Listen Up: Album reviews of Heart, Muse, Miguel
Posted October 1, 2012
New albums have arrived from Muse, Heart and Miguel.
Muse, The 2nd Law
* * * out of four stars
Like a film compensating for a sketchy plot with clever pacing and mind-blowing effects, Muse ratchets up the bombast, adding dubstep elements and funky horns to its prog-rock mix. Behind it is a heavy dose of humor or pomposity. Either way, it's a blast.-- Brian Mansfield
Download: Madness, Big Freeze, Panic Station.
* * *
Hearts tend to weaken over years, but not this one. Ann and Nancy Wilson stillbelt out fiery Zeppelinesque rockers, matching early hits with such fresh treats as the guitar-driven Dear Old America, kicking 59 Crunch and killer title track. -- Edna Gundersen
Download: Dear Old America, 59 Crunch, Fanatic, Mashallah.
Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
* * *
The 25-year-old singer smartly continues to distance himself from R&B's explicit, club-banging clichés with a subtlety seductive second album. The beats are spare, the songwriting is intimate and the overall effect is infectious -- Steve Jones
Download: Adorn, Use Me, Kaleidoscope Dream
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