So Muse's new CD has come to my doorstop early and I was fortunate that I got a few hours a solid listening to it. Personally I feel they have taken a step in the right direction. Lead singer Bellamy has dropped his falsetto singing a notch lower, and developed more of a higher pitched "Bono" type sound. While his singing is different it was a tad ear fatiguing in Absolution. Not so in B&R.
They have also toned down their music some, and have made it more of a "pop" type album. Personally I liked the move because Absolution was so up and down. One minute your bangin your head and the next it's soft and cuddly. B&R has more of a mellow feel to it.
Personally I think it's a fantastic CD, and it improves in Absolution.