by Muse


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624873327
catalogNumber: 48733
Rank: 2907

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muse   Primary Artist
Chris Wolstenholme   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Matthew Bellamy   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dominic Howard   Percussion,Drums
Paul Reeve   Background Vocals,Sampling

Technical Credits

John Cornfield   Producer,Engineer
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements
Muse   Producer
Wally Gagel   Engineer
Dennis Smith   Executive Producer
Storm Thorgerson   Cover Design
Rich Costey   Producer,Engineer
Darrell Lance Abbott   Cover Design
Chris Wolstenholme   Composer
Matthew Bellamy   Composer,String Arrangements
Dominic Howard   Composer
Safta Jaffery   Executive Producer
Paul Reeve   Producer

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Absolution 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
I cannot express how much I've grown to love the music of this band over the last year.  I'm completely addicted to it, and for a music-a-holic like me, that's truly saying something. I do not *not* like a single song on this CD.  I listen to the entire thing, beginning to end, or happily thrown in the shuffle.  I have some of the songs within my usual driving mix, and some that are absolute favorites! Hysteria, Butterflies & Hurricanes, and The Small Print are truly amazing songs!  I will listen to these over and over again!  Time Is Running Out speaks to me in ways most songs do not.  This one really works in my life right now.  Stockholm Syndrome and Apocalypse Please will be heard blaring from my car speakers on those rare sunny days! I cannot wait for more music from this band, and hopefully someday I will be able to see them perform live.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of a few cd's where all the songs are great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I said it all in the headline, but will encourage anyone who has never seen them live to go and take part, you will have the chills when you leave.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is probably one of the most legendary CD's of this year. Muse, constantly rejected by American audiences, now has the perrogative to say BOOYA to all those ridiculous critics who said they would never make it. This CD is dark and cynical but I go hopping down the street with this CD on full volume in my headphones. In general, this CD seems to be for any rock fan from a Strokes obsessive to Him & Her devotees. It's simply genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, I think Muse is a great band with very talented musicians. I'm speaking not only for this album, but their previous albums as well. I personally think they have a very unique sound, and they pull it off very well. What I like most about Muse is their ability to have crazy heavy guitar riffs and then follow that with a very soft and melodic piece. For Absolution, a few of my favorites are "Hysteria," "Sing for Absolution," "The Small Print," and "Blackout." I could pick just about any, but I felt like pointing those tracks out. Overall, great album and a joy to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd was great! It was a cd where it brings you to different worlds just through sounds and vocals. I love the hardness of some of the songs! Somehow Matt's vocals go with the hard rock songs! BUY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Muse doesn't get enough respect. Critics focus too much on Radiohead comparisons, calling them mimics. Yes, there are similarities, but they've got very strong glam and heavy metal roots which make them their own. Absolution is more song oriented than Origin of Symmetry, which makes listening to the entire album a bit daunting, but it's worth it. Experimental textures are all over (like the string quartet dominated "Blackout" and the discofied heavy metal of "Hysteria"), and they mesh perfectly with Muse's bread and butter prog-rock, best exemplified by the stunning single "Time is Running Out" or "Thoughts of a Dying Atheist." It's completely worth it, if you're willing to take a few risks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is great! I mean...phenominal. Muse is my new favorite band. I can't believe this even exists. Thank the music gods for this band of exellence. I was looking at MSN Music, and Muse came up for some odd reason. It let you listen, and play to videos. This blew me away. There is no better word to describe it. It blew me away. I'd like to shake the hands of these 3 great men.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well folks, I don't want to write the same things, However, if you want to pick up an amazing ambum, pain that is covered with sweetness, Jeff Buckley's Grace calibur, Radiohead's creep crawling on your skin, Ours's Distorted Lullabies that soars into space with endless joy ...if you want to pick up an album like that, go ahead pick up this album, if you hate it, emial me jazzydude666@aol.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a dedicated Muse fan, so I think this 3rd album is so beautiful it numbs the senses, just as its predecessors do. They may have the anguished sound of Radiohead sometimes, but they're not really like them at all. Essentially, they're more a one-man band and you realise that when you see them in concert; Matt Belamy is the composer, the vocalist, the lead guitarist and the pianist - very talented. It's loud and aggressive in parts and yes, here is Rachmaninov, metal and Freddy Mercury but very ingeniously done and the ballads are memorable.
bugalua More than 1 year ago
This CD has wonderful songs. I like it a lot. It moves my soul
Guest More than 1 year ago
Muse is one of the greatest break-through artists of our time. Combined with their meaningful lyrics, cheeky guitar riffs, dance-able beats, and Matthew Bellamy's outstanding vocal preformance, Muse is worth your time and money. Buy each CD and see their jaw-dropping preformaces live. They're worth every penny and minute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I bought this cd because of the hit I heard on the radio, I wasn't expecting to actually like the rest of the songs. The music was written very beautifully and the lead singer's voice is ear-catching enough to be absorbed in a person's mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really really like this cd. I absolutely can hear the similarities but I wouldn't say they "mimic," radiohead. They have this funky, i believe someone else used to words "glam-rock," mixed in. I was listening to the cd and didn't even notice till i thought about it that i was enjoying a trance-esque sythesized type sound backdropping the superb vocals. And that was only one instance. There were so many sections, synphonies in and of themselves. Def worth a listen no matter what rock genra you perfer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a breathtakeing album, muse have by far out done themselths. top 5 songs in by humble opinion 1. Our time is running out 2. The small print 3. Stockholm syndrome 4. Hysteria 5. Butterflies and hurracanes ,but to quote a great man : "on an album full of singles, where do you start?"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for something good to come out....My friend had me hear the Album. Just amazing. Blown AWAY!!!! I disagree with the review from ALL MUSIC, mentioning that this album is "tad cheesy," and lacks variations. I feel it's the anthesis. I've heard people talking about this Brit band that never tours the US and how amazing they are. I totally agree. Besides Thom Yorke, I think the singer reminds me of Jeff Buckley (another favorite of mind) and the singer from "Ours". They also have a hint of NIN and Tool. What a masterpiece. One more thing Matthew Bellamy is also a wonderful Piano player.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just discovered Muse yesturday and it blew me away..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started out by downloading "Time is Running Out", "Stockholme Syndrome", and "Hysteria". Then my freind let me borrow the whole CD to burn onto my computer. I've got to tell you, this album is just incredible. I can listen to it over and over again without getting bored, You can listen to each song individually, or to the album as a whole and still be transported to another world. But, if you listen to the whole album, start to finish, it just all flows together perfectly, just the way old school albums did. Overall, listening to the album is like listening to a Pink Floyd album. It tells a story that you just don't want to stop listening to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is amazing, the lyrics are prime. If you buy this cd or any of their others you will not be disappointed!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This entire album was beautifully put together. The music blew me away. I was awestruck at how great this is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the frontman of muse is not tom york's doppelganger - but they are both rail thin and dillusional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, this band is on a whole different level then the others. Radiohead is cool, but unlike MUSE, I don't have sit around looking for a really tight song that moves me in a way I can't even explain. This band is a freaking trip as I'm listening to them right NOW! Ruled by Secrecy WOW!