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Absolution

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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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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0001LJC2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (514 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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