Muse – Will Of The People

Track Listing

Will of The People
Compliance
Liberation
Won’t Stand Down
Ghosts (How Can I Move On)
You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween
Kill Or Be Killed
Verona
Euphoria
We Are Fucking Fucked

 

You can’t hide the fact that Muse is a legendary act in the rock scene. And you can’t hide the fact they’ve developed and honed some memorable songs over the years. Though, not everything has been smooth and enchanting, as we know the big band syndrome kicks in, and sometimes mediocrity creeps between the lines.

Will Of The People is the band’s newly thought out piece of work, which truthfully isn’t all plain sailing and immaculate. And some of these songs do work, and then some fall by the wayside.

This is not a full-on swipe at a favourite unit of musicians, as they’re supremely talented and astute, but more an analysis of how their new album feels hollow and unfinished.

It may be that frontman Matt Bellamy has lost his lyrical spark, a spark which has made him a wonderful poet over the years. Or it could be the band has experimented a bit too much with this one.

Past records have had some unparalleled song-writing from this band; lyrics that are flawless and seamlessly fall into the minds of those who choose to listen, as well as expert chord progression from Bellamy.

Will Of The People just doesn’t have the same aura or wow factor, and it’s a shame, as Muse have it in them to create the spectacular once more.

The album starts with ‘Will Of The People’. It isn’t the most focused track, but there’s are catchy moments. Bellamy sings lyrics that have been done to death, though. ‘Liberation’ opens with a soft intro, followed by singing with more subtle notes. The acoustics are gratifying enough, and that dash of piano creates a different dynamic.

‘Ghosts (How Can I Move On)’ is another sweetly drawn track that blooms well. Bellamy shows his writing chops here, and this is what we want – lyrics which mean something.

‘Kill Or Be Killed’ is another song that sounds overly familiar, having been done before and feeling repetitive. Those riffs sound regurgitated. Though there’s a saving grace amidst the drama, as the solo lifts the song.

Will of the People isn’t Muse’s finest LP, but there are glimpses of quality to be had here. It’s not fully broken, but it isn’t completely memorable either.


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