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Muse’s New Song “Madness” Kinda Sucks. A Lot.

Muse has released a lyric video (with a lot of the lyrics missing) for their newest single “Madness”, which comes off their upcoming album The 2nd Law, out Oct. 2nd (iTunes pre-order). The song is a mellow electronic piece that has definite elements and influence from Prince and even some gospel touches. The video can be seen below.

The problem is that it’s just not a good song. I’m not saying that by thinking of all the awesome songs that Muse has released over the past several years. Even if this were not a Muse song, it would still be pretty boring and uneventful. I’ve forced myself to listen to the song several times and nothing special or unique jumps out at me.

One of my big problems is that Muse is comprised of three unbelievably talented musicians and their skills are basically going to waste here. Matt Bellamy is a wizard when it comes to the guitar, creating unreal tones and sounds. Christopher Wolstenholme is a beast on the bass and is known for his incredible presence. And Dominic Howard is a fantastic drummer that makes perfect use of dynamics.

So what happened here? Where is all that talent? Where is all that skill? I understand that the band wanted to dive into new waters and test new avenues. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw away what makes you such a solid band! Use the skills you have to make those new avenues something unique and incredible, not old hat.

What do you think readers? Are you hearing something that I’m not? Or am I right? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • EvanDickson

    I think it’s kinda cool they’re trying something different. Has some cool melody and changes at the end.

    I feel like they were getting into a rut of just arpeggiating everything earlier.

    • Jonathan Barkan

      It’s perfectly fine and, to be honest, kind of expected for a band to want to try something new. But new doesn’t always equal better. This song is very much a new step for Muse. I just found it to be a very boring step. However, I’m still excited to hear the full album. Perhaps it will make sense in the grand scheme of the album.

      • EvanDickson

        I thought it was boring at first but I kind of like the groove and the last 90 seconds really work for me.

  • emily_sandoval

    i love it,when you think muse you think of different sounds and experimenting with different instruments and this is exactly what that is i mean who else is doing what their doing.
    i myself can not get enough of this song!!

  • J-SiN

    Hmmm, It’s OK, kinda poppy, but a lot of their more recent stuff could be considered that. I look at it like my 11 year old daughter might like it and I can turn her on to their older music as well.

    Could this be Muse’s “Black Album?” Should I reference this article( )? They have yet to top “Showbiz” as far as I’m concerned, but they create some wonderful music and are extremely talented, live shows are stellar. Times change, people change, they’ve been around for nearly 15 years, maybe they’re just getting bored. I’ll wait until I hear the album before I completely bash ’em. After all, I survived “Music From The Elder.”

    • Jonathan Barkan

      I’m definitely not asking that they return to their old sound. All I’m asking is that they write interesting songs, in whatever genre they feel they need to tackle. While I totally commend them for doing something different, I just don’t find this song interesting.

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