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Absolution

Muse Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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Japanese Version featuring a Bonus Track: "Fury".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing Jan. 21 2005
By k
Format:Audio CD
After I heard HYSTERIA for the first time, I knew I had to have that CD. ABSOLUTION is such an amazing album; filled with sadness, melancholy and romance. The lead singer carries such a great voice, and the music seems so dark, yet hopeful.
There isn't a single song I would skip.
A MUST BUY.
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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Muse Breaks from the Mold with Absolution May 28 2004
By Alya
Format:Audio CD
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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By Andreas
Format:Audio CD
It's nice to see MUSE popularity grow each year. I first saw the band in a club in Stockholm with a capacity of 500, however the last time okt/2003 the audience increased to about
2500 people, 500%. And if MUSE continiues to release albums like this one i'm sure the capasity of the next show gonna increase with another 500%, aka 12500 people on their next one.
Apocalypse please is as pompus as a song ever could become with as one of you put it a "Mozart on speed" feeling to it. Sing for absolution, and most of the albums songs are representing MUSE at their best. If the band ever would do a greatest collection a lot of the songs would come from this one.
And for all of you that really love MUSE music please check Jeff Buckley out (Grace) , one of MUSE strongest influences...he's the source and soul of the 90's, and much missed since he drowned in 1997. Guess what the last track on their Stockholm show-setlist was... Intence is the word!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Feb. 2 2008
By Carlita
Format:Audio CD
Such a powerful CD. There isn't one weak song on this disc. I can listen to it over and over and never get sick of it. Haunting vocals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely March 27 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely
Apparently the third time was the charm -- little-known Brit-rock band Muse's third album was the one to break out in the US. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Underestimated- for now
This is one of the best bands out there right now and no one in North America has heard of them before. I think this is going to be huge very soon. Rock on guys! You deserve it
Published on July 6 2006 by Dr Doom
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Absolution is a great album and Muse is a good group.They have an extraordinary sound that not a lot of artists have.You must have this Cd.
Published on June 28 2006 by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEEEET
Get all the Muse memreobilia you can! You'll be able to sell it later at an inflated cost to fans who wanna get it in the future. Read more
Published on March 3 2006 by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars For simply amazing music get Muse
This Cd is awe-inspiring.Matt Bellamy's voice is truly haunting and incredible to hear.The guitar,piano,bass and drums all fit perfectly together.I love this band. Read more
Published on July 10 2005 by bryandd
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
there is no way you won`t love it to the very last note
Published on Feb. 5 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
After hearing this band the first time, I was struck by the vocal similarities of Matt Bellamy to Thome York, but that's where the similarities ended. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2004 by damian
5.0 out of 5 stars radiohead could learn a thing or two from these fellows.....
Where to start? ok, lets get rid of this radiohead comparison nonsense.
whilst i agree that the first Muse album does have similarities with radiohead, it must be pointed out... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2004 by M. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Muse - Absolution
WOW, this album is everything I wished Radiohead sounded like! Incredible riffs taking the listener into quite a heightened state. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2004 by Steven Kavanagh
3.0 out of 5 stars In what way are they not a radiohead rip-off?
This is a good cd. The only difference between this album and a radiohead album is that a radiohead is obviously much better. Read more
Published on July 22 2004 by Graham
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