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Absolution

MuseAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B0001LJC2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Apocalypse Please
3. Time Is Running Out
4. Sing For Absolution
5. Stockholm Syndrome
6. Falling Away With You
7. Interlude
8. Hysteria
9. Blackout
10. Butterflies & Hurricanes
11. The Small Print
12. Endlessly
13. Thougts Of A Dying Atheist
14. Ruled By Secrecy

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One can't listen to Muse without hearing Bends-era Radiohead, so it's necessary to start there. But for all the familiar grandeur and gloom, Muse's other catharsis-rock influences, like Queen, Slade, and even Black Sabbath, provide the band with a dazzling, heart-on-their-sleeves theatricality. Always threatening to layer on another falsetto from singer Matt Bellamy, or conjure more guitar crunch from the ether, Absolution is downright Baroque in parts, like a Rufus Wainwright-penned rock opera fantasy. Yes, the record is completely unoriginal. But when these guys let it rip, there's no doubt they have the fever. "Stockholm Syndrome," for one, could only be produced by True Believers with a lust for power chord drama, full of angst, envy, and the bitter end of it all. If you wish a certain Thom Yorke-led outfit from Oxford had made another record or two before evolving into minor-key art rockers, Muse carry the torch for another few miles, gloriously and tragically unaware that they're running in circles. --Matthew Cooke

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Muse 's #1 U.K.album Absolution, along with its Top 10 hit "Time Is Running Out ,"has finally arrived in the U.S. Muse is Britrock not Britpop, influenced by Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine,Radiohead and Nirvana,not Blur or Oasis.A rock band with the bollocks to do more, say more, go further-faster-heavier- sweeter-bigger, with dazzling guitars banging against grand piano, Muse is audacious and ambitious,extreme and extravagant.The prayers of rock fans who yearn for something different have been answered with Absolution.

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119 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking...... October 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Okay, my story of falling in love with Muse is rather odd. A LONG time ago, I was randomly looking and listening to songs remixed by SoulWax. That was a LONG time ago. So I'm listening to my music, and suddenly, "Muscle Museum" came on. The remixed version. I was simply like...wow...that is REALLY good! Who IS this? Of course, it was just SoulWax...so I went online and looked for a song called Muscle Museum, I found Muse. Listened to some other songs by them, and went out promptly bought the album.

Simply put, this album blew me away. Some may say it sounds like Radiohead, and yes, it does, but not a LOT like Radiohead. Muse is very unique unto themselves and the singer's voice is amazing.

The album starts off with a short intro which runs into "Apocalypse Please" Beautiful piano underlying the rest of the music, sends shivers through my body. The singer's voice flies and runs over the song, very emotional, and you can just FEEL the music running through you.

Then you come to the song which they released, "Time is Running Out" One word. Wow.

I do have to say that I can't continuously listen to the album though. As much as I love it, I just cannot take the sheer emotion that the singer voice portrays, sending him really high up in the octaves.

This album is amazing...and I can guarantee you, that if you listen to "Time is Running Out" You'll be like..."I WAS LOOKING FOR THAT SONG!!!!" Every one of my friends that I have shown this song to have had that reaction.....*grins*

So go out and buy it! Now!
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233 of 272 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yorke's evil twin April 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've recently discovered this little-known UK band, Muse, and I'm blown away by almost every aspect of this release. The music is heavy alternative, but with a production and songwriting expertise that takes it all to a new area of exploration. The band's driving force is classically oriented progressions played by guitars, pianos, drums, and more guitars. All the while, Matt Bellamy bellows his amazing melodic impressions over the whole thing.
Straight away, something needs to be addressed. This band and its singer, despite the nitpicking disclaimers other reviewers have tried to make, sounds remarkably similar to old Radiohead (The Bends, OK Computer in particular). Matt Bellamy, in fact, could be a stand-in on any Radiohead tour. I actually did research to see of Bellamy was really Thom Yorke masquerading in a front band. That's how much they sound alike, bottom line. You can try to compare and contrast abstract and subtle approaches to style that differ, but the reality is if someone would've told me this was an unreleased Radiohead record from 1997, I would've believed them, no questions asked.
However, this isn't an entirely fair comparison. I also would've said of this fictional 1997 Radiohead release, "Wow, Thom's singing range has really expanded...and the music's gotten far more complex...and the production is more intense and intelligent than other Radiohead records..."
That all means that Absolution actually blows by any early Radiohead comparisons that others would make. So what if Matt Bellamy sounds just like Thom Yorke? He sounds *better* than Tom Yorke. So what if the chord progressions are similar to OK Computer's monolithic vamp sections?
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99 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah... closure at last. February 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
My best friend has been raving about Muse for what must be a year now. He heard them while on a business trip in Amsterdam, and while I never doubted for a second that they were as good as he enthusiastically claimed them to be, not having any readily available proof in the U.S. somehow lessened the impact of his praises. MP3s he supplied to me whetted my appetite, but even those couldn't provide a satisfyingly complete exposure to the music of Muse. So finally after much hunting, I have acquired an import of this album. (I could have ordered it from Amazon, of course, but I enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the instant gratification that comes with finding an intensely-lusted after CD as a result of tireless store-combing.) And lemme tell ya, this album's introduction into my world has been so satisfying it borders on the bloody cathartic. This band, this CD, and--hell--this review are for all of the baffled and bereft, bag-holding Radiohead fans out there. This is for the conflicted, not the fanatical. This is for the enthusiasts who found the transition from OK Computer to Kid A an unexpected disappointment, like waking up one morning to discover that the adorable puppy you bought and bonded with has grown up to become a very tasty looking Belgian waffle or a state-of-the-art washing machine. You feel love for the puppy, and it's because of this now thoroughly confused but still-sincere devotion that you must acknowledge that the waffle smells delicious or that the washing machine is indeed quite remarkably sleek and efficient. Deep down, however, you can't lay to rest the confused thought, "But where is my dog? Wasn't this thing supposed to become a dog? Really, a dog was the next and most obvious step in the puppy-development process. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. I don't think i will tire of ...
Great CD. I don't think i will tire of hearing it.
Published 3 days ago by GG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good cd.
Published 28 days ago by J. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE Album
If you like Muse, you have to have this album. If you have never heard of Muse but enjoy good music with touching lyrics and interesting musicality, you need to give this one a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amanda LaFantasie
5.0 out of 5 stars transcendental
I remember this album for Hysteria. I was transported by that song. I think I transcended space time and had a panic attack and euphoria at the same time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. W. Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid album
A definite keeper. Love all the melodies. The singer is amazing. His voice is beautiful and this band is just A #1.
Published 3 months ago by rox
2.0 out of 5 stars can't get into it
it's dark, in your face, and apocolyptic
This was in mike portnoy's top 10 best albums out of 100 albums of all time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin William Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Awesome cd. Every song is better than the next. The cd case was broken when I received it but that did not dishearten me.
Published 4 months ago by linji
1.0 out of 5 stars New Lp arrived WARPED - Replacement arrived WARPED.
Not buying anymore vinyl from Amazon. 3 out of 5 new records I've bought have been badly warped. Back to the thrift store bins :)
Published 4 months ago by Bryan Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Muse's best.
I love the band Muse, they are creative and quirky. This album is awesome! Love just about all of the songs.
Published 5 months ago by C
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Band!
Muse is perhaps the best thing since The Beatles. Musical geniuses. Lyrics for Truth & Life. A must for everyday listening.
Published 5 months ago by Richard Padgett
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