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Will Of The People


Will Of The People

Ninth album from the English alt rockers was self-produced and recorded on London and Los Angeles

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    It's a quick, satisfying burst of Muse essentials that cleverly forgoes the hits-compilation graveyard in favor of fresh material that honors both their evolution and dedicated fan base
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    The band ditch the awkward trend-chasing of 'Simulation Theory' to focus on politicised, guitar-oriented brutality. Yet there's sonic breadth here too
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  3. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    Nine records in it is inevitable that anything they do will have a particular sheen, but creatively, in performance, and in energy they continue to operate on a plane all of their own
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  4. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Muse at the top of their game
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  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    A brilliantly stupid and stupidly brilliant late-period masterpiece. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Its overload of big-picture polemic, explosive virtuosity and tune-rich entertainment certainly takes some unpacking, yet is consistently thrilling. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, the UK trio have chosen to hew to their strengths on their ninth album
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    If you’re not sold on their ridiculousness by now, there’s no hope. But if the people who are major Muse fans had a vote, this is the kind of stuff they’d choose
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  9. 7.0 |   Clash

    A very solid release, and proof of why Muse are still held to such high acclaim nine albums on
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  10. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    Overall, Will of the People is a serious album. Muse produce their finest material when they are collectively intense and concentrate on powerful concepts. However, the results vary when they allow their shoulders to drop
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  11. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    For (mostly) all the wrong reasons, Will of the People is the best, most engaging record to come from the band in sixteen years, and it’s quite possibly the most fun I’ll have with an album all year as well
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  12. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    The Dorset trio’s ninth is a missive from the End Times, which, as grim as it sounds, is pretty appropriate right now
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  13. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The appeal this time around is a live sound that encompasses all of their back catalogue so far
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  14. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Another collection of beefy rock songs with ridiculously overdone riffs
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  15. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Amid an OTT blizzard of musical styles, the English rockers meet doom head on, from the climate crisis to Liz Truss
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  16. 5.0 |   DIY

    A smorgasbord of dystopian-flavoured cringe
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  17. 3.7 |   Pitchfork

    Working under the auspices of another vague, dystopian narrative, the UK band slaps a shiny new label on the grafted remains of better songs and calls it the ninth Muse album
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  18. 3.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Will of the People has nothing to say despite so desperately trying to convince you otherwise, and the music supporting their non-stances is some of the most sterile, compressed compositions the band has put to tape
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  19. 3.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    I actually think that Muse would even be improved on their own terms if they had a tiny, entirely non-inhibiting bit more self-awareness; for this kind of escapism to work, you do need some grasp of what it is you’re escaping from
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