Muse – Survival

Muse – Survival

 

Those ruddy Olympics -  When We’re Talking Music

Muse return with ‘Survival’ the first track from their new album ‘The 2nd Law’ and the official single of the London 2012 Olympics.

Survival starts off all grandiose with plinky piano and strings before snappy finger clicks appear like some fuck awful amateur production of Bugsy Malone.
As Matt Bellamy screams out Olympics style ‘inspirational’ lyrics "I’m gonna win!" "I won’t give in!" this begins to feel like it could have been an 80’s era Bond theme rejected by Shirley Bassey for being a bit too pompous.

One of the biggest problems with this overblown Queen esque ‘epic’ is that you can almost hear Brian May’s poodle permed mane blowing in the breeze.
As the band try in vain to salvage some credibility and resemblance of a traditional Muse sound, by adding screeching guitars over the final third it all begins to sound like a particularly nasty motorway pile up.

Excruciating and quite possibly aneurism inducing, my advice is too stock up on the paracetamol because this is going to get an awful lot of airplay over the coming weeks. 7/10

Jamie Gambino

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