The 2nd Law
It’s been 13 years of trying, and British band Muse still can’t quite crack the upper reaches of Stateside fame. This, despite Olympic-caliber baby-daddying (frontman Matthew Bellamy and Kate Hudson had a child together last year) and actual Olympic product placement: Muse’s dystopian anthem “Survival” recently became the least uplifting Olympic theme song ever. Its lyrics (”And I’ll reveal my strength/To the whole human race/. . .I won’t forgive/The vengeance is mine”) better suggest “The Hunger Games,” if all the parts were played by robots.
“Survival” is included on the band’s new album “The 2nd Law,” and it fits right in. A dizzying mix of arena rock, dubstep, prog and a whole bunch of other things it mostly doesn’t need, “The 2nd Law” is a mess and a hoot. (The title refers to the second law of thermodynamics, but don’t worry if you’ve forgotten it; Muse has hired Creepy Generic Sci-Fi Lady to explain it to you, in detail, on “Unsustainable.”)