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Seventh album from the Teignmouth alt rockers, produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard, Boomtown Rats, Bryan Adams, Nickelback)

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  1. 9.0 |   The Music

    Spectacular, epic in scope, epic in sound, epic in delivery
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  2. 8.0 |   State

    If In Rainbows is the album you’d hand a Martian who had just asked you who Radiohead are, Drones could qualify in this respect for the three piece
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  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Drones is the fearsome sound of Muse at their monumental best
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  4. 8.0 |   Digital Spy

    By taking themes that are familiar but genuine and crafting them into an epic narrative, Muse recalibrate their magnificence and pull off what is easily their best album in a decade
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Befitting of its proggy conceptual narrative about state mind control, it's an album of rambling interests. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Muse get back to the fiery rock that they do best, laced with new passion and principle
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  7. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    This may be their seventh album and they may be approaching veteran status in the world of rock, but they are still a force to be reckoned with
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  8. 7.5 |   Beardfood

    Drones is a triumph of simple ideas filtered through the minds of virtuosos
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  9. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Drones is utterly bonkers and silly. And yet, it’s for the most part enjoyable
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    This absurdly overstuffed synthesis is unmistakably Muse's own, so thunderous it drowns out any good intentions the band may have had
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  11. 7.0 |   NME

    A concept album that takes in pop stomp, glam rock and Elgar
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  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    This is the band’s most focused work in a decade, ditching the genre walkabout of 2012’s The 2nd Law for a more polished variant of their early, unkempt sound
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  13. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    At their most potent, Muse seem like an unstoppable force, using a three-piece rock setup to truly push boundaries
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  14. 6.0 |   The FT

    This is the Devon band’s formula, and it makes perfect sense, musically at least. But attempts to find another register fall flat
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  15. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A timely restatement of the need for popular music to evoke both thought and dopamine rush
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  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's much more fun than anything documenting complete loss of hope in a totalitarian state has any right to be
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  17. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The fact that they’ve chosen to revitalize the rock sound that made them successful to begin with bodes well going forward, and even if Muse is only sort of back, they've still taken a vital step in the right direction
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  18. 6.0 |   Clash

    Luckily, a good sizeable chunk of this album is good enough to stand alone, stripped of the high-minded concepts
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  19. 5.8 |   Paste Magazine

    In spite of its melodic clarity, Drones ultimately succumbs under the weight of its narrative
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  20. 5.0 |   Spin

    It’s a record full of fits and starts, baffling successes and giggly failures — at one turn
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  21. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    If Muse is able to find a way to express its political concerns in a manner that doesn’t bash the listener over the head, they might just find a way to get both feet headed in the same direction
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  22. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    What they lack in nuance they make up for in enthusiasm, and that’s probably exactly what a 15-year-old kid needs to start giving a shit about the world around him
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  23. 4.5 |   Pitchfork

    Whatever pleasure can be generated from Bellamy’s admirable melodic sense and overblown hooks is negated by Muse’s insistence that they’re profound rather than fun
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  24. 4.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Accomplished yet instantly forgettable - a most fitting curtain call for such a confused endeavour
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  25. 4.0 |   Mojo

    Few new ideas. Print edition only

  26. 3.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    A showcase of Muse’s utter downfall into a simple, generic alt-rock band, with more cheese than they know what to do with

  27. 2.0 |   No Ripcord

    Aside from a few crunching riffs and a smattering of neat melodies, there’s very little to recommend within Drones
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  28. 2.0 |   Under The Radar

    Muse have always been ridiculous and overblown, but at least they used to be a ton of fun. Can anyone remember how long ago that was?
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  29. 2.0 |   Time Out

    We used to moan that musicians didn’t write about politics anymore. Based on this effort, maybe that’s for the best
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  30. 1.0 |   The Quietus

    Christ in Heaven, this is a f***ing atrocity of a f***ing album. Absolute, grade A, priceless f***ing horsewank!
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