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  • Artist(s): Wolf Muse
  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the British rock band was produced by Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback, and Timbaland. The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature alternate versions of several of the album's tracks.
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Something Human
My circuits have blown I know it's self imposed And all I have shared And all I have loved Is all I'll ever own But something has changed I feel so... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Nov 9, 2018
    82
    The group has scaled down a bit (how much bigger could they get?) writing, rhapsodizing and crooning about lighter topics than usual. Similarly, the group--along with co-producers Rich Costey (Interpol), Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Fiona Apple) and Timbaland (Jay-Z, Missy Elliott)--has also changed up its sound with a mix of electro-punkish riffs and sprightly beats filtered into its densely layered orchestration. ... Refocusing their ambitions in a way that won’t alienate fans but also keeps them anticipating whatever might come next.
  2. Kerrang!
    Nov 7, 2018
    80
    As a neon-lit tonic to Drones, Simulation Theory is bang on the money. But as an exploration of a new frontier, it's a genuinely exciting musical adventure in its own right. [10 Nov 2018, p.53]
  3. Yes, this is still Muse, but here they’re trying to be something else--well, everything else. They are avatars in a ridiculous simulation of teenage nerdery, inviting you to steal away from the nightmare, and into an electric dream.
  4. Mojo
    Nov 7, 2018
    60
    This Giorgio Moroder-soundtracking-Black Mirror approach isn't always successful. ... The slick AOR of Something Human suggests their decision to move away from riff-rock isn't wholly misjudged. [Dec 2018, p.84]
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    60
    Propaganda sounds like Muse are trying to be Prince, which isn’t entirely convincing, while Get Up and Fight bolts on a power ballad chorus to an elegantly restrained verse. But it’s still the less poppy moments that are most exciting.
  6. Nov 9, 2018
    50
    It’s clearly leagues below what they’re capable of, but they’re at least moving forward with the styles of music that they want to create, uninhibited by expectations rooted in the past. This is essentially a synth-pop album, one that is at times exciting and unconventional and at other times tasteless and rudimentary.
  7. Nov 12, 2018
    35
    As art, it is immature and vacant. As fun, it barely registers. It's less of a step-up from Drones than a step sideways, if only because the self-parody here feels deliberate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    this album is a masterpiece muse have delivered a classic in love this album.Finally muse are back with a bang. I love this album to the corethis album is a masterpiece muse have delivered a classic in love this album.Finally muse are back with a bang. I love this album to the core .My review for this album is perfect 9 on 10.))) Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    The best Muse album since OoS. Melodies, arrangements, and Matt's voice - oh my god, that "war with your creator" thing gave me goosebumps.The best Muse album since OoS. Melodies, arrangements, and Matt's voice - oh my god, that "war with your creator" thing gave me goosebumps. Perfect. Just perfect. Expand
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    Such an amazing album. Muse have't been so creative in years.
    I coud write an essay on how good this album is, but who cares, I'm off to
    Such an amazing album. Muse have't been so creative in years.
    I coud write an essay on how good this album is, but who cares, I'm off to listening again.
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  4. Nov 10, 2018
    8
    Simulation Theory is a solid effort. It combines 80's synth and excellent production to create one of Muse's most cohesive albums. There areSimulation Theory is a solid effort. It combines 80's synth and excellent production to create one of Muse's most cohesive albums. There are no immediate radio singles and there is no filler. It's a great listen from start to finish as long you are a fan of Bellamy's out of this world vocals and over the top bombastic musicianship. I'm still amazed that 3 guys can continue to make such large scale sound. No one combines Radiohead, Queen, and Prince better.

    Every Muse album lands on a scale somewhere between straight alternative rock and electronic, Simulation Theory lands more on the electronic side. The songs are not as memorable right away, but each song is concise with little instrumental meandering as in the past.

    Propaganda and Break it To Me are successful experiments. Everything else on here sounds like Muse of the past tweaked enough to be different. The Dark Side, Pressure, and Blockades are highlights. Weakest Track: The Void
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  5. Nov 9, 2018
    7
    Imagine riding on a rainbow unicorn through a synthetic world filled with neon purples and pinks. That's Simulation Theory.

    Simulation
    Imagine riding on a rainbow unicorn through a synthetic world filled with neon purples and pinks. That's Simulation Theory.

    Simulation Theory is a return to quality by Muse for the most part. While this album suffers some of the problems that plagued Drones and T2L, namely too much repetitiveness, lack of those real genuine ideas that their earlier albums embraced, Simulation Theory manages to take the 80s outrun aesthetic and inject so much pop into it for an awesome experience.

    Although it's too early to tell whether it's canon Muse, it's definitely fun experience. Standout tracks for me were Propaganda and Break it to Me
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  6. Nov 10, 2018
    7
    The synth-themed instrumentals are a nice shake up for Muse, but the vocals are pretty typical Muse and a lot of the songs on this album soundThe synth-themed instrumentals are a nice shake up for Muse, but the vocals are pretty typical Muse and a lot of the songs on this album sound like so many of their other hits. Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2018
    0
    Muse have deconstructed their music career step by step.. Big pity. From the 4th album they drive until the worst commercial band in theMuse have deconstructed their music career step by step.. Big pity. From the 4th album they drive until the worst commercial band in the world.. This album is a new proof. Expand

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