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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: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 6 out of 37
  1. Dec 17, 2018
    10
    Muse is on fire, this album is the best since The Resistance. All the songs gave me Cyberpunk vibes.
  2. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    This one is both a masterpiece and motivational as such, brilliant in every way!
  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.

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    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 11, 2018
    7
    Let’s be honest: there are a lot of Muse albums that can be considered better than Simulation Theory. In my opinion, it's their worst album upLet’s be honest: there are a lot of Muse albums that can be considered better than Simulation Theory. In my opinion, it's their worst album up to date. It would be better to say ‘their least good album’ though, because Simulation Theory is yet another proof that Muse are one of the greatest living rock bands on the planet (even if not that rock anymore), since every record they release is just so exciting and different from the previous one. You can either agree or disagree on the fact that Simulation Theory is an experimental album. What’s sure is that this album is a massive display of creativity from the band. Sometimes they exaggerate going out of their comfort zone (Get Up And Fight), but when they successfully do that (Propaganda, Break It To Me), the results are simply awesome. Classic Muse never disappoint (Pressure, Blockades, Thought Contagion, The Dark Side) and 80s influences (Algorithm, Dig Down) are maybe the most emblematic characteristic of this album. Old school Muse are miles away, but saying that Simulation Theory is a bad album just doesn’t make sense to me. Expand
  7. Dec 21, 2018
    0
    Lol, more **** from Muse. Embarrassing, more than they are usually embarrassing, now their gimmick is they're ridiculous on purpose. Try toLol, more **** from Muse. Embarrassing, more than they are usually embarrassing, now their gimmick is they're ridiculous on purpose. Try to cash in on Stranger Things & Sci-fi, but they kinda forgot the music. Ah, well, nothing new, then.
    This is really gross.
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