It’s never easy to create a song from scratch. Sometimes it has to be in the right place at the right time and one of the greatest songs in the world will manage to fall through the air. Most musicians have a deadline, though, and there’s nothing wrong with copying their old material once in a while.
Although there have been many bands that just have a sound signature and spend the rest of their days copying that style, these are the times when you can tell the band was trying to write the same song again and see if they could get away with it. with that. You can call it lazy if you like, but there’s actually a lot of merit in hearing these songs the second time around.
While the original might have a sort of classic status, these versions almost give you a different take on the matter, either letting the songwriter go through different lyrics or trying it out in a completely different feel for that sounds like a new adventure when you listen to it through headphones. It might not be the most original thing in the world when you actually hear it, but it’s just a testament to the song if you can get multiple hits with the exact same thing.
The art of the con has really followed Muse since the beginning of their career. If you go back and listen to some of the great songs from Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry, you can tell that Matthew Bellamy was a bit fascinated by bands like Radiohead, taking Thom Yorke’s falsetto and combining it with songs that have to do with everything from the impending apocalypse to the dangers of technology. Muse built a completely separate universe for this kind of music, but they had to revise some old habits from time to time.
While preparing for their Drones album, Matt had mentioned that it would be a throwback to the more aggressive side of the band from their early years, while dabbling in some of their progressive inclinations. While we got some great rock tracks like Reapers and Mercy, something a little familiar popped up as we skim through The Globalist song. Using the exact same epic key and scope, it’s essentially Muse going through something like Citizen Erased off Origin again.
While the notes aren’t the same, it mostly has to do with the way the song is constructed here, ranging from the epic riff that kicks it all off to the classic section with just the solo piano and Matt’s vocals. They might take a few pages from their favorite bands once in a while, but Muse had honed their skills enough by 2015 to pull from their own playbook.