The 2nd Law

~ Release group by Muse

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The 2nd LawCD13
  • XE2012-09-26
Helium-3, Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)825646568802825646568802
The 2nd LawCD + DVD13 + 2
  • AR2012-09-28
Helium-3, Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)2564-65687-8825646568789
The 2nd LawCD + DVD-Video13 + 2
  • AU2012-09-28
Helium-325646568789340650013908
The 2nd LawCD + DVD-Video13 + 2
  • XE2012-09-28
  • DE2012-09-28
  • GB2012-09-28
Helium-3, Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)825646568789825646568789
The 2nd Law (softpak)CD13
  • FR2012-10-01
  • GB2012-10-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)825646568802825646568802
The 2nd Law (24 bit/96 kHz)Digital Media13
  • GB2012-10-01
  • US2012-10-02
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)825646557783
The 2nd Law (box set)CD + 2×12" Vinyl + DVD-Video13 + 7 + 6 + 2
  • GB2012-10-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)825646568765825646568765
The 2nd Law2×10" Vinyl7 + 6
  • GB2012-10-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)825646568772825646568772
The 2nd LawCD13
  • GB2012-10-01
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)825646568796825646568796
The 2nd LawCD + DVD-Video13 + 2
  • CA2012-10-02
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)2-568789825646568789
The 2nd LawCD13
  • CA2012-10-02
Helium-32-568802825646568802
The 2nd Law (limited edition)CD + DVD-Video13 + 2
  • US2012-10-02
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)532066-2825646568789
The 2nd LawCD13
  • US2012-10-02
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)532065-2825646568796
The 2nd LawCD13
  • US2012-10-02
Helium Records (UK label)825646568796
The 2nd LawDigital Media13
  • XW2012-10-02
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)
The 2nd Law (Special Edition)CD + DVD-Video13 + 2
  • JP2012-10-03
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPZR-30444/54943674125531
The 2nd LawCD + DVD-Video13 + 7
Warner Music UK (formerly Warner Records Ltd., a branch of WEA International)825646559633[none]
Bootleg
The 2nd Law (instrumental version)Digital Media13

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Big Freeze
Follow Me
Madness
Panic Station
Supremacy
Survival
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/475177 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Muse:The_2nd_Law_(2012) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/953q [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/muse/the_2nd_law/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002406726 [info]
standalone website:http://www.muse2ndlaw.com/ [info]
Wikidata:Q745712 [info]

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One of the most remarkable characteristics regarding Muse, themselves an entirely remarkable band, is the sheer speed at which many of their songs are recognised as being classic compositions of the grandest order. A track like 2006's exquisitely bonkers Knights of Cydonia could only have been of their making. So it comes as no surprise that The 2nd Law takes no time at all to make its presence felt.

What is surprising, though, is that the band that so often would be Queen begins like Led Zeppelin. The swaggering Kashmir-style six-shooter riff of Supremacy is not only the sonic equivalent of a band bursting through the doors of a saloon bar and stopping the clientele dead; it also affirms that Matt Bellamy is a master of the guitar in the order of Metallica's James Hetfield or AC/DC's Malcolm Young.

The array of musical styles on show across The 2nd Law means that, like many of this band's past albums, it doesn't entirely coalesce into a seamless collection of songs. Panic Station borrows from both Queen's Another One Bites the Dust and Michael Jackson's Thriller, without ever attaining the majesty of either tune. But when this album works, it works well.

Survival, an official song of the 2012 Olympic Games, rides emphatic thumps, whereas Liquid State, one of two tracks penned by bassist Chris Wolstenholme, adopts a fluid groove. Closer The 2nd Law: Isolated System manages to unsettle the listener by use of a searching piano motif, reminiscent of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, famously heard in The Exorcist.

This may be Muse's sixth studio album, but throughout the group present themselves in any guise they please. Where they go from here is anyone's guess. But as it stands, this is a more than satisfying exploration into the unknown and more.