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3 stars Muse?? Part of the Nu-Prog movement??

I was always reluctant to get into Muse when I first heard them, it just didn't grow on me their music.

So I got a copy of "Absolution" expecting something very dull, WRONG how WRONG I was!!

I happen to like this album and it is not your ordinary alternative rock album either. Intelligent music, epic songs, Contemporary Prog and A breath of fresh air is what you get here!

These are the TRACKS that Personally stand out in my view:

Apocalypse Please The piano opener is beautiful and has a nice strong and rick sound, a semi-aggressive / soft ballad, and sounding very epic and can be compared to other newer geration prog groups, Matt Bellamy's piano skills is the star here. A Very addictive listen.

Time Is Running Out - I was uncomfortable with this at the start, but it grew on me, not really prog, but more or less your Alternative/Indie track, an aggressive short and sweet track.

Sing for Absolution - another epic ballad and the prog elements start to kick in, not the best track but a nice mellower track compared to "Time is Running Out" which I am also fond of.

Endlessly - nice percussion, again a soft track but this has alot of electronic treatments, most people here on PA may be aware I am a big fan of Electronic Prog : ) , Lots of sequenced synths which sound nice, with great percussion playing alongside, hardly any guitars here, weird organ effect sounds, an all round great semi-electronica offering from Muse. Thoughts of a Dying Atheist Scares the Hell Out of Me??, no way, the most catchiest track on the record, fast, simple, short and aggressive!! Proggers will HATE that description, not very prog, but not prog related either either, another favourite track, with nice melodies and rhythm guitars.

Absolution is a fine semi-Prog album, but for more Prog justice try the previous album "Origin of Symmetry". But if you're looking for something alternative and contemporary, look no further than "ABSOLUTION", not essential but a listen is a must.

PS: The three stars is mainly for the Prog point of view of the album and is not essential for Proggers, but worth a listen, however on a personal note, rather than a Prog point of view, a higher score will be awarded.

PROGMAN | 3/5 |


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