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  • Summary: A commercial and critical success in the UK upon its release in the fall of 2003, 'Absolution' marks the third album for the English rockers (who frequently draw comparisons to Radiohead--but then again, who doesn't?). It also marks their first time working with producer Rich Costey.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. 90
    A massive concept album that is so gluttonously huge-sounding that it makes The Wall sound like a Sebadoh record. [#10, p.94]
  3. 'Absolution' is Muse's most accomplished album to date, and kicks their - at the time - excellent debut album 'Showbiz' into the ground.
  4. 70
    A daring and triumphant concoction. [#27, p.140]
  5. It's too bad that vocalist Matt Bellamy doesn't bring as much ingenuity to his singing.
  6. Muse write... the same way Metallica write, i.e. just compiling bits of ‘music’ then sticking them together, except they’re more impressed with their fragments (though they’re simpler and duller and even more remarkably similar to each other than Metallica’s), so they make them go on longer and repeat them more times.

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  1. Negative: 5 out of 118
  1. PradR
    Jul 7, 2004
    10
    musicianship is an artform and no pop idol will ever be taught such skill as is present on this album. Well done Matt and the boys, As to the musicianship is an artform and no pop idol will ever be taught such skill as is present on this album. Well done Matt and the boys, As to the haters - Grandiose? too many ideas? how many great ideas did u have today? Great tunes, great sound, please stop comparing this band to radiohead - u obviuosly do not have the capacity to differentiate between the two. To start with their are three people in muse, making a hell of alot more noise and more accessible tunes. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2010
    10
    Another masterpiece by Muse, following the amazing Origin of Symmetry. Every song on the album is great, with the top 3 being Hysteria,Another masterpiece by Muse, following the amazing Origin of Symmetry. Every song on the album is great, with the top 3 being Hysteria, Butterflies & Hurricanes, and Stockholm Syndrome. Collapse
  3. TomG
    May 7, 2005
    10
    Freddie Mercury and Queen INCARNATE!
  4. Enzo
    Sep 30, 2007
    10
    Wow.....This is a true masterpiece.
  5. Jan 5, 2012
    10
    Great album . Perfect songwriting , it´s very clear , Muse it does not sounds like Radiohead. Amazing songs , a great balanceGreat album . Perfect songwriting , it´s very clear , Muse it does not sounds like Radiohead. Amazing songs , a great balance between heavy songs and not so heavy. Expand
  6. IanB
    Mar 13, 2007
    9
    This is quite possibly the best rock record of the 21st century.
  7. AdamX
    Apr 20, 2004
    0
    dreadful

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