Muse released their latest song, “Mercy” off of their upcoming album Drones. The song is the third single off of what will be their seventh album, and just like the other few have done, “Mercy” totally knocks it out of the park.
“Psycho” went back to the rock n roll riffs from that old Muse-fans (fondly known as ‘Musers’) fell in love with in Showbiz and Absolution, and “Dead Inside” combined the synthesizers and percussions that we loved in both The 2nd Law and Black Holes and Revelations. But “Mercy” comes out the box with heavy, dramatic Queen Influences and instrumental base line that we loved in The Resistance and Origin of Symmetry. In fact, if those two albums had a love child, “Mercy” would be it.
While “Mercy” definitely has some other elements besides the three main instruments that they’ve been promising for years to get back to, they never stray too far off the mark. In fact, the piano and the dramatic, arena scale vocals only amplify the guitars and percussions that drive the song along. The piano throughout the verses almost reminds me of “Starlight,” except with a darker message.
The thing that really pushes “Mercy” over the edge is Matt Bellamy’s vocals and lyrics. He plays his parts of narrator and main character very well, singing with all of the emotion and soul that you would expect the main character have. He also sets the scene for the story, and paints an absolutely breath taking picture of the story he’s trying so desperately hard to tell in Drones.
“The opening line of ‘Mercy’ – Help me I’ve fallen on the inside’- is a reference to the protagonist knowing and recognizing that they have lost something, they have lost themselves. This is where they realize they’re being overcome by the dark forces that were introduced in ‘Psycho.’”
– Matt Bellamy on “Mercy”
To summarize, “Mercy” is just the latest song to prove that they’re serious about getting back to their roots. And with only a few more weeks until the release of Drones, I can’t wait to see what happens to the protagonist.