The band Muse, who first caught the eyes of rabid critics with the
successful sophomore effort Origin of Symmetry, has finally come up
Absolution after two years in silence. In the year 2003, where truly
albums were few and far between, this new outing are one of the few to
up tops, as it also seems to represent their biggest attempt for a
place in the increasingly lucrative but evidently overheard genre of UK
alternative rock. The trio of Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and
Dominic Howard have managed to produce an album with that certain
from-another-world type of music to it, complemented by a creative dose
coherent songwriting and powerful vocal strength to make Absolution a
The first track, Apocalypse Please, had Bellamy sounding strikingly
to Thom Yorke’s easily recognizable vocals. Even, from the theme right
the melancholic line of ‘and pull us through’, you might imagine it as
OK Computer-esque. Sing for Absolution and Falling Away With You (more
notably the latter) featured a substantially sentimental value to them
while at the same time maintaining a steadily progressive feel instead
being a bunch of uninteresting love songs with a bored-to-death tune.
Thoughts of an Atheist was a strange track though, as it combines a
theme but with a decidedly feel-good vocal execution. And the inspiring
piece of orchestrated melody in Blackout was a decent effort but it
due to the lyrical weakness of this track and its short length.
On the other hand, the single Time is Running Out is a very enjoyable
with some depth and an all-out melodious chorus and ending to it.
Syndrome (not to be mistaken with a Blink 182 song of the same name)
The Small Print had them breaking out in a rage of pounding hard rock,
it was the same case again for the aptly-titled Hysteria, another
song with will definitely leave you awestruck and dumbfounded. For a
moderate tune though, check out Butterflies and Hurricanes, which had
most prog-rock feel to it from all the songs on Absolution.
In the end, Muse’s new work can be concluded as a brilliant album,
it doesn’t exactly sound like anything you haven’t heard before. But
refreshing take on a genre which is fast becoming a sellout, try this
and you will not be disappointed.