Album Review: Muse – The 2nd Law (2012)

"The 2nd Law," Muse (Warner Bros.)

Heavily influenced and subtle like an A-bomb, 4/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer The word “epic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but after Muse’s sixth studio effort, there is no denying that the British alternative rockers’ LP is just that. The new album, “The 2nd Law,” might not be as straightforward thematically as their last release, “The Resistance” in 2006, but it is a similar, yet broader beast, with influences ranging from Queen to Bachman Turner Overdrive to Skrillex. The album is enormously filmic and large in scale. The first track, “Supremacy,” opens with a loud, floor-shaking percussion that slowly morphs into tightly wound militaristic drums that back frontman Matthew Bellamy’s…

The Collegio Fall Music Preview

"Pines," A Fine Frenzy (Virgin)

Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer Click on the highlighted songs for a listen! Pines A Fine Frenzy (available Oct. 9) Following two critically acclaimed indie-pop albums, Alison Sudol, better known as A Fine Frenzy, is releasing “Pines,” her third studio effort. Accompanied by an animated short and a companion book, “Pines” was crafted as an ode to nature, and it is a response to the fast-paced lifestyle of the 21st century. “Sometimes I feel like the world has been strapped onto the back of a giant rocket,” said Sudol in a press release. “It’s hurtling us into the unknown at a pace we’re not entirely equipped to deal with.” The album will include the…