were going for with this. Vocally, the tracks are really great and lead singer Matthew Bellamy really stretches his vocal chords on this one.

What I Didn’t Like: As much as the idea of a concept album is great, it felt a bit cheesy for me. Yes, we know war is bad. Do we need a full album about it? I don’t necessarily know. The album sounds a lot like their previous albums which makes me wonder why Muse are taking a step back instead of a step forward – especially with the continuously changing music scene.

Best Track: Mercy

Rating: 3.5/5

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