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Album Review

Though some may still consider them Radiohead mimics, obviously Muse continues to strike a nerve with their alternative hard rock audience, here releasing their third album of heavy guitars, haunted harmonics, and paranoid musings in Absolution. Frontman Matt Bellamy and company stick to the same disturbed, and sometimes disturbing, formula that's worked in the past: the emotional intensity and style of Radiohead, a rock thunder descended from Black Sabbath, and the baroque drama of Queen. Longtime producer John Leckie sits this one out, and in steps indie über-engineer Rich Costey. With Costey manning the desk, the music feels more polished and slick, but less epic and raw. Longtime fans won't miss a beat though, because Bellamy delivers the same Thom Yorke vocal impersonation for which he's known, and continues the same anthemic posturing he's lifted from Freddie Mercury. With song titles and subject matter fueled by fear of the apocalypse and worries about infidelities and random murders, the subject matter is as gloriously pretentious and lovably unlovable as ever. Newcomers to the band should expect killer guitars reminiscent of jackhammers and chainsaws, bloodcurdling choruses, and of course, tender passages of falsetto. A recurring motif of racing samplers suggests nothing less than a rock opera version of the score to Koyaanisqatsi, and then there are the occasional spooky moments where funky rhythms mingle with heavy metal guitars, suggesting a progressive Italian zombie flick soundtrack. There's little point in selecting highlights, because other than some slow moments that feel tacked on, there's not much variation in theme or mood. Many listeners will probably prefer to tackle the album in small doses, and only the most headstrong won't require a breather. Muse continues to make unrelenting hardcore art rock; Absolution is a tad cheesy, a bit too grandiose in its ambitions, bursting at the seams with too many ideas, and thus exactly what any Muse fan craves.

Customer Reviews

How can you not like this

Track by track
1. Intro- it's an intro. The end
2. Apocalypse Please- As a Christian it's a little insulting, but I do think it's funny. As a song it's really dramatic and really good. 9/10
3. Time Is Running Out- great bass line great everything you need this song 10/10
4. Sing For Absolution- Also great. If you find the piano verses boring then just listen to the climax. Amazing 10/10
5. Stockholm Syndrome- I know people love this song, but it personally just feels like a 7 minute guitar drum pound, which gets boring after about 4 and a half minutes. (Exaggeration) 6/10
6. Falling Away With You- the acoustic guitar is amazing and I wish it had been kept acoustic for the entire song or instead of making the electric so loud. It's still amazing though and totally 9/10
7. Interlude- it's an interlude. The end
8. Hysteria- Really powerful bass line really powerful guitar and singing. Just buy it. 10/10
9. Blackout- Meh. Not real memorable, not bad. Slow ish song 7.5/10
10. Butterflies and Hurricanes- can't say a whole lot, it's pretty good. 8/10
11. The Small Print- Ok, not a huge metal fan but this song.. This song is beautiful. 10/10
12. Endlessly- I know people love this song but it's just so boring and irritating... 6/10
13. Thoughts of a Dying Atheist- it makes you think while providing a great song. Again, I'm a Christian but still... The only real quirk I have is just bounce back and forth between this songs intro and Sunburn's... I'm pretty sure it's the exact same... 9.5/10
14. Ruled By Secrecy- haven't really thought about this track much. Rather disappointing end but it's not bad. Kind of like Blackout. 7.5/10
Overall 9/10

BUY THIS ALBUM

This album (besides Origin of Symmetry) is probably Muse's best album. It has the perfect blend of upbeat, electrifying songs like The Small Print, Stockholm Syndrome, and Thoughts of a Dying Atheist mixed with some slow yet beautiful songs like Blackout, Endlessly, and my favorite, Falling Away With You. Your Muse collection hasn't started and surely isn't complete without this masterpiece of an album.

Brilliant

First off this is a great album and you should buy it.

What I really came to say is regarding the Radiohead comparison. I first heard these guys at Warp tour promoting Absolution in like 2003. My first thought was that they sounded like a Radiohead (c. The Bends) clone. Like it was just an undeniable fact in my mind. Then again, I said a similar thing about Weezer's blue album, that it sounded exactly like the Pixies. When a sound is new and you have little to compare it to, this happens. As time goes on and other bands fill in the gaps, the comparison seems less and less striking.