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MUSE – SIM­U­LA­TION THE­ORY

AN in­dus­trial thud an­nounces the ar­rival of the band’s eighth al­bum. From then on, Sim­u­la­tion The­ory takes the lis­tener on a roller­coaster of sounds.

The band’s sig­na­tures are here: front­man Matt Bel­lamy’s falsetto vo­cal runs, rock opera gui­tars and a bucket-load of bravado. Get Up And Fight, for ex­am­ple, is clas­sic Muse. But there’s also a vein of new ideas run­ning through its 11 tracks. Pro­pa­ganda and Break It To Me are pre­pos­ter­ous col­li­sions of sta­dium-size vo­cals, UFO sounds and vocoder-warped R&B cho­ruses.

Muse have re­turned to the em­brace of know­ing camp, and they sound all the bet­ter for it.

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