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  • Audio CD (March 30 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea U.k.
  • ASIN: B0001VQE6C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (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
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 that muse were employing at that time the same bloke that produced the bends. go figure.
one band makes music that gets fans who staring at their shoes in misery, the other band have fans look up to the stars for inspiration. i know which camp i prefer to be in.
Absolution is an album for which the word grandiose scarecely does justice. even the little things seem to be huge.
from the Nuremberg style stomps at the very start to the massive grand piano chords on ruled by secrecy at the very end, the listener (and the neighbours if you turn it up loud enough) are treated to a rich and colourful musical landscape; whether you want a waltzing love song - (endlessly), to inspiring hard rock ((butterflies and hurricanes; with, might i add, your own little Rachmaninov piano solo) this is a cd with no musical stone unturned. if radiohead is a boring student with a his nose in a book, then muse is his more interesting younger brother who likes to get off his trolley on LSD and speed. (just say NO kids!)
listening to this album you'd wonder how the band make such a massive sound with just the three of them. well thats easy in the studio i hear you say. i thought that until i saw them live, at both the Mod Club and Glastonbury. the best live band in the world today, with the best album. no question.
stand out tracks: stockholm syndrome
butterflies andhurricanes
its difficult to sum up this album in five words without cliches, but ill try.
varied, progressive, thought provoking, inspiring.
thanks for reading.
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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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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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