label: Warner Bros.
our score: 2.0 out of 5.0
the word “muse” as “to think closely, study
in silence or meditate.” I wish I was doing either of those
instead of listening to the band Muse’s fourth
album Absolution - an album full of grunge Euro-rock
layered with a blanket of fuzz distoring almost all that is good.
led by Matthew Bellamy, (who could be Thom Yorke’s long
lost twin brother) would be Radiohead if Radiohead had gone on
the Euro-rock path instead of the trippy electronic-and-random-blip
track. But whereas Radiohead did the right thing by choosing the
road less traveled, Muse sadly have not.
most interesting track lies in “Thoughts of a Dying
Atheist.” It is a, dare I say, meditative track on what
goes through the mind of a dying atheist and begs the question,
“Look through a faithless eye/ Are you afraid to die?”
fuzz-rock you're looking for, look no further than “Blackout.”
Overwrought with static and audio garbage , it's hard to decipher
if the song is actually playing or if the dial on the stereo needs
to be changed.
do have their positive moments. The last song, "Ruled By
Secrecy," is by far the album's best, mostly because it is
nothing like the rest of the album. This reserved, yet biting,
ballad wonderfully captures how little the general public knows
about what’s actually going on in the world. “Your
death creates success, rebuild, suppress / Change in the air and
they’ll hide everywhere/ And no one knows who’s in
Absolution fails to live up to expectations. Muse does
a good job taking a decent album and distorting it to a bunch
of noise with no real direction at all. On this album, Muse just
liked Absolution ...
3. Time Is Running Out
4. Sing for Absolution
5. Stockholm Syndrome
6. Falling Away With You
10. Butterflies and Hurricanes
11. Small Print
13. Thoughts of a Dying Atheist
14. Ruled by Secrecy