The 2nd Law

Muse The2ndLaw

Release date(s)
September 28th, 2012
Recording details
October 2011 - August 2012, various studios
No. of tracks
Warner Bros., Helium-3
Muse, Nero
Chart position
UnitedKingdom 1
France 1
Japan 5
UnitedStates 2
Australia 2

The 2nd Law is the sixth studio album by Muse, released throughout most of the world on the 28th of September 2012.

The title of the album refers to the second law of thermodynamics, which states that it is impossible to create a perpetual motion machine. It was apparently chosen due to its correlation with the world becoming more and more technologically driven, that eventually we may destroy ourselves from the consumption of energy.

The lead single from the album was Survival, which was released on 27 June 2012, as the official song of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Four more singles were released: Madness, Follow Me, Supremacy and Panic Station.

This album split Muse's fans on release, primarily due to dubstep influences that were visible in two songs on the album. Interestingly, while Matt still provides lead vocals on most of the songs, two tracks, Save Me and Liquid State were written and sung by Chris about his battle with alcoholism.

Track listingEdit

  1. Supremacy – 4:55
  2. Madness – 4:39
  3. Panic Station – 3:03
  4. Prelude – 0:57
  5. Survival – 4:17
  6. Follow Me – 3:51
  7. Animals – 4:23
  8. Explorers – 5:48
  9. Big Freeze – 4:41
  10. Save Me – 5:09
  11. Liquid State – 3:03
  12. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable – 3:48
  13. The 2nd Law: Isolated System – 5:00
The 2nd Law