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Simulation Theory


Simulation Theory

Eighth album from the Teignmouth alt rockers co-produced by the band with Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback, and Timbaland

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  1. 8.0 |   NME

    With space-age rockabilly and EDM machine gun beats, this bizarre new album sees Muse retreat from the real world and into a 'Tron'-style pastiche of their own adolescence. You’ll be ashamed to tell anyone how much you love it
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    While Simulation Theory might appear to be overly polished mainstream trickery - all part of the simulation! - it's purely Muse at heart, successfully merging electronic-pop songcraft with their typically urgent, stadium rock foundation
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    Once more, they’ve turned up a kooky electronic rock fantasia that’s as wonderful as it is bonkers
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It might be the band’s response to the collapse of Western democracy, it might be a response to being told to tidy their rooms — but they have rarely sounded so inspired
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  5. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    On their eighth album, the trio again pivot to the present, using current affairs, pop culture tropes, and contemporary electronics to aim for Spotify omnipotence
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  6. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Simulation Theory largely sounds like the work of band who have the pressure off and are just going with it – definitely not a bad thing
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  7. 6.0 |   DIY

    If a Muse album isn’t meant to make you laugh, gasp and double-take in its ridiculousness, then we don’t wanna hear it
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  8. 6.0 |   Q

    There is enough here to suggest that Muse have found a new way forward. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    It’s still the less poppy moments that are most exciting: the cascading arpeggios of Blockades, giving way to furious power chords. Or Algorithm, with its none-more-jackbooted synth bass line, urgent strings
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  10. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Even when Muse almost become a parody act of themselves, they’re still thoroughly entertaining
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  11. 6.0 |   The Observer

    This is Muse very much in VR play mode, riffing hard on their love of 80s visual culture
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  12. 5.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A massive underachievement with respect to the band’s talent level, but at least they’re not lying to us about who they are anymore. This is Muse in 2018 – take them or leave them
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  13. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The band's more-is-more mentality often drowns out their best qualities and moments
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  14. 4.0 |   music OMH

    There’s obviously still an audience for Muse, given by the size of the venues they still sell out, and this will definitely please the die-hards, but most of Simulation Theory simply fizzles out without leaving much of an impression
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  15. 4.0 |   The Independent

    An overly polished, politically paranoid mess
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  16. 4.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The cover of Simulation Theory looks like the poster to Ready Player One and Muse’s mining of the Eighties seems just as deep: a set of references that have already carried weight for years
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  17. 3.5 |   Under The Radar

    As art, it is immature and vacant. As fun, it barely registers.
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  18. 2.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    An effective cure for insomnia
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