Muse: Your track-by-track guide to 'Drones'
Teignmouth trio prepare to unleash the biggest rock album of 2015
On June 8, Muse will release their seventh studio album 'Drones'. Set to be the best-selling rock album of 2015, the 12-track collection was recorded at Bryan Adams’ Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada and co-produced by the band and Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, the veteran producer best known for his work with AC/DC and Def Leppard.
The band’s first fully-fledged concept album, according to frontman Matt Bellamy, the narrative of the album is based around the idea that “the world is run by Drones utilising Drones to turn us all into Drones.” Across its 12 tracks, he further explains, Drones, “explores the journey of a human from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors.”
**The album’s first single, and opening track, the robotically funky, understated Dead Inside picks through the embers of a broken relationship, drawing unavoidable comparisons with the end of Matt Bellamy’s relationship with Hollywood actress Kate Hudson. “On the outside I’m the greatest guy, but now I’m dead inside,” sings Bellamy at the song’s close. The protagonist’s journey into the heart of darkness starts here…
**A 21 second intro to Psycho. Less a spoken word track, than a shouted word track, as an uncompromising military officer begins our hero’s indoctrination.
**Based around a swaggering, bouncing riff the trio have been knocking around in soundchecks for 16 years, Psycho is the most back-to-basics, straight-ahead Muse track in years, a throwback to their breakthrough album Origin Of Symmetry. The lyrics, truthfully, are kinda terrible – a clichéd depiction of an army recruit being brutalised by the aforementioned drill sergeant that will be over-familiar to anyone who’s ever watched Full Metal Jacket: when the chorus screams “I’m going to make you a fucking psycho” you know this isn’t Muse at their most subtle.
**A kissing cousin of Black Holes And Revelations’ mega-ballad Starlight, Mercy is one of those slow-burning, twinkling Muse anthems which will sound absolutely huge when unleashed in stadiums. Bellamy’s lyrics concern “men in cloaks” who’re apparently trying to “devour [his] soul.” Never pleasant, that.