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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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Hysteria
It's bugging me Grating me And twisting me around I'm endlessly Caving in And turning inside out Because I want it now I want it now Give me your... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. Filter
    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. Blender
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 129
  1. EricO
    Jun 28, 2004
    10
    The arrangement of music is mystifying. It takes you to another dimension that you knew existed but were too afraid to enter. Absolutely brilliant
  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. Expand
  3. NofsGrrl
    Jun 1, 2005
    10
    Thank you, God, for this album. From the crunching piano in the beginning to the softness of the end and everything in between, this album is Thank you, God, for this album. From the crunching piano in the beginning to the softness of the end and everything in between, this album is a breath of fresh air in the world of stale rock. I knew the critics would compare it to Coldplay and Radiohead (and to me, Bellamy's voice sounds like Jimmy Gnecco from Ours). But so what? Those bands are great, and to be put in any category with them is tell tale. Please check out this amazing album if you haven't yet. Expand
  4. Dimas
    Jun 28, 2008
    10
    Amazing!
  5. Jan 23, 2017
    10
    The lows are high and the highs are very high in this tale about the end of the world. Muse showcases their absolute best here; from soft andThe lows are high and the highs are very high in this tale about the end of the world. Muse showcases their absolute best here; from soft and slow ballads to heart-crunching guitar riffs, they tell a story completely through music that most would struggle to tell through words. Expand
  6. SamS
    Nov 7, 2007
    9
    This is Muse's masterpiece. I for the life of me cannot understand how most of the critics prefer "Black Holes and Revelations." Sure it This is Muse's masterpiece. I for the life of me cannot understand how most of the critics prefer "Black Holes and Revelations." Sure it is epic and at times over the top, but the craftsmanship of the songs and Costey's production are brilliant. Muse shows some serious range on this one, kicking it into high gear with super-charged rock songs like "Stockholm Syndrome," and Hysteria." and then settling down nicely with "Blackout," and "Falling Away With You." Expand
  7. AdamX
    Apr 20, 2004
    0
    dreadful

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