4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An album you can't switch off,
This review is from: Absolution (Audio CD)
Those readers who have read my 25-album list and other reviews will know that I have very ecelectic tastes but that the emphasis in my listening is on the 60s and 70s end of the spectrum. With contemporary stuff I tend to listen to huge amounts on the radio/internet/TV and pick out the very best to buy on CD. Here was something different.
My brother has been a Muse fan from the beginning and has seen them live. I never really got round to listening to them properly until recently when a pupil played an extract from 'Absolution' in an end of term lesson when I asked my year 9's to share their favourite music with the class. After this I finally picked up a copy of the album in the HMV sale (still not as cheap as Amazon!)and, while the family were watching TV put my Sennheisers on and entered the world of Muse. I was hooked from the beginning. What an incredible album. This is a band who use the weight in their sound for real emotional communication, balancing it with moments of intimacy and reflection. Their lyrics have depth, and their songs are beautifully structured. Every moment feels like it was naturally meant to be and yet, even after several listenings, this album never feels predictable or uninteresting. The performances have a live feel to them and some of the keyboard work is superb. Being a classical pianist myself, and having played Rach 2, I was most impressed by the quite beautiful playing in the doctored quote from that concerto at the end of one of the tracks.
Anyone who compares Muse to any other contemporary band such as the Darkness, Coldplay etc, is really missing the point. Where The Darkness represent a big of glam rock fun and Coldplay the mainstream rock fraternity, Muse choose to make their music a work of art - something substantially higher than the contemporary music norm.
An incredible experience and an album which I would recommend to anyone.