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