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Generally favorable reviews- based on 179 Ratings

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  • Artist(s): Wolf Muse
  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the British rock band was produced by Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback, and Timbaland. The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature alternate versions of several of the album's tracks.
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Something Human
My circuits have blown I know it's self imposed And all I have shared And all I have loved Is all I'll ever own But something has changed I feel so... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Nov 9, 2018
    82
    The group has scaled down a bit (how much bigger could they get?) writing, rhapsodizing and crooning about lighter topics than usual. Similarly, the group--along with co-producers Rich Costey (Interpol), Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Fiona Apple) and Timbaland (Jay-Z, Missy Elliott)--has also changed up its sound with a mix of electro-punkish riffs and sprightly beats filtered into its densely layered orchestration. ... Refocusing their ambitions in a way that won’t alienate fans but also keeps them anticipating whatever might come next.
  2. Kerrang!
    Nov 7, 2018
    80
    As a neon-lit tonic to Drones, Simulation Theory is bang on the money. But as an exploration of a new frontier, it's a genuinely exciting musical adventure in its own right. [10 Nov 2018, p.53]
  3. Yes, this is still Muse, but here they’re trying to be something else--well, everything else. They are avatars in a ridiculous simulation of teenage nerdery, inviting you to steal away from the nightmare, and into an electric dream.
  4. Mojo
    Nov 7, 2018
    60
    This Giorgio Moroder-soundtracking-Black Mirror approach isn't always successful. ... The slick AOR of Something Human suggests their decision to move away from riff-rock isn't wholly misjudged. [Dec 2018, p.84]
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    60
    Propaganda sounds like Muse are trying to be Prince, which isn’t entirely convincing, while Get Up and Fight bolts on a power ballad chorus to an elegantly restrained verse. But it’s still the less poppy moments that are most exciting.
  6. Nov 9, 2018
    50
    It’s clearly leagues below what they’re capable of, but they’re at least moving forward with the styles of music that they want to create, uninhibited by expectations rooted in the past. This is essentially a synth-pop album, one that is at times exciting and unconventional and at other times tasteless and rudimentary.
  7. Nov 12, 2018
    35
    As art, it is immature and vacant. As fun, it barely registers. It's less of a step-up from Drones than a step sideways, if only because the self-parody here feels deliberate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    Gotta love MUSE. One of the best bands of all time.
    They are allowed to experiment with their sound, takes big brass balls to do that.
    They
    Gotta love MUSE. One of the best bands of all time.
    They are allowed to experiment with their sound, takes big brass balls to do that.
    They make albums that sound amazing at their live shows.

    Big respect! Go MUSE!
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  2. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    This one is both a masterpiece and motivational as such, brilliant in every way!
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    Such an amazing album. Muse have't been so creative in years.
    I coud write an essay on how good this album is, but who cares, I'm off to
    Such an amazing album. Muse have't been so creative in years.
    I coud write an essay on how good this album is, but who cares, I'm off to listening again.
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  4. Aug 18, 2019
    8
    Great album from a really great band. This album feels so muse. It's not overly complicated but not simple either. It feels just right. IGreat album from a really great band. This album feels so muse. It's not overly complicated but not simple either. It feels just right. I understand people who thinks this is their weakest but I still thinks this is one of their most MUSE album to date. Again this album feels more like an 8 than anything else. I don't think it will become a classic like Origin of Symmetry has but yup it's good.
    My least favorite song on the album is Dig Down...
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  5. Dec 22, 2018
    7
    Sure, DIg Down and Something Human are **** but the fan criticism of this on Facebook is baffling. Not every song can be 8 minutes of falsettoSure, DIg Down and Something Human are **** but the fan criticism of this on Facebook is baffling. Not every song can be 8 minutes of falsetto with whammy bar solos. It sure lives up to expectations for me Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2018
    6
    Aesthetically, Simulation Theory works surprisingly well, but like Drones before it, it lacks focus, and most of all, purpose.
  7. Dec 21, 2018
    0
    Lol, more **** from Muse. Embarrassing, more than they are usually embarrassing, now their gimmick is they're ridiculous on purpose. Try toLol, more **** from Muse. Embarrassing, more than they are usually embarrassing, now their gimmick is they're ridiculous on purpose. Try to cash in on Stranger Things & Sci-fi, but they kinda forgot the music. Ah, well, nothing new, then.
    This is really gross.
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