Hey! A new Muse song dropped yesterday! It’s called “Dead Inside” and here it is! (NSFW warning – contains nudity.)
Ummm. Hmmm. It’s not my favorite? I really like the raw sound of it. But the lyrics are kind of…heavy-handedly melodramatic. WHICH I KNOW IS KIND OF MUSE’S THING. I know, I know, I know. But even this seems too oversaturated. “Dead Inside” is just so…trite for a song title. I’m just pretty let down here.
I mean, I get what the song is about. Rolling Stone calls it a “relationship horror song” which is perfect because does seem to be about an abusive or at least destructive relationship. It’s painful and horrifying when you think about what Matthew Bellamy is describing. This should really, really hit you hard. But for me…it doesn’t. Maybe in high school it would have…
Argh, okay, I’m not trying to wander into petty territory here. I’m just not feeling it. There’s nothing fresh about it. This doesn’t sound like new Muse music.
And maybe I’m just being grumpy because I know this is just a lyric video – but a naked lady thrashing around? Come on. I like the kaleidoscopic effects and that’s about it. It already had a subtle sexual vibe to it with the mirrored body parts. Something about those hands and fingers looked positively perverse in a way that was uncomfortable but satisfying. It’s not like this is a particularly novel effect to use in a video, but it reminded me of Goldfrapp’s “Strict Machine” which, it goes without saying, I like much better. Sure, you could call me a hypocrite since it features some bare-chested men (and close-ups of said chests), but the focus isn’t on that. There’s a LOT going on in “Strict Machine” and men’s bare chests are just a small part of it.
I don’t know. I’m just not impressed overall. Apparently, Muse released a lyric video several days before this called “Psycho” so I’ll have to go back and listen to that one and see if that changes how I feel about the imminence of Drones. But in the meantime? I’d rather go back and listen to some Black Holes and Revelations.