on 3 August 2013
There's no denying it; Muse is one of the few Bands today that are amazing and consistent. Each Album they release gives you chills when you listen to it, makes you want to burst out with all kinds of emotions.
Absolution is no different, and possibly one of their most emotive Albums yet.
The first track on the Album is named Intro. It's twenty seconds long, and is an odd, distorted noise of Soldier's marching. It seems odd when you first hear it, but when it turns out that the Marching has the same drum beat as the Album's first Song, Apocalypse Please, you start to understand how clever Muse can be.
Apocalypse Please is one of the most dramatic pieces of Music this decade, and it really shows as to why the Director's of 30 Days of Night decided to use it in their trailer. It's a loud piece, with Piano, Drums and Matt Bellamy's amazing vocals roaring the whole way through. Muse seem to disbelieve in the line; "The world ends not with a bang, but a whimper," as this apocalyptic Song really packs a punch.
The third track on the Album has a very memorable Bass Line that you'll probably be humming weeks after hearing. Time is Running Out has brilliant pacing, with a little instrumental gap right in the middle to give a pause from the loudness of the Song.
The fourth track featured on the Album is Sing for Absolution, the title track, per se. It's a painful Piano track set deep in the future, and Bellamy really goes for a high voice on this one. With echoed lyrics, a sad but epic Chorus and beautiful screaming, this one is brilliant.
Fifth track in, and you'll be completely blown away. Stockholm Syndrome is the name, and Heavy Rock is the Game. The Guitar riff that is repeated in this Song is to die for, and it's explosive ending will undoubtedly get you head banging. The Chorus is beautiful, too, but aggressive at the same time.
Next we have a sudden change in mood with Falling Away with You. This one is very calm, and tranquil. The Guitar and background noise reflects this. It's lovely, and a lifting song, but nobody was prepared for what happens next...
There's a brief Interlude track stuck there. It's distorted, but all you can hear is a Guitar and pretty much nothing else.
Then, all of a sudden, the Bass Line of Hysteria kicks in. Then the drums. And then the Guitar. It's heavy, and distorted, and one of the best tracks on the Album. There's a bridge right in the middle, and then the Guitar Solo comes in, and it sounds like Liquid Rock, in a way. There's no doubt about it, this Song is amazing.
Then, once again, a sudden mood lifter. Blackout is slow, lovely and sad, in a way. Lyrics like; "This loves too good to last, and I'm too old to dream," bless this Song, and it ends up as a beautiful transition of Genre.
We're on the tenth track of Absolution, and once again, one of the best Songs jumps in. Butterflies and Hurricanes is typical Muse style; Long, brilliant and constantly changing. From the echoed words to the Piano interlude, this Song is brilliant.
The Small Print suddenly jumps out of nowhere, and it's like Stockholm Syndrome again, but even more aggressive. A Song written from the Devil's point of view, the Chorus will grasp you and refuse to let you go. The constant Guitar will rip you apart and eat you up. In other words, an excellent Song is coming your way.
Next up, we have the slower and sadder Endlessly. It's not like Falling Away with You or Blackout, in that it doesn't move at a snail's pace, instead moving at a normal speed. The lyrics are pained, and the instruments are just in the background until the middle, where there is a short but sweet instrumental.
Thoughts of a Dying Atheist is a confusing Song. It deals with how someone who does not believe in God feels on their deathbed. "It scares the hell out of me," is the repeated phrase, which could mean that he is genuinely terrified, or not scared at all. (Due to not believing in Hell.)
Finally, the last track on the Album is a contrast to Apocalypse Please. Ruled by Secrecy has a sad and constant Piano, scared lyrics and not a lot else. It sounds boring, but trust me when I say, it's not.
Absolution is one of the best damn Albums I've ever heard. It's constantly changing, and delivers a consistent dose of Music from all Genres. I was also very happy with how quickly it arrived, the day after I bought it. 10 out of 10, from me.