Absolution

~ Release group by Muse

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
AbsolutionMuseCopy Control CD15
  • JP2003-09-15
cutting edge (avex group)CTCM-650494945817650498
AbsolutionMuseDigital Media15
  • US2003-09-15
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)
AbsolutionMuseCD + DVD-Video14 + 5
  • FR2003-09-21
naïve, Taste MediaNV501123298490501122
AbsolutionMuseCD14
  • FR2003-09-22
naïveNV501113298490501115
AbsolutionMuseCD + DVD-Video14 + 5
  • GB2003-09-22
Taste Media5050466854728
AbsolutionMuseCD14
  • GB2003-09-22
Taste Media5050466-8587-2-65050466858726
AbsolutionMuse2×CD14 + 6
  • AU2003-09-28
Mushroom Records (AU/NZ)50467511125050467511125
AbsolutionMuseCD14
  • AU2003-09-29
Festival Mushroom Records (label has FMR with a little speaker on top), Taste Media50466858725050466858726
Absolution (CDS200.5.0.150 protected disc)MuseCopy Control CD14
Motor Music (Germany), Taste Media, Universal (plain logo: “Universal”; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)06024 9865559 70602498655597
AbsolutionMuseCD14
Play It Again Sam (PIAS Belgium & worldwide generic imprint releases)482.2020.0205413356630329
AbsolutionMuseCD + DVD-Video14 + 5
PIAS Benelux, Taste Media482.2020.0335413356632231
AbsolutionMuseCD14
Taste Media, EastWest2 61606825646160624
AbsolutionMuseCopy Control CD21
Taste Media, Motor Music (Germany)06024 98655597, 06024 9865559 70602498655597
AbsolutionMuseCD14
EastWest, Taste Media5050466-8587-2-65050466858726
AbsolutionMuseCopy Control CD14
Motor Music (Germany), Taste Media, Universal (plain logo: “Universal”; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)06024 9865559 70602498655597
AbsolutionMuseCD14
  • US2004-03-23
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)48733‒2093624873327
AbsolutionMuseDigital Media15
  • XW2004-03-23
A&E Records825646095971
AbsolutionMuseCD14
Universal Music Russia05046685879918602498655797
AbsolutionMuse2×12" Vinyl8 + 6
  • US2009-08-18
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)48733-1825646909445
AbsolutionMuseCD15
  • JP2009-09-16
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-136724943674094264
Absolution (24bit/96kHz)MuseDigital Media15
  • JP2015-09-18
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)825646024803
Absolution (24 bit/96 kHz)MuseDigital Media15
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)[none]
Promotion
AbsolutionMuse12" Vinyl4
EastWestPR04298[none]
Absolution (instrumental version)MuseCD-R14
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Apocalypse Please
Butterflies and Hurricanes
Hysteria
Sing for Absolution
Stockholm Syndrome
Time Is Running Out
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 62) (order: 62)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/11052 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3cbd [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/40100 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/muse/absolution/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000384478 [info]
Wikidata:Q210904 [info]

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Love them or hate them there's no denying that Muse have energy in abundance. In Absolution, their third offering, they appear more dramatic and tortured than ever.

I was completely bowled over by the force of 1999s Showbiz and the ability of singer Matt Bellamy to work himself into a frenzy over the course of 3 minutes. From that point on Muse knew they'd hit on a winning formula; Origin of Symmetry (2001) and now Absolution show no departure from this original sound.

"Apocalypse Please" is a daring opener and sets the scene for what could have been the most dramatic album of the year. I say could have been because with the advent of The Darkness, Muse may find themselves fighting it out for top spot in the rock opera stakes. It seems that understated isn't currently the order of the day in British music.

Absolution laughs in the face of subtlety. In fact most of the tracks would make an excellent soundtrack to any blockbuster suspense movie. There's no mistaking that Muse make it their aim to render as much conflict as possible in both their lyrics and instrumentals. Single "Time Is Running Out" is a great example of this. "You will squeeze the life out of me", he sings. We know how he feels. This album is not for the faint-hearted and should not be played in times of stress or emotional unease. I fear for the students locked away in their cold rooms crying out "I wanted freedom but I'm restricted, I tried to give you up but I'm addicted".

Bellamy has been compared to Rachmaninov. I wonder whether either of them would be complimented by this comparison, but it's certainly true that Muse are at their best when Matt is at the piano. "Butterflies and Hurricanes" demonstrates his undisputed talent excellently.

Muse demand a reaction and you have to admire that in a band. If you ignore the fact that these songs are probably just a vehicle for Bellamy to divulge his obsession with all that is dark and sinister, you're left with a number of finely crafted and very palatable songs. Don't be ashamed, embrace the melodrama!