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ABSOLUTION

Muse

 

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3.90 | 320 ratings

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Mattiias
5 stars Rating: 10/10

It should be hard trying to sound epic and classical in the 2000's.

It's not the '70s, when Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis and Queen showed us all the way.

So, Muse took the risk of sounding grandiloquent, over produced, very pretentious or simply repetitive and boring.

But "Absolution" is anything but that.

Even the "intro", barely announced with disturbed but low guitars, sounds epic and deep.

So from the start, they create a complete flawless work in which orchestrations are totally related to songs, guitars are full of rage but sensibility, always sounding loud and challenging; Matthew Bellamy shows he doesn't only control perfectly vocals and songwriting.

Chris Wolstenhome makes an incredible work with bass too, always sounding potent and variate, like the distortion on the masterpiece "Time is running out" or the powerful "Hysteria".He and drummer Dominic Howard are a stunning tempo machine that create a beautiful contrast when the melodies are calm, low or dark.

Lyrics have some mysticism ("Thoughts of a dying man", "Ruled by secrecy"), alternating several moods like rage ("Apocalypse please"), desperate ("Time is running out"), paranoia ("Stockholm syndrome") and euphoria ("Hysteria", "Butterflies and hurricanes"), among others. This is an outstanding album because is one of those cases in which bands, or artists, accomplish what they purpose in all terms: musically and artistically.

Mattiias | 5/5 |

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