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  • Audio CD (March 30 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea U.k.
  • ASIN: B0001VQE6C
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 27 2007
Format: Audio CD
Apparently the third time was the charm -- Brit-rock band Muse's third album was the one to break out in the US. "Absolution" is definitely a dark little gem -- the songs focus on deterioration and lost love, set against classical-sounding rock.

"And pull us through/And this is the end/This is the end of the world." An ominous piano crashes into "Apocalypse," which is only one of several songs with a deathly edge, such as the epic "Time is Running Out" or the soaring "Butterflies and Hurricanes" ("Fights and battles have begun/Revenge will surely come/Your hard times are ahead..."). Even the most intimate song is the thoughts of a dying atheist, afraid of what is -- and isn't -- after death.

But Muse is also focusing on love. Dead loves, lost loves, and the idea of loves that can't or won't last out. The delicate, bittersweet "Sing for Absolution" is perhaps the purest example of this -- a love song for a woman who is apparently dead. Other songs focus on the mix of love and hate, and the feeling of love crumbling away.

That focus of death and love -- or both together -- is what makes "Absolution" so compelling. Muse is often written off as a Radiohead clone, but their sound is more complex, and their focus is darker. A riff here and there echoes of Radiohead, and Matt Bellamy's voice echoes that of Thom Yorke. But that's about all.

There's nothing spacey or eerie about Muse's brand of rock. Instead, they opt for a soaring, rich sound, with orchestral melodies. It's obvious that Bellamy has studied not just rock, but classical as well -- he integrates the epic quality of classical music into a melody written for guitar, bass, piano and drums.
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Format: Audio CD
"Absolution", the third studio album from the English rockers Muse, (14 tracks, 52 min.) is no great departure from their earlier albums, and I mean that as a compliment. The trio provides a wall-of-sound with heavy bass and drums, and scratching guitar riffs and solos all over, with the occasional pianos to add to the "heavy metal emo". It works great. Best tunes include the opener "Apocalypse Please" which oozes urgency, both musically and in the lyrics ("Declare This an Emergency...This is The End of the World"), the current single "Time Is Running Out" (in heavy rotation on MTV2 and Fuse), but also "Stockholm Syndrome" and the thundering "Hysteria". And can we get over the Radiohead comparisons already? What does it matter whether these guys are or aren't like Radiohead era-"The Bends"? "Absolution" is an outstanding album, period, and should be enjoyed for what it is, nothing more, nothing less.
Muse are bone-fide stars in their home country of England and, to a lesser degree, elsewhere in Europe. They headline the massive UK open-air festival V2004 later this summer. To put that in contrast: about two months ago, Muse played Top Cat's here in Cincinnati, which holds about 200 people or so, give or take a few dozen (at least it was sold out!). True story. I still can't hardly believe it myself.
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Mix the melodious renderings of Radiohead, and the addictive beats of Nirvana, adding symphonious melodies and you have Muse. Following the trend of their previous albums, Absolution creates a hybrid of a classical presence and powerful rock compositions, though the production of this album is takes a less industrial turn. Their growth is apparent in the lilting and inviting rhythms that mix perfectly with Matthew Bellamy's voice, like in the mesmerizing ballad "Sing for Absolution." They have abandoned some of the more eclectic styles, allowing the classical and modern rock to meld rather than clash, creating an enigmatic production.
A sign of their maturity as artists, the theme that resonates throughout the album is the desire to overcome inner struggles to find liberation. The songs embody a series of life's big and little problems, becoming an anthem for each. Every song creates its own world to enter, whether it be obsession, like the pompous electricity of "Hysteria", or indifference which comes from melancholy tunes like Blackout. Lyrics like "Don't grow up too fast/ And don't embrace the past/ This life's too good to last/ And I'm too young to care" cannot be ignored, and personify the prevailing emotions, while it is the hypnotic music which leaves the lingering effects.
What seems to be the heart of the album is "Butterflies and Hurricanes," which is at once intimidating and inspirational. This song with its provocative yet simple lyrics awakens the audience with Bellamy's voice that shifts from a wistful lullaby to a resounding operatic strain. His vocal styles mixed with the fusion of dominant orchestral authority with intense rock music create a song that leaves the listener breathless.
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Muse is all you see on my ipod screen nowadays... I can't stop playing their songs and I don't think i'll ever get tired of their unique and great music with those awesome guitar riffs that start out each song so beautifully and perfectly. And I can't help but get chills listening to songs from Absolution... but don't stop with just buying Absolution, buy Origin of Symmetry, Hullabaloo and Showbiz... they're all awesome. So they say that Muse sounds like Radiohead and at first when i heard some of their songs they did remind me a bit of Radiohead BUT Muse is unique in its own way. Radiohead is a bit more sad/moody (u know in that good way... cuz don't get me wrong i LOVE Radiohead)and Muse almost makes me feel like i'm ready for anything the day brings. SOOOOOOO BUY THIS CD... ACTUALLY I SAY U BUY ALL OF THEIR OThEr CD'S TOO!!! TRUST ME and all these other people who gave such kick ass reviews for Muse... which they are definitely worthy of...I would give them 10 stars if i could. Muse is my new obsession and soon it will be yours!
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