Single Review: Muse – Madness

After the release of the Olympic ‘Survival’ and the highly-debated dubstep tinged ‘Unsustainable’, Muse have released the official first single off of ‘The 2nd Law’ and like it’s title, it’s absolute Madness.

Combining massive synths and warped electro beats, Muse have produced a track that gloriously revels in the electronic sound of decades past.

Similar to ‘Undisclosed Desires‘, frontman Matt Bellamy whispers his way through ‘Madness’ before it’s Queen-style breakdown which is when it truly soars with Bellamy possibly taking a leaf out of Brian May‘s book for the ‘I Want To Break Free‘-esque solo.

The aforementioned dubstep influence is not present here, instead it’s a minimalist approach reminiscent of Depeche Mode with Wolstenholme‘s deep bass providing the perfect back-up to Howard’s solid drumming skills and Bellamy’s (always) magnificent and impressive diverse vocals.

Describing the inspiration behind ‘Madness’, Bellamy told NME:

“You’ve had a fight with your girlfriend and she goes off to her mum’s house for the day and you’re on your own going: “What did I say?” I’m sure a lot of blokes have that experience in the early stages of relationships where you go: “Yeah, she’s right, isn’t she?”.

The single is premiering tonight on BBC Radio 1 at 7:30 UK time and will be released shortly after on the band’s official site and iTunes.

4/5.

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