Available either on double vinyl or CD from Warners. Matt Bellamy and co. are back, with almost 3 years since their last album as Muse, Drones is looking to be heavy bluesy riff-laden stomping affair with some, perhaps overtly cutting, views on war in general. But fear not, Bellamy’s still got that warbling tenor voice.
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6/10 Jack Customer review, 7th June 2015
Well, like many fading Muse fanatics I gave the first cut off the album "Psycho" a listen and was so very disappointed, then I saw the album art cover and pretty much immediately lost any hope that this would be a return to form. "Dead Inside" came next, followed with the tired "Mercy" and pretty much most of my interest in this album went away. It wasn't until some surprisingly engaging tracks were released before the album dropped that I decided to try Drones out. Drones is Muse's worst album yet with some of the best songs they've written in years - if that makes sense. Check out, "The Handler", "Drones", "Reapers" and "Defector".
2/10 Dan John Customer review, 7th June 2015
It’s hard to find positives in this lazy and derivative work, such are the many crimes against music contained on this disc. Even by Muse’s recent standards this is piss-poor, being basically a rehash of their old ideas, which themselves were only adequate approximations of greater artists. The nods to ‘influences’ are comical; embarrassing spaghetti-western bits, electro-pop, Keane-esque ballads, all mixed with over-produced wannabe Rage Against The Machine riffs. Eugh. They even managed to ruin a perfectly serviceable and much-loved 17 year-old live riff and turn it into a hilarity-inducing plod. But incredibly these are the *better* moments.
The last three songs are so utterly terrible I’m amazed the record label let them out into the wild. They are unlistenable. The last track, the eponymous ‘Drones’, is just Matt Bellamy doing some sort of choral acapella and is every bit as bad as that sounds. Then worse. What they were thinking I do not know. One of the few positives is that the album is ‘political’, and there’s something genuinely commendable in that whatever the quality of the implementation. It would be extremely easy to criticise the somewhat simplistic mélange of signifiers thrown at the listener, but it’s a big pop-rock album, so what do you expect? However that doesn’t excuse the generally terrible lyrics, which are a new low.
In summary only two tracks are vaguely listenable - ‘Dead Inside’ and ‘Reapers’, both for amusement really. This is not good music.
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