Muse is back with "The 2nd Law": an album titled after and thematically influenced by the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which concerns the inevitable wasting of energy within a closed system. It was about letting themselves go and enjoying themselves. Muse, after all, had earned it. "We all had a lot of great fun doing it," says Wolstenholme,"and hopefully you can hear that on the album. There are some real moments of positivity in the songs. And I just think everyone personally is in a pretty good place at the moment." "It feels like the best thing we've ever done," says drummer Dom Howard. "There was a sense of adventure making it." As Howard accurately describes it, "The 2nd Law" brims with "wild" sounds. It's exactly what Muse had in mind when they sat down last October after the completion of the two-year Resistance world tour. Within four quick weeks the trio had 13 tracks in embryonic but viable form. From solid beginnings came big tunes. Madness, the album's naggingly infectious first single, pulses with a grimy throb. It sounds nothing like Muse, and it sounds everything like Muse. In any case, any album that includes both "Survival", their po(m)p and circumstance Olympic anthem, and a song with the Queen-go-disco abandon of "Panic Station" can't, ultimately, take itself too seriously. "We weren't afraid of doing something that's just a dancing track," smiles Bellamy of the latter song, a groovy belter recorded wit.