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We Celebrate Muse’s Politically Driven Concept Album “Drones”: A Career First Number 1 On The Bilboard 200 Chart

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We’d like to take a moment to give sincere congratulations to British rock band Muse.  Their latest album Drones earned them the top spot on Bilboard’s coveted top 200 chart for the first time in their acclaimed career.  Muse fans are likely to already recognize this milestone as an achievement that was only a matter of time. After all, the band has been playing to a growing and loyal fan base since before the release of their first album Showbiz in 1999, and their sixth album, 2nd Law took the runner up position when it was released in 2012.

This accomplishment is particularly poignant because the aptly titled Drones reflects the times as a concept album about the “dehumanization of modern warfare” in a narrative that progresses through the album’s 12 tracks.

While discussing the album’s concept on Muse’s Matthew Bellamy said: “To me, drones are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behaviour with no recourse. The world is run by drones utilising drones to turn us all into drones. This album 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.”

In an interview with BBC Radio 1 in March, Bellamy described Drones as “a modern metaphor for what it is to lose empathy … through modern technology, and obviously through drone warfare in particular, it’s possible to actually do quite horrific things by remote control, at a great distance, without actually feeling any of the consequences, or even feeling responsible in some way.”

If you’d like to explore this rather layered concept further and learn all about what made this political art album successful, check out the key tracks we’ve collected below.  We trust you’ll agree with us in thinking it’s utterly fantastic! Congrats Muse! It was a long time coming!

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“Dead Inside”

From: Drones

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“Psycho” (explicit)

From: Drones

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“Mercy” 

From: Drones

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“Reapers” (explicit)
From: Drones

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