AOTY 2019


Muse - Absolution
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2003 Ratings: #77 / 280
User Score
Based on 417 ratings
2003 Ratings: #66
September 15, 2003 / Release Date
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A&E, East West, Mushroom Taste / Label
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(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
Another one of Rock music's unsung masterpieces. I'd like to think that had this album received the praise it deserved, Muse would have continued to develop their sound while continuing to create the complex basslines, piano crusades and guitar solo's even jimi hendrix would blush at. Instead we have what we have.
This is probably one of the greatest rock albums of the 2000s. The album incorporates impactful themes of mistrust and uncertainty, fear, and 'stuff that will soon come to an end.' The album not only has great lyrics and great vocal performances by Matt Bellamy, but it also has great and memorable production and instrumentation. Songs like Stockholm Syndrome and Hysteria has awesome and memorable melodies that get stuck in my head and comes in mind every now and then. This album is just a ... read more
It's dark, it's pure rock, it's thrilling, this is an absolutely fantastic album from Muse.
I can see the themes of conformity, confusion, and despair screaming at me with the high ends of the record going into the most metal-punk sounds I've ever heard from Muse in Stockholm Syndrome and Hysteria, to the saddening reflections on Ruled by Secrecy and Blackout, I love this record.

Favs: Time is Running Out, Stockholm Syndrome, Falling Away with You, Hysteria, Blackout, Butterflies & ... read more
Stellar riffs (especially the bass work in Hysteria), great vocals and interesting songwriting make “Absolution” Muse’s greatest achievement! (?)

Fav Tracks: Hysteria, Time Is Running Out, Butterflies and Hurricanes, Stockholm Syndrome, Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist, Sing For Absolution, Falling Away With You

Least Fav Track: The Small Print

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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Apocalypse Please
  3. Time Is Running Out
  4. Sing For Absolution
  5. Stockholm Syndrome
  6. Falling Away With You
  7. Interlude
  8. Hysteria
  9. Blackout
  10. Butterflies & Hurricanes
  11. The Small Print
  12. Endlessly
  13. Thougts Of A Dying Atheist
  14. Ruled By Secrecy
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