Falling Down Tony’s Awesome Loop like the walls of Babel – 03.10.12

Apologies I did miss a weekly update last week I think I finally got the balance right of fitting the blog in at uni so this weeks is going to count for two, hence the rather obtuse title but I am quite pleased with the finished result, although not 100% on whether it was the walls of Babylon or the walls of Babel that fell down but we’ll go with it. So, first post of last week was Down Terrace https://musicmoviesgenerallifeandsuch.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/down-terrace/ a review of Ben Wheatley’s debut who you may previously know for directing the awesome, Kill List. Next was a slightly late review for the main reason that I was late catching on to new band alt-j and here’s my review of their debut album An Awesome Wave https://musicmoviesgenerallifeandsuch.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/an-awesome-wave/. Then my final post of last week was review of the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD game available for download on pc, ps3 or Xbox, check that out here https://musicmoviesgenerallifeandsuch.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/tony-hawks-pro-skater-hd/.

Then this week I first looked at new sci-fi action movie Looper https://musicmoviesgenerallifeandsuch.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/looper/ which fell below my expectations, followed by the new Muse album The 2nd Law https://musicmoviesgenerallifeandsuch.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/the-2nd-law/ which exceeded expectations and finally I looked at the new Mumford and Sons record, Babel which kind sat just a tad underneath expectations https://musicmoviesgenerallifeandsuch.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/babel/.

Keep your eyes peeled this week for a review of the FIFA 13 and I’ll leave with a youtube of the entire new Death Grips album which you may have heard about online as it’s recently been the subject of a lot controversy, my review will also be on here some time this week, enjoy


The 2nd Law

When Resistance was released back in  2009, for me, it was confirmation that Muse were definitely one of my favourite bands of all time. However, as the years ticked by Resistance along with the all their previous albums really just slipped off my radar, I stopped caring about them really and when I picked them back up earlier this year Resistance didn’t have quite the same affect on me that it had in the past, in fact, when I compared it with their previous albums it didn’t stand up against them any more. Following this was the release of the official Olympic single, ‘Survival’ which, although not an awful song, killed most of my buzz for a new Muse album, I thought they may have lost their touch. The next song to emerge that would feature on the album was ‘The 2nd Law: Unsustainable’ aka the dubstep one. On first listen I enjoyed it, it is really cool that they do it all on their instruments but the more I hear it the more I think its just, basically, shit.

But then things turned around for The 2nd Law, they turned around hugely with the release of ‘Madness’. Chris Martin made a statement saying it was the best song they’ve ever released, now I hate Chris Martin more than most but I may well agree with him here. It’s quality is in it’s simplicity, a slow build up with an anthemic chorus and Queen inspired epic guitar solo, Madness is fucking awesome. Then the album leaked last week and it blew me away, the first three tracks (Madness being number 2) are all powerhouse tracks that burst out the speakers, stick in your head and generally provide a whole lot of listening pleasure. Tracks 4 and 5 are ‘Survival’ track 4 being an orchestral build up, and within the context of the album I actually much prefer it than I did before. After this the main stand-out track is ‘Animals’ which features a grand Spanish-sounding solo. The last two tracks before the instrumentals feature vocals from Chris Wolstenholme, the bassist, and they provide a nice contrast from Bellamy’s more powerful falsetto, the lyrics on the tracks are touching as well, particularly in ‘Save Me’. Then finally, we’ve got the two instrumentals, ‘Unsustainable’ which I’ve spoken about before but put amongst this set of songs feels even more inadequate. The final song, ‘Isolated System’ is a more classical effort similar to the three ‘Exogenesis’ tracks on Resistance, but ultimately does little more than help you forget there dubstep song but still isn’t bad.

The influence of Queen is hugely apparent throughout but it’s kept just right and ultimately provides the record with a much more complete feel than Resistance. The first three tracks and ‘Animals’ could all have an argument for being Muse’s greatest ever and there are a number of other tracks here that really pop, it’s just a bit of a shame that ‘Unsustainable’ is included. But, really, this is just an absolutely great record, I will think twice before doubting them again.