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Singing For More Absolution
on 18 May 2004
Every single I have bought by Muse has been trully worthwile. Although I'm an uber-fan who would go out of his way to shine a light on muse, this is an excellent single. Muse, like radiohead have also produced some fantastic B-sides. Take Time Is Running Out and Hysteria with excellent B-sides such as The Groove or Eternally Missed. They were both extraordinary and deserved a place on Absolution and Eternally Missed reminscient of Ruled By Secrecy. And what's more, Fury is the newcomer to this list. And it's doesn't fail to impress.
It really does go with Sing For Absolution very well indeed. With the repeating "cleanse away our sins" it's a very fitting song with Sing For Absolution ("our souls remain unrectified"). An extardordinary song... but to the real deal, the A-side. Maybe a slight underated, Sing For Absolution boasts the most poetic lyrics on Absolution. It is also the first single by Muse from Absolution to not be a hailstorm of guitars and thundering basslines or screaming vocals. And it's not disappointing, no. I honestly thought Muse were going to release a typically heavy song eg. The Small Print but, to my utter disbelief they went ahead to release SFA. Perhaps not the most talked about song on Absolution this was far from a lot of people's expectations. But Muse still need a breakthrough single and maybe a lighter song will do that.
This is indeed lighter and boasts probably the best production next to Butteflies and Hurricanes on the album. The lyrics are the most powerful feature of SFA, and, along with Matt Bellamy's vocals (which are very underated), they make the song a great achievement of Muse. I would probably expect an improvement on this song in later albums, as Muse are definitely progressing for the better.
One disappointment, however. If you ever hear the live version of Sing For Absolution there is a warped background music which is absolutely stunning. Disappointingly there is no live version on either the CD or DVD and it is amazing with all of Muse' efforts to prduce such a fine single that this feature was overlooked.
For those fans who are curious, the next and fifth single of Muse is rumoured to be Butterflies and Hurricanes.