’Madness’ will gain fans, as well as lose some… 20/08/2012
You can listen to the song here.
Muse have been one of the world’s largest, most successful rock bands for a long time now, and the hype surrounding their latest effort ‘The 2nd Law’ isn’t surprising. The band have stated once again, that they will be experimenting new sounds on the album, such as dubstep (on Unsustainable). In the past, the band has claimed to experiment with new sounds, like before the release of their previous album ‘The Resistance’. However, throughout the waves of experimental sound, there has always been that one aspect of a Muse song that sounds like Muse, and when you listen to it, you still know its Matt, Dom and Chris behind that layer of bizarre. This is clear in the song ‘Survival’.
The same cannot be said however, for their newest single, ‘Madness’. It’s some sort of blend of R&B and electro music, with even more hints of Queen.
In my opinion, Matt’s voice doesn’t sound at all comfortable in this sort of song, it just doesn’t seem natural. The song has a voice throughout the song saying ‘Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-mad-mad-mad’ which I suppose isn’t a bad touch, but the song acts as if it could be built up into something a lot more than a U2-esque ending that sounds nothing like Muse at all.
Some people may fall in love with ‘Madness’, but sadly I’m not one of those people. In my opinion, ‘Madness’ is one of those songs that will gain fans, as well as lose some. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a fan of Muse, but I honestly hope that ‘The 2nd Law’ holds more promising material.
By Daniel Tumani