Absolution

~ Release group by Muse

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Absolution Digital Media 15
Absolution Copy Control CD 15 cutting edge (avex group) CTCM-65049 4945817650498
Absolution Digital Media 15 A&E Records
Absolution CD + DVD-Video 14 + 5 naïve, Taste Media NV50112 3298490501122
Absolution CD 14 naïve NV50111 3298490501115
Absolution CD + DVD-Video 14 + 5 Taste Media 5050466854728
Absolution CD 14 Taste Media 5050466-8587-2-6 5050466858726
Absolution 2×CD 14 + 6 Mushroom Records (AU/NZ) 5046751112 5050467511125
Absolution CD 14 Festival Mushroom Records (label has FMR with a little speaker on top), Taste Media 5046685872 5050466858726
Absolution (CDS200.5.0.150 protected disc) Copy Control CD 14 Motor Music (Germany), Taste Media, Universal Records (1996-2005 American pop label - "RECORDS" must be a part of the logo!) 06024 9865559 7 0602498655597
Absolution CD 14 Play It Again Sam (PIAS Belgium & worldwide generic imprint releases) 482.2020.020 5413356630329
Absolution CD 14 Taste Media, EastWest 2 61606 825646160624
Absolution CD 21 Taste Media, Motor Music (Germany) 06024 98655597, LC 04909 0602498655597
Absolution CD 14 EastWest, Taste Media 5050466-8587-2-6 5050466858726
Absolution CD + DVD-Video 14 + 5 Taste Media 482.2020.033 5413356632231
Absolution CD 14 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 48733‒2 093624873327
Absolution 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 6 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 48733-1 825646909445
Absolution CD 15 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCR-13672 4943674094264
Absolution (24bit/96kHz) Digital Media 15 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 825646024803
Absolution (24 bit/96 kHz) Digital Media 15 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) [none]
Promotion
Absolution 12" Vinyl 4 EastWest Records America (this label only briefly used between 1990–91, please read annotations before use) PR04298
Absolution (instrumental) CD-R 14 Warner Bros. Records (“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
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000384478 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/11052 [info]
Wikidata: Q210904 [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/muse/absolution/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/40100 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3cbd [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!