I just found out that the Welsh band The Joy Formidable are opening for Muse...that's awesome. Their debut album from last year is better than anything Muse has done lately (Muse are still making the singles but the consistency just isn't there for me since Absolution).
Anyways, they're a pretty terrific band and good to see live from what I heard, go watch them if you're going to one of the shows. I think this is one of their newer songs, I wish Muse made stuff like this rather than doing weird experiments. Just a normal rock song, starts off slow ends big. They do some terrific outros like the one at the bottom, wish Muse did more of that stuff still
I saw them live in Burlington, VT and it was great. Well worth the ride from Montreal. Whirring is ****ing insane live.
Really weird album. I'm sort of glad I listened to it though. I actually quite like tracks 7-9 (Animals, Explorers, Big Freeze), the deep album cuts which I don't think had leaked. Those are more in the straight-ahead melodic Muse style with echoes of The Resistance (which I liked).
The first 6 tracks though... so, so bad. They're almost so bad that they're good in a B-movie kind of way. The frustrating part is that they all have some good moments in them. It's offputting to hear them so closely mimicking other styles from various eras, I don't think it really works. They might've pulled off Madness if they had cut off the last 2 minutes or so. Major guilty pleasure territory.
The last 4 tracks are just plain bad with no redeeming qualities.
Overall it feels like the kind of album a band makes before they stop being relevant.
Despite the new album being meh, I'll be at both the Detroit and Toronto shows. Too bad they're a month apart. When they came around for The Resistance tour, I did both Toronto/Detroit shows and they were in the same week. Best week.