Muse
Absolution


4.0
excellent

Review

by Proworks31 USER (8 Reviews)
August 27th, 2011 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bellamy and his space men release another album that revolves around Bellamy, however everything flows together perfectly to create an absolute beast of an album

An Apocalypse is a very popular theme for an album, and it has been done many times before. Muse release their third album under a truck-load of critics labelling them as ‘Radiohead rip-offs.’ Absolution marks the official turning point for Muse, far away from that Radiohead style of music, to their own ingenious creation; Space Rock. Belllamy and his astronauts release an extremely comprehensive album, and their most coherent to date.

After a brief intro to the album, you are suddenly met with clashing piano chords, which contrast with each other creating a beautiful finish. "Apocalypse Please" is played completely without guitar. The loud and alert piano wars with itself, and is backed up by solid drum work by Dominic Howard. Throughout the duration of this song Bellamy sings with an extreme level of urgency, and the lyrics ”This is the end/This is the end of the world consolidates the theme for Absolution. This track really sets the tone for the entire album; faster, louder, and chock-full of Bellamy’s brilliant vocals. His vocal weaponry is extraordinary, from the hushed vocals on "Sing for Absolution" to the raging, fiery barking in "Hysteria" he has it all.

Absolution is the first Muse album to have coherent guitar riffs performed by Bellamy. He really explores some heavier guitar-work, providing some nice head-banging material on certain songs. On songs like "Stockholm Syndrome" you could even go as far to say that it could fuel the beginning of a mosh pit. The tone of the guitar is particularly distorted, much like Chris Wolstenholme’s bass. This adds to the slightly ‘out-of-this-world’ atmosphere that Muse creates in many of its songs. As far as under the radar bassists go, Chris is one of the best. On many occasions throughout the album he has his own subtle bass solos ("Time is Running Out") which are really effective. Guitar solos are fairly scarce (or lacking in length) but when they do arrive, they are phenomenal. The solo featured on "Hysteria" never fails to amaze, as the obvious use of guitar effects and distortion work together as well as strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Muse, being an experimental band, have many ‘what-the"’ cameos throughout Absolution. Piano is frequently used throughout the album, most notably a lengthy piano solo on "Butterflies and Hurricanes" which is an absolutely stunning piece of music that Bellamy pulls up to the plate. The experimentation really comes into the spotlight when the track "Blackout" sways into your senses. The song is based around an alternating orchestral section, and Matthew Bellamy trials sincerity, falsetto and different tones of singing throughout the entire track to great success. The feel of the song is very similar to the Exogenesis series Muse released in their latest album.

Surprisingly enough, Absolution contains four different ballads ("Sing For Absolution", "Falling Away With You", "Endlessly" and "Ruled By Secrecy") something that bands usually keep to a minimum. However, for the most part, Bellamy and his space warriors pull of these ballads to the greatest possible level. "Falling Away With You" is one of the most emotional songs in the album, Bellamy’s vocals during the verse are so full of compassion that it could even soften up the greatest school-yard bully. "Endlessly"and "Sing For Absolution" are both solid tracks and revolve around Howard’s drumming and Bellamy’s vocals which lift them above par.

Muse release one of their best albums yet, containing 14 solid tracks that most critics would find really hard to complain about. Aside from "Ruled By Secrecy"(until the piano kicks in) and "Thoughts of a Dying Atheist" dragging on a fair amount, the album has a limited number of flaws. It is extremely surprising for an experimental band to release an LP to this standard, especially when they had the title ‘Radiohead wannabees’ dumped on their heads after the release of Showbiz.

Recommended Tracks
Falling Away With You
Hysteria
Butterflies and Hurricanes
Time is Running Out



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Proworks31
August 27th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

brb editing



The bolding makes it look pretty shit but whatever.

TAKE TWO.



Man I wanna do a review of Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards. I mean what the hell are they? They

always come up when I'm trying to submit a review.

Proworks31
August 27th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meh, this album is my favourite, but Origin of Symmetry is an awesome album too.

Bliss is a brilliant song.

Proworks31
August 27th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I know, I did mention it in the comment, I'll edit that shit out ahha.

Thanks.

sublimefan1991
August 27th 2011


817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, although i love the beginning of "ruled by secrecy" and don't really think any part of that song's a drag. whole album kicks so much ass.

Proworks31
August 27th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, well lets mutually agree the second half is awesome. IMO it's much like hoodoo, it takes a while to warm up to

Timeizillmatic9
August 27th 2011


256 Comments


I hate to sound like a douche but Muse didn't really create space rock as you say, it was a stylistic offshoot of psychedelic rock pioneered by groups like Hawkwind and Pink Floyd. Good review though.

Proworks31
August 27th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes you are right, but when I was talking about space rock I was more referring to their own style of it.



Bellamy is straight up just weird. haha.

Thanks though.

Proworks31
August 27th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Alright I fixed up the bold tagging.

Mynameisluke
August 27th 2011


82 Comments


orly.
Shit album, shit review.

Proworks31
August 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, appreciate the feedback.

Eko
August 28th 2011


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent review, pos. if this didnt lose so much steam after Blackout it might be a 4.5. Sing for Absolution is my favorite I think.

Proworks31
August 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks!

Yeah after Blackout it does slow down a bit, but still a great album.

My favourite's probably Falling Away With You or apocalypse please.



Bliss is overall my fave by Muse though.

Mynameisluke
August 28th 2011


82 Comments


My favourite by Muse is Undisclosed Desires, and I even hate that song.
The Exogenital series are astoundingly awful.

Proworks31
August 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea but your names luke so your opinon is invalid.





OneMoreRoland
August 28th 2011


1053 Comments


Damn. Didn't realize this came out in 2003... They really are due for another (good) album

Proworks31
August 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell Yeah. Resistance is the definition of mediocrity.

Textures
August 28th 2011


76 Comments


i really need to hear this album, the resistance if one of my favorite albums ever

Benwx
August 28th 2011


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you love the resistance this will sh!t all over it.. this IMO is muse's best album

Dreamflight
August 28th 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"i really need to hear this album, the resistance if one of my favorite albums ever"



Finally some love for The Resitance.





Proworks31
August 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol the Resistance has a few good songs I suppose.

MK Ultra, Exogenesis and Resistance are all good.



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