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Absolution

MuseAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0001LJC2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569 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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100 of 114 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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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets get it right! July 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having read countless comparisons to Radiohead, and being an avid listener of both, I feel its time we got the facts right.
The truth is Muse and Radiohead share similar, vocals, pessimism, and seriousness, oh.. and they are both rock bands. That means, they share the same fan base. Unfortunately, some of those very people with an eye for detail and appreciation for genuine music, who fell in love with Radiohead have now become blinded by their fixation. They are defensive, and feel some what threatened by Muse.
And then, there is the other category of people, who just want to make a statement, "I was listening to music before you were born". These people feel that listening to music for many years makes them bigger than the music itself.
In the end, when you compare apples with oranges, you end up insulting both. Muse is everything Radiohead isn't and vice versa. Radiohead thrives to be subtle, layered music, matured and experienced whilst Muse is `in your face', grandiose, eager and energetic. Radiohead is poetry, Muse is a show.
It is more appropriate to compare Muse with Queen.
I have always been a big fan of Radiohead but If I was forced to compare apples with oranges, I would have to admit, Muse have better vocals, guitar and piano. Anyone who rates this album below 3 stars is kidding themselves. I never thought I had to say this to a bunch of Radiohead fans but you need to listen to this album more than once to appreciate it.
Whilst rock bands continue to reminisce over the century that was, with bands like The shins (60's spin off), the strokes, darkness, white stripes (70's spin off) and Dandy Warhols (80's), Muse tries hard to push music into the 21st century.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Great gift for any MUSE fan! Would purchase again!
Published 6 days ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love muse!
Published 11 days ago by Susan Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Muse-level awesome. [Highest level known.]
So many great songs. Can't stop listening! Time is Running Out, Sing for Absolution, and Hysteria are addictive. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amanda
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 2 months ago by GG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good cd.
Published 2 months 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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago by rox
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 6 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 6 months ago by Bryan Murray
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