Muse released their seventh album on June 5, 2015 and within 12 days it had already hit number 1 on the Billboard charts. This was their first album to reach the top of the charts and the fourth in the top 10.
This album is as much of a social commentary as you can find in today’s musical world. Following a soldier who becomes brainwashed and begins killing at the will of others, the album takes a look at the ability of remote control murder and technological tactics that are being used.
Songs like the aptly named “Psycho” carry the story along. A drill sergeant yelling at a new soldier, “Are you a psycho killer? Say you’re a psycho killer! I am a psycho killer!” And the band reiterating, “Your ass belongs to me now.”
This album has received a lot of mixed reviews. Fans of the British trio are in love the album (aka reasons it rose to #1) and people who are not fans (Randall Roberts from the LA Times) see this album as a failure.
Drones, to me, is not just another album that is made for the billboard charts. Drones is actually an attempt to get a major discussion point across and to have fun while doing it. The album is almost an hour long, and at times it does seem long in the tooth (The Globalist), but at no point did I feel like I was wasting my time.
The album has two tracks that are to set up the following track. Both [Drill Sergeant] and [JFK], which flows into “Defector” very well, help carry the message of the album, even for those that aren’t following the lyrics.
Muse keeps their trademark sound with the heavy guitar riffs and Matthew Bellamy’s distinctive vocals. I think this album deserves to be at the top of the charts and I would love to see some of these tracks hit the charts as well. “Dead Inside” is currently at 10 on the Billboard Rock chart, but I think “Defector” and “Revolt” could reach the charts soon.
Songs to remember: Dead Inside, Defector, Revolt
Songs to forget: The Handler, The Globalist
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*Image from Muse.mu