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Muse - Absolution
Label: Warner Brothers Records
Release: 2004

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 and Hurricanes
11. Small Print
12. Endlessly
13. Thoughts of a Dying Atheist
14. Ruled by Secrecy

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Pushing the envelope in Rock music these days is a tricky thing to do. In today’s current musical trends there are a few bands which people judge Rock music by. Unfortunately, these bands often end up being those such as Evanessence and Linkin Park, but once in a while there will be a band that, while carrying influences, blossoms with originality.

Muse is one of these bands. Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard have been creating music since their early childhoods. With this type of familiarity and musical ingenuity at their hands, they go on to make Absolution a masterpiece.

While Muse has been bothered by criticism that they borrow to heavily from bands like Coldplay and Radiohead, on this album we see the band develop more of their own style. For instance, songs such as “Time Is Running Out” and “Sing For Absolution,” the two songs that have recently garnered them worldwide media attention, only are reminiscent of the two latter bands in the way of Bellamy’s high-pitched falsetto, which can be compared to that of Thom Yorke’s.

“Sing For Absolution” is definitely the albums stand out track, with a great piano melody, brilliant lyrics, and a great sounding but not overbearing in the slightest guitar solo near the end. “Time Is Running Out” is a sure fire candidate for a live show and oddly enough it seems well-suited for a dance floor due to the damn near intoxicating bass and synthesizer tracks.

“Blackout” and “Falling Away With You,” showcase Muse’s softer side. “Blackout” is aided by a creeping synthesizer backdrop and a beautifully tremolo picked acoustic lead, showcasing the genius that is Matt Bellamy.

All in all, if this album does not get them the attention they deserve then I don’t know what will. Once again Muse have delivered, and they only get better with age.

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I'll second that. and they put on a fantastic live show (though a bit short when I saw them at house of blues orlando). Amazingly intricate musicianship, but they made it look easy. Gifted bastards. ;-)

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