In an interview with XFM after the NME awards, Muse have fuelled rumours that the next album will be more dance-oriented and influenced by artists like Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. The prospect of a club-style album is certain to divide Muse fans, after the initially mixed (though ultimately positive) response to the new direction marked by Supermassive Black Hole in 2006.
On the collaborations front, Matt didn't rule out the possibility of taking Muse in some uncharacteristic directions: "I'd like to get Timbaland to rap on something for a laugh... I'd love to write a song for Amy Winehouse [for the next James Bond theme], but I think she's busy with that Mark Ronson bloke..."
Alternative Australia magazine (January 08 ) :
Q. Have you been influenced by any other bands that are out at the moment, or any of the bands you saw on tour?
A. We toured Australia and New Zealand at the same time as Justin Timberlake in November - a lot of the time we were playing the same cities on the same nights. I'd never really listened to Justin Timberlake, but he was selling out bigger venues than us, so I had a listen to his latest album and thought it was really good. We also started listening to some stuff by Timbaland, who produced that album, his music sounds kind of similar, but I think it's going to be a big influence when we get back into the studio. I've already written a couple of things with more rap-style vocals, which is something I'd tried a few times in the past, but it came out more like Rage Against The Machine and didn't really work: it just didn't suit my voice. This time though, I think the vibe is right. It's definitely something quite different from what we've done before!