On February 15th 2018, British rock band Muse released a new single titled ‘Thought Contagion’. Prior to this, Muse had released the divisive song ‘Dig Down’, so where did Thought Contagion lie in relation to this?
For starters, I am an huge Muse fan and have loved the majority of their music. I love that Muse are known for experimenting with their musical style, ranging from classical to rock and to electronica. However, I am a rock lover myself so have favoured albums such as Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations, and Drones. Personally I wasn’t a fan of Dig Down as it simply wasn’t my cup of tea.
Just so you know, I have not looked into what any other fans have thought, so this is straight from hearing it first-hand.
As for Thought Contagion… I was quite impressed!
The song had an interesting tune to it, which I actually liked, but I appreciate it won’t be for everyone. For Muse it’s a bit different but that’s what they’re all about. The song gave me 30 Seconds To Mars vibes and of Muse’s previous songs; Invincible, Knights of Cydonia and Micro Cuts mainly through the electronic-rock ambience the song gives.
I found the overall song to be fairly stripped back to simple but so that it was pleasing to hear and was pleasantly catchy. I quite liked the song lyrically as it reminded me of the obscure surreal lyrics of albums like Origin of Symmetry and Black Holes and Revelations, however it wasn’t as deep as in past songs.
I found the tune of the verses to be simple but still catchy so that it works well. I found the chorus was again simple containing the song’s title which Muse seem to do over recent years which did remind me slightly of Dig Down, but to me I found this still worked well and didn’t seem repetitive like how I found Dig Down.
To me, the song seemed nostalgic and more like their classic songs whilst intertwining their more recent sounds into it. I’d normally say this wouldn’t work well but I found that it came together to form a catchy and pleasantly surprising song. I am pleased that Matt was using a vast range of notes that he would often use on past albums ranging from high to low.
I hope that Muse bring out more songs resembling this one for their less rock styled songs and have taken on board the criticism of Dig Down as I did really like this song! I feel that true fans will like this!
See this music video here…