Publisher: Taste Media
Mon, 15 November 2004
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When Muse first exploded with their debut â€śSHOWBIZâ€?, many criticised them as being a â€śmini Radioheadâ€?. Muse retaliated with â€śOrigin of Symmetryâ€?, a harder, edgier yet more musical offering and shoved it straight up the criticsâ€™ noses.
Now â€śAbsolutionâ€? is here, just to make sure itâ€™s gone through the nose and right into the cerebellum.
Larger, grander and more orchestrated, Muse begin with the majestic â€śApocalypse Pleaseâ€? brimming full of impactful piano, thundering distorted bass and Bellamyâ€™s composed arpeggios. Muse has flirted with technology more on Absolution too, using whatever media is necessary to craft their vision, making for a lusher, deeper record.
â€śTime is running outâ€? is a new side to Museâ€™s repertoire; smooth and slinky bass grooves (courtesy of Chris Wolstenholme) that mutate to more massive distorted bass almost guarantee you to slink along with it. Those who dig the harder, faster numbers wonâ€™t be disappointed though, â€śStockholm Syndromeâ€? is a blistering prog metal number, scarily threatening some Ygnvie Malmsteem riffs (bar indulgent wank filled solos, thank God!), but it rocks so hard youâ€™ll forgive Matt Bellemy for anything he creates. â€śHysteriaâ€? has got to be the albumâ€™s killer track, with the fattest (Iâ€™ll reserve PHAT for hip hop reviews) bass line since bomb the bassâ€™s â€śbug powder dustâ€? and almost disco drums (thank you Dominic Howard), this song will make you bounce more than a pre-teen on Michael Jacksonâ€™s lap. â€śSing for absolutionâ€? is full of beauty and sad conviction, as is the haunting magic on tracks â€śRuled by secrecyâ€? and â€śBlackoutâ€?, showcasing Bellamyâ€™s sweet and earnest song writing ability. The man is something of a virtuoso and it definitely shows (he also composed most of the strings).
Absolution is a cerebral album, with Bellamyâ€™s passionate voice and lyrics that carry a resonant theme of desperation throughout the album. Itâ€™s almost rock opera, itâ€™s intense and it will leave you impressed.
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