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Drowned in Sound

With their third studio album, 'Absolution', they have crafted a truly elemental opus.

90
NME
Muse have widened the goalposts and re-established what rock is allowed to stand for. Next to ‘Absolution’, even something as majestic as ‘Elephant’ sounds so painfully small.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Absolution is an emotional, philosophical, sophisticated, poetic, and beautiful piece of rock music that does this pathetic planet proud.

80
AllMusic

Muse continues to make unrelenting hardcore art rock; Absolution is a tad cheesy, a bit too grandiose in its ambitions, bursting at the seams with too many ideas, and thus exactly what any Muse fan craves.

80
The Guardian

Like Coldplay on A Rush of Blood to the Head, Muse sound like a band who are at the top of their game. Their confidence carries you through the album's excesses.

60
Rolling Stone
It's too bad that vocalist Matt Bellamy doesn't bring as much ingenuity to his singing.
PipePanic
100

(Band Binge: Muse Part Three of Six)

So, from one of the tightest and fun rock records of the early 2000s, how do you top or continue that feat?

Make a concept album of coarse!

From talking about the world and the emotions that is inside of themselves, Muse take a very minor risk and try to do something that at the time they had never done before: talk about the world at large with their very first concept record. So what's the concept? Well, the first track paints it pretty well. It's the ... read more

BradTasteMusic
68

Lol knowing he is a 9/11 truther made the album better. It sounded like he was rambling about nothing, but knowing it’s worse than nothing makes the album entertaining and make sense. It shows that there is an underlying artistic vision…

It’s too bad the second half is agonizingly nondescript boring 2000’s rock.

BaddieBaphomet
100

Examining: Muse
Part 3 - Absolution

The progressive, psychedelic, gothic, classical reinterpretation of alt-rock found on “Origin of Symmetry” was beloved by fans and critics alike, and Muse would only see more success as they went on tour. Muse’s live skills hadn’t diminished in the slightest, and their headlining “Origin of Symmetry” tour saw them moving up from clubs and concert halls to higher slots in festivals and even arenas. The trio handled the ... read more

julnen
93

ᴅɪꜱᴄʟᴀɪᴍᴇʀ: ᴛʜɪꜱ ʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ ɪꜱ ʙᴀꜱᴇᴅ ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ᴏᴘɪɴɪᴏɴ. ɪᴛ ᴍᴀʏ ʙᴇ ᴡᴇɪʀᴅ ᴛᴏ ꜱᴏᴍᴇ ᴏʀ ᴡʀᴏɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀꜱ, ʙᴜᴛ ɪᴛ'ꜱ ᴊᴜꜱᴛ ᴀɴ ᴏᴘɪɴɪᴏɴ. ɪᴛ ꜱʜᴏᴜʟᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ʙᴇ ᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ꜱᴇʀɪᴏᴜꜱʟʏ. ɪ'ᴍ ᴊᴜꜱᴛ ᴛʀʏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴇɴᴊᴏʏ ɴᴇᴡ ᴍᴜꜱɪᴄ ᴏʀ ᴄᴀᴛᴄʜɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ ᴡɪᴛʜ ꜱᴏᴍᴇ.

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Zakdavis
83

Enjoyed this quite abit. Some good hits and a diverse range of genres but still muse. Reminds me once again how good Matt Bellamy’s voice is

nonbinaryPOTUS
100

Best Muse album, better than Origin of Symmetry idc

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