Muse’s new album is a “greatest hit of new songs”.
The ‘Plug In Baby’ hitmakers – who formed in 1994 – weren’t ‘in favour’ of marking their long career with a collection of singles, but believe they still provided fans with something of a retrospective on their upcoming LP ‘Will of the People’ because it crosses so many different genres.
Frontman Matt Bellamy said, “We were getting to a point where we were talking about maybe doing a greatest hits album, and we weren’t really in favor of doing it. So it’s almost like we’ve made an album that’s a greatest hits album – new songs.
“That means this album could contain a piece of metal – and it’s like the best piece of metal we’ve ever done. Or there’s a kind of sweet ballad, a love song and that’s probably the best ballad we’ve ever done, and so on.
“It’s a montage of the best of Muse. It’s a new approach to all of these types of genres that we’ve covered in the past.
Matt also believes it to be the band’s most American record to date after the coronavirus pandemic meant he and wife Elle Evans spent most of the lockdown in Los Angeles.
He told The Big Issue magazine: “I missed England. I didn’t think I would miss it as much as I do
“I went to live in America in 2010, but I always came back to the UK a lot.
“But during the pandemic, I had to stay over there and live in Los Angeles for two years. It really gave me quite a bit of exposure to the American way of life, American politics, and everything that happened during that time. All the chaos that we saw emerging in America, between the election and the inauguration, certainly had a big influence on this record.