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4 stars "Absolution" is not a perfect album. You can say it is a good album, but not as good as "Origin Of Symmetry" - I can urnestly say that it's not good as I expected. I'm not a big fan of Muse because I find it difficult to handle this amount of destructive electric guitars for the whole album. Although all those sayings I still think that Muse is special and has it's his uniqueness.

I met them for the first time when "Origin Of Symmetry" (their 2nd studio album) released, when their successful video, "New Born" was played endlessly and I was so impressed by their unique sound, the perfect coordination of the guitars, the emotional piano inserts, Matthew Bellamy's writing and singing skills, with the constant work on the synthesizer, and the elecro-influenced atmosphere.

Speaking about the past, there are some things that we should know about Muse: The band trio (Bellamy-Guitars/Vocals, Wolstenholme-Bass, Howard-Drums) has started to play way back in 1992, when they were 13 years old, under the title "Gothic Plague", later they changed it to "Muscle Museum" (which appeared in "Showbiz" as a song-name). "Showbiz" - their debut album, was half a tribute - half a copying from Radiohead. Matthew's voice, the piano accompaniment was very simiullar to Radiohead's work. When their 2nd album hit stores the compares between Muse & Radiohead was weakened, When "Absolution" changed the game totally. This album was Muse's graduation work, when they have started to build their own style.

Even though this album doesn't show most of the band's potential, we can still hear an eclectic and surprising music. Surprisingly, the non guitar tracks "Blackout" & "Falling Away With You" are the best and the most exciting tracks of the album (Even though, the electric guitars are known as the professionality of Muse - "Stockholm Syndrome" for example) It's no wonder that in the "Absolution" tour, more than 250,000 viewers have watched Muse throughout the world.

Even from the apocalyptic/paranoid/dark/or even radioheadic (?) Muse have wanted to seperate. In an interview before the album Bellamy have promised a new surprising album. But he didn't took one thing to consideration: the war. Bellamy: "We've started with an orchestra of 32 players and 98 singers... We recorded 2 songs and then we had regrets - we decided to start it all from the top and to lower the tone. The sound is more rough than I thought it would be, the world have changed in the recent year and we can't ignore it". And really some of the track-titles ("Hysteria","Apocalypse Please") can tell the way that we can't call opitmistic.

To conculde, I can say I really enjoy from this feeling whirlwind that Muse provides time after time because even if they sometimes miss, Muse can create music. But still most of the potential isn't fulfilled, at least not as I expected. 3.5/5 stars are enough.

Open-Mind | 4/5 |


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