My first thought upon hearing ‘Madness’ was “this has to be a joke”. But perhaps this is a bit too obvious of a reaction. If you put this camp, pure-pop number next to any of the Muse’s Origin of Symmetry-era work then, objectively, it pales in comparison. The band have taken a new direction, unique-apocolyptic-Muse are dead, viva pop-Muse!
So if you think about this song as coming from a different band, it is a catchy pop-number that sticks in the mind, complete with a Brian-May-esque solo and ‘I Want to Break Free’ style lyr… Who am I kidding? It’s rubbish. I’d rather hear Madness write a song called ‘Muse’.