Over the summer, fans of British mainstream rock were thrown into genuine panic upon the release of two much-awaited singles, each by one of the biggest bands in England and Ireland, respectively. One of these notorious new tracks was Muse’s “Unsustainable,” which was heavily influenced by the dreaded genre of dubstep but simply wasn’t heavy enough to be good. The other was “Hall of Fame,” the lead single from The Script’s third and dryly titled album, “#3.”
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“Yo, are you free for some dome tonight?” I read the text and laughed, as if it were a joke. Hell, I thought it was! But no, he was absolutely serious. I knew that I was one of the more sexually experienced freshmen in 2009, but I had no idea that I would receive a text blatantly asking for oral sex. I know we often say chivalry is dead, but this takes it to a whole new level. I, in fact, was not “free for some dome” that night, or any night, sir.
Throughout five studio albums, Muse has wooed fans with sheer musical talent and an uncanny ability for reinvention. For the risks they’ve taken — from the infectious dance hit “Supermassive Black Hole” to the sprawling symphony “Exogenesis” — they’ve been rewarded with much-deserved success. Unfortunately, “The 2nd Law,” Muse’s highly anticipated latest release, falls flat.