Muse: Will They Rise Again?

Graphic by Jill Martin

Graphic by Jill Martin

Muse debuted in 1999 with their first album Showbiz, receiving mixed reviews from critics. The song “Muscle Museum” at least put Muse in the public’s radar.

Showbiz was closer to the rock genre which Muse quickly veered away from on their second studio album Origin of Symmetry, defiantly placing them in the alternative category. The band’s sophomore album, which would later go platinum, peaked in the UK Album Chart at No. 3. Even today, Muse leans toward songs from Origin on concert tours.

Absolution in 2003 brought us the band’s first top-10 single, “Time is Running Out,” and was well-received by critics but failed to leave a lasting impression outside of the standout track. Black Holes and Revelations was the first time that Muse broke out of their comfort zone, reaching into new styles and themes. The album was one of the biggest boosts for the band’s popularity due to the high number of songs featured in films, TV shows, and the game Guitar Hero.

Muse finally achieved perfection with The Resistance in 2009, winning a Grammy for “Best Rock Album.” The three-part “Exogenesis Symphony” was a big risk musically, but paid off with the massive positive reception.

Finally, we get to The 2nd Law which released in 2012 and was the band’s first concept album. The detour into different styles, especially the dubstep on “Madness” just doesn’t feel quite like Muse.

We can expect Muse to bounce back to another massive hit in the future. Muse changed style moderately over the course of their previous albums, increasing popularity each time. We shouldn’t be surprised if another slight change propels Muse back up to alternative rock god status.

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