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Listen: New Muse song'Madness'

Muse have unveiled yet another song from their forthcoming album ‘The Second Law’.

The record’s first official single ‘Madness’ sees the kings of bombast knock it back a notch to explore a more minimalist electronica sound. World’s apart from their first few teasers – the Olympic space anthem ‘Survival’ and the dub-step inspired ‘Unsustainable’ -their new tune is a low-key ballad. The song flows along to a poppy electro rhythm, with Bellamy crooning softly and momentarily breaking into a Prince inspired ‘funky’ guitar solo at the song’s conclusion.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the new record Bellamy said: “We are defined by the fact that we can’t be defined by anybody. There are electro-pop sounds and songs that are obviously classic rock. Then there are the orchestral things. [The album will sound like] three different bands.” As previously reported, those strings come courtesy of David Campbell – no, not Jimmy Barnes’ crooner son; the composer and former Radiohead collaborator who assisted in creating the music for the doomed Spider-Man musical, Turn Off the Dark.

While there was hope that the dub-step converts would be bringing their new sound[s] Down Under next year,Muse have recently confirmed that they will not on our shores until at least 2014. The trio haven’t been seen in Australia since 2010, although they did tour twice that year – headlining the Big Day Out in January before returning for a low key tour eleven months later. These second shows saw the band playing atop giant towers erected in the middle of arenas surrounded by what FL’s reviewer described as “enough End Of The World art direction to make it seem like Pink Floyd never happened”.

Listen to Muse ‘Madness’

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hellboy1975

hellboy1975 said on the 21st Aug, 2012

I don't hate it to be honest

thereisnokevin

thereisnokevin said on the 21st Aug, 2012

what a pleasant surprise after all that brostep talk. muse actually exercising a bit of musical restraint? what is the world coming to.

JohnnyPark

JohnnyPark said on the 21st Aug, 2012

its great! little bit of a u2 - achtung baby influence

snapcrackleROCK

snapcrackleROCK said on the 21st Aug, 2012

Dammit!!

...I read this as New Madness song, "Muse".

Sir Toire

Sir Toire said on the 21st Aug, 2012

It's not great, but I guess it's okay-ish. Still beats the shit out of Survival and Unsustainable, though.

Could've been a lot better without the "mamamamamamamaaaamaaaa".

ButtersBee

ButtersBee said on the 23rd Aug, 2012

meh... not my cup of tea but rekon commerical stations will piss thier pants over it.. irrespective, matt's voice is fckn magic!

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 23rd Aug, 2012

Dammit!!

...I read this as New Madness song, "Muse".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUpPVSb8cKw

That track was released around April

and this is a rehersal version of another new track "Circus Freaks"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LgUZlviuwk

Album should be out sometime soon?

humanracin

humanracin said on the 23rd Aug, 2012

I also mistakenly came here because I thought this was a story of a new Madness song.
(Death Of A Rude Boy sounds fantastic, even if it is a bit Ghost Townish)

Meanwhile new Muse song:
Dire, sounds like U2 choking on dub step produced by will.i.am

katie_fairservice

katie_fairservice said on the 24th Aug, 2012

this song is weak. it's making me regret coming to this page.

snapcrackleROCK

snapcrackleROCK said on the 27th Aug, 2012

Thanks, Jose. Got my skankin' shoes on ready...

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 27th Aug, 2012

I would've thought there'd be a whole lot more backlash on this song.
I mean, fuck!

01seb

01seb said on the 27th Aug, 2012

A lot of critics who usually bash Muse are actually giving this song positive reviews.

I'll admit the first half is pretty average, but once it gets going after the guitar solo, it's a pretty damn good pop song.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 27th Aug, 2012

I would've thought there'd be a whole lot more backlash on this song.
I mean, fuck!

This song is so average it doesn't really deserve any real level of outrage.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 27th Aug, 2012

The first half sounds kind of like a George Michael song.