Muse - Absolution
Star rating: 4/5
Muse's third album Absolution begins with the epic tone that you would expect from watching the movie "A Knight's Tale" in its entirety. Matt Bellamy asks us to get involved in "something biblical to pull us through" during the second track "Apocalypse Please". This commencement alone immediately signals that we should pay attention. If you know anything about the splash that Muse has made on the international scene, you are already aware of their otherworldly sound. Absolution is a continuation of their origin story written in the stars. We'll dive right into our review.
Top Tracks & Takeaways
Widely played on rock radio stations all over the world, "Time Is Running Out" is easily the most recognizable track on the album. With a melody that sounds more like a haunted house than a rock show, Muse is able to capture beauty where others might see sadness. Bellamy is a classically trained pianist but serves as the band's lead guitarist. His solos and progressions shed light on his influences, which are more reminiscent of Mozart than Motley Crue.
Another fan favorite, which can't be ignored, is "Hysteria". Beginner bassists learn this song as a token of their newly acquired techniques, but it is a testament to the ubiquity of the band. It really is an amazing song. If you haven't heard it, do yourself a favor and stream it right away, but make sure you give the whole album a listen, as the artist intended for it to be heard in context.
"Stockholm Syndrome" is the coolest deep cut from this album. It's a long and drawn out song that will have you coming back for more. The main riff is enough to satisfy your thirst for punk rock.
What we liked
This record has heavy hitting singles and added to Muse's canon in a nearly breathless way. Its release was not as celebrated as their others, but it is hard to imagine Muse without "Hysteria".
Not so much...
Clocking in at fifteen tracks, this one lasted a little too long for comfort. If every song was mind-blowing, the sin would be forgiven. This album deserves no such redemption. You'll enjoy it all the way through if you're a fan of the band, but it can get a bit heavy due to the unchanging sound of distorted guitar riffs and bass tom-heavy beats. We could do with a bit of variety.
Videos and Singles
Hysteria - this video is absolutely manic and you should watch it!
Our Time is Running Out
Overall this album is to be respected for its ambition and the fact that most tracks are overlooked, even by Muse fans. The band has so many hits that it is easy to breeze past songs like "Thoughts of a Dying Atheist" or "Blackout". All of the songs were meticulously written and performed, and that effort and soul are just a few of the reasons we love the band.
Time Is Running Out
Sing for Absolution
Falling Away with You
Butterflies & Hurricanes
The Small Print
Thoughts of a Dying Atheist
Ruled by Secrecy