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Simulation Theory (Deluxe)

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Whether they're fighting alien invaders, shadowy government conspiracies, or the Apocalypse, Muse always do it for love. On their eighth effort, Simulation Theory, they attempt to break through the virtual matrix in search of that human connection and freedom from the machine. The least complicated or overly conceptual offering (for Muse) in over a decade, the 11-song set is focused and cohesive, blaring down a neon-washed highway of pulsing synths and driving beats while swerving to avoid the orchestral and dubstep meandering of their preceding 2010s output. Unlike these same predecessors, there's also no filler or wasted time, making it the most compulsively listenable and immediate Muse album since 2006's Black Holes & Revelations. Fully embracing their sci-fi tendencies, the trio dip into the nostalgic '80s, tapping the aesthetics of Tron, Blade Runner, and composer John Carpenter. After the dramatic opener, "Algorithm," introduces this new Muse era, they launch into "The Dark Side," one of their strongest singles to date, which blends the urgency of "Bliss" with the groove of "Map of the Problematique." Meanwhile, "Pressure" is a rollicking, horn-backed blast that wouldn't sound out of place blaring from the stadium speakers at a football game. From here, the simulation gets weirder as some of frontman Matt Bellamy's big influences rear their heads. His Prince love returns on the slinky, Timbaland-assisted "Propaganda" -- the type of camp that Muse have been perfecting for years -- while an homage to Tom Morello's guitar stylings -- wonky, down-tuned riffs and hip-hop scratching -- collide with Bellamy's pseudo-rapping on "Break It to Me." On the second half of the album, the mood is lifted as the simulation begins to crack. The uplifting "Something Human" is the "Invincible"/"Guiding Light" of Simulation Theory, leading into singalong anthems such as "Thought Contagion" and the politically charged "Madness" redux "Dig Down." Swedish singer Tove Lo even makes an appearance on the unexpectedly gorgeous "Get Up and Fight," a huge rallying cry produced by Shellback. On an album packed with such catalog standouts, the highlight here is "Blockades," which propels along a pounding gallop that recalls "City of Delusion" and "Knights of Cydonia." 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.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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1
Algorithm
00:04:05

Matthew Bellamy, Composer, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Sergei Prokofiev, Writer - Adam Hawkins, Engineer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Producer, MixingEngineer - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums, Writer - Aleks von Korff, AssistantEngineer - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

2
The Dark Side
00:03:47

Matthew Bellamy, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Adam Hawkins, Engineer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Producer - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Michael Freeman, MixingEngineer - Aleks von Korff, AssistantEngineer - Rob Bisel, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Beans, AssistantEngineer - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

3
Pressure
00:03:55

David Campbell, Conductor, Brass - Matthew Bellamy, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Adam Hawkins, MixingEngineer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Producer - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Aleks von Korff, AssistantEngineer - Rob Bisel, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Beans, AssistantEngineer - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

4
Propaganda
00:03:00

Angel Lopez, Producer, Writer - Matthew Bellamy, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Producer - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Timothy Mosley, Producer, Writer - Federico Vindver, Producer, Writer - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

5
Break It to Me
00:03:37

Matthew Bellamy, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Producer - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

6
Something Human
00:03:46

Matthew Bellamy, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Tom Bailey, AssistantEngineer - Adam Hawkins, Engineer - Muse, MainArtist, CoProducer - Rich Costey, Producer - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Nick Fournier, Production - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Martin Cook, Production - Noah Goldstein, Production - Phillip Broussard, Production - Tommaso Colliva, AssistantEngineer - Martin Cooke, Production - Michael Freeman, MixingEngineer - Randy Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Aleks von Korff, Production - Rob Bisel, Production - Tyler Beans, Production - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

7
Thought Contagion
00:03:26

Matthew Bellamy, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Chris Gehringer, MasteringEngineer - Adam Hawkins, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Producer, MasteringEngineer - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Martin Cooke, AssistantEngineer - Aleks von Korff, AssistantEngineer - Rob Bisel, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Beans, AssistantEngineer - Colin Willard, Production - Dylan Neustadter, Production - Sam Grubbs, Production - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

8
Get up and Fight
00:04:04

Matthew Bellamy, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Muse, MainArtist - Chris Wolstenholme, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Drums - Johan Schuster, Writer - Tove Lo, Additional Vocals - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

9
Blockades
00:03:50

Matthew Bellamy, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Muse, MainArtist - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

10
Dig Down
00:03:48

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer - Matthew Bellamy, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Adam Hawkins, Engineer - Brent Arrowood, AssistantEngineer - Muse, MainArtist - Ted Jensen, MasteringEngineer - Adrian Bushby, AssistantEngineer - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Spike Stent, MixingEngineer - Michael Freeman, MixingEngineer - John Prestage, AssistantEngineer - Laurence Anslow, AssistantEngineer - Philip Broussard, AssistantEngineer - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2017, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

11
The Void
00:04:44

Matthew Bellamy, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Muse, MainArtist - Chris Wolstenholme, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Dominic Howard, Producer, Drums - Randy Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Sam Grubbs, Assistant - Pete Winfield, MixingEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

12
Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
00:03:32

Matthew Bellamy, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Sergei Prokofiev, Writer - Adam Hawkins, AdditionalEngineer - Muse, MainArtist - Chris Wolstenholme, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Drums, Writer - Matt Bellamy, Engineer - Sebastien Najand, Producer, Mixer, Engineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

13
The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version)
00:03:54

Matthew Bellamy, Composer, Producer, Piano, Lead Vocals, Writer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Muse, MainArtist - Dominic Howard, Drums - Matt Bellamy, Engineer - Tommaso Colliva, AdditionalEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

14
Propaganda (Acoustic)
00:02:58

Angel Lopez, Writer - Matthew Bellamy, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Adam Hawkins, Engineer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Producer - Chris Wolstenholme, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dominic Howard, Percussion - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Timothy Mosley, Writer - Tommaso Colliva, Producer, Engineer - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Federico Vindver, Writer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

15
Something Human (Acoustic)
00:03:46

Matthew Bellamy, Guitar, Writer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Engineer, Additional Production - Dominic Howard, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Tommaso Colliva, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Randy Merrill, MasteringEngineer

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

16
Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)
00:03:57

Matthew Bellamy, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Muse, MainArtist - Rich Costey, Mixer, Additional Production, MixingEngineer - Martin Cooke, Engineer - Toby Jones, Choir Conductor - Torrence Gospel Choir, Choir

© 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2018, Muse under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK Limited

Album Description

Whether they're fighting alien invaders, shadowy government conspiracies, or the Apocalypse, Muse always do it for love. On their eighth effort, Simulation Theory, they attempt to break through the virtual matrix in search of that human connection and freedom from the machine. The least complicated or overly conceptual offering (for Muse) in over a decade, the 11-song set is focused and cohesive, blaring down a neon-washed highway of pulsing synths and driving beats while swerving to avoid the orchestral and dubstep meandering of their preceding 2010s output. Unlike these same predecessors, there's also no filler or wasted time, making it the most compulsively listenable and immediate Muse album since 2006's Black Holes & Revelations. Fully embracing their sci-fi tendencies, the trio dip into the nostalgic '80s, tapping the aesthetics of Tron, Blade Runner, and composer John Carpenter. After the dramatic opener, "Algorithm," introduces this new Muse era, they launch into "The Dark Side," one of their strongest singles to date, which blends the urgency of "Bliss" with the groove of "Map of the Problematique." Meanwhile, "Pressure" is a rollicking, horn-backed blast that wouldn't sound out of place blaring from the stadium speakers at a football game. From here, the simulation gets weirder as some of frontman Matt Bellamy's big influences rear their heads. His Prince love returns on the slinky, Timbaland-assisted "Propaganda" -- the type of camp that Muse have been perfecting for years -- while an homage to Tom Morello's guitar stylings -- wonky, down-tuned riffs and hip-hop scratching -- collide with Bellamy's pseudo-rapping on "Break It to Me." On the second half of the album, the mood is lifted as the simulation begins to crack. The uplifting "Something Human" is the "Invincible"/"Guiding Light" of Simulation Theory, leading into singalong anthems such as "Thought Contagion" and the politically charged "Madness" redux "Dig Down." Swedish singer Tove Lo even makes an appearance on the unexpectedly gorgeous "Get Up and Fight," a huge rallying cry produced by Shellback. On an album packed with such catalog standouts, the highlight here is "Blockades," which propels along a pounding gallop that recalls "City of Delusion" and "Knights of Cydonia." 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.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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