Drones continues Matt Bellamy’s fascination with all things conspiracy theory and the notion that we’re living in a dystopian now rather than a dystopian future - one in which we are under constant surveillance. However, the whole album comes across as a student’s first reaction to 1984 or The Invisibles, with little in the way of any nuance, critical thought or anything interesting to say. The album is a victim of Muse’s prior success with better albums that have paved this ground more intelligently and with better commentary. This is Muse for the masses – regurgitated and simplified and trying their best to become Queen. Do yourself a favour, listen to Absolution, Origin of Symmetry, Black Holes & Revelations or Showbiz – they’re the cutting edge, this is just a butter knife spreading their material far too thin.
Originally printed in Issue #323 of the Kirkby Extra, July 2015.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.