IN­SIDE THE VIR­TUAL WORLD

Three LPs that shaped the sound of Muse’s lat­est.

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums -

Missy El­liott Miss E… So Ad­dic­tive ELEKTRA, 2001

Missy El­liott rev­o­lu­tionised the sound of hip-hop with her first three al­bums, made with Sim­u­la­tion The­ory col­lab­o­ra­tor Tim­ba­land. The pro­ducer brings shades of her third record’s voodoo beats and static sampling to Muse’s eighth. ★★★★

Daft Punk Tron: Legacy WALT DIS­NEY, 2010

Synths have al­ways lurked at the edge of Muse’s mu­sic, but on Sim­u­la­tion The­ory they take cen­tre-stage. The LP’s mix of elec­tronic and clas­si­cal, par­tic­u­larly on opener Al­go­rithm, seems to take its cue from the French duo’s ex­cel­lent sound­track for a rub­bish film. ★★★★

Tay­lor Swift 1989 BIG MA­CHINE, 2014

The al­bum that el­e­vated Tay­lor Swift to the sta­tus of global su­per­star was co-pro­duced by Swede Shell­back, who won a Grammy for his ef­forts, and has now at­tempted to bring some of that record’s elec­tronic pop glow to Muse’s new record. ★★★★

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