Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Muse - Absolution CD (album) cover




Prog Related

3.85 | 476 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

5 stars Ok, this album seems too perfect. It reminds me of one of these albums that were not even created. You couldn't even imagine anybody in the studio playing or creating these songs. They seem almost biblical, they have always been here.

Yes, this is definelty the album were Muse found their sound. Origin's was a very raw sounding album, with songs that were creative and expanded while being experimental throughout. This album saw amazingly crafted pieces of music, or since they were shorter than they were in that later, songs. This album expresses alot of emotion and is probabbly their most successful and best album to date. Their isn't a bad song on it. In short.

1. Intro - A bunch of feet marching. This isn't the most ambigous start to an album, but it does raise the attention of the listener.

2. Apocalypse Please - Yes, this really does sum up an apocalyptic feel. With the marching piano riffs and the clashing od percussion, this sends chills up my spine everytime i hear it. Well crafted and amazingly presented vocal harmonies throughout, along with more arrpeggios from synths. A great start to the album.

3. Time Is Running Out - There isn't much I can say about this song. This song actually got me into Muse. They have always been able to write an amazing pop song, but with adding their own weird elements to the arrangement. Very cathcy and Matt shows off some powerfull vocals.

4. Sing For Absolution - Eerie and haunting, with weird piano riffs to lighten the mood. The one thing that attracted me to this song, was the incredibly extraordinary music video. Watch it if you can.

5. Stockholme Syndrome - A rocking riff that reminds me of The Smashing Pumpkins on speed. The chorus is absoultely amazing, pedal point after pedal point with synths, guitars and piano grabbing the attention of the listener. The video for this song I didn't like. I didnt think it summed up this amazing song as Sing For Absolution did.

6. Falling Away With You - Mellow and soft, an amazing way to calm the listener.

7. Interlude - It's an interlude, nothing much to say.

8. Hysteria - An amazing song with enough crazy to shoot up OJ Simpson. I never liked Muse lyrics, they always tried too hard, but this song actually sums up Hysteria quite well. An amazing rock song with a funnier guitar solo to match.

9. Blackout - As i said in the last review, a song inspired by Italian aria's. Amazing orchestration and a beautiful vocal performance.

10. Butterflies & Hurricanes - If Time Is Running Out made me a fan of Muse, Butterflies & Hurricanes proved them to be one of the greatest bands out at the time. An amazing journey with mellow,loud, symphonic stabs to the chest. My favourite part is the tocatta inspired piano middle section which displays Matt's dexeterity as an amazing pianist and composer. An epic.

11. The Small Print - To be honest, this song would be great, if the lyrics weren't so cringe worthy. "I'm a priest that God never paid"...what does that even mean. By a word change, this is a great rocking song.

12. Endlessly - A mellancollica chillout disco jazz song....basically. The chorus is great as well.

13. Thoughts Of A Dying Athiest - To be honest, being an athiest, this song does "scare the hell outa me." It's a great song and the lyrics are great as well. For some reason the riff at the start reminds me of Mastodon. I like the arabic trait at the end of the chorus.

14. Ruled By Secrecy - A very eerie ending to this album. Great nontheless.

CONCLUSION: An amazing album. If you don't have it...what is wrong with you. Go out and buy it now.

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this MUSE review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.