As you’ll read from my weekly ramblings, I’m a huge British indie rock fan. But don’t you worry your pretty little heads, I will talk about other types of music from time to time. It’s just that you tend to write about what you love, and this is just something that I love. So in anticipation of the new Muse album due out on June 8th, I decided to review my favorite Muse album, Absolution. I started listening to them long before the Twihards were a sparkly glimmer in anyone’s eyes, and they have continued to make music. Their ever-changing sound is one of the many things I admire about them.
Absolution is all over the map in terms of sound. Sampling from different genres is essentially what this band does best. Each song takes on a completely different tone and direction. The album opens with “Apocalypse Please” which has a key pounding piano riff that hooked me from the start and kept me listening to the end. That’s one thing that I love about this band as a whole: their unconventional use of the piano within rock and the operatic sound that they have cultivated over the years. “Time Is Running Out” is my number one favorite song on this album and maybe my all-time favorite Muse song. It speaks to the proof in heartbreak for anyone who cares about someone and gives them everything and finally can’t take it, finally letting the clock run down and moving on with their life no matter how hard it may seem.
Take the album title: Absolution. It means formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment. Track four, “Sing for Absolution,” does its job notably, embodying title to the core. In the song, the band talks about lips turning blue indicating death, meaning the only time you can truly be forgiven is in death, a sad but definitely relateable concept in many of our lives.
In “Stockholm Syndrome,” the chorus says, “This is the last time I’ll abandon you/ And this is the last time I’ll forget you/ I wish I could,” reaffirming the dichotomy of good and bad, and light and dark in this complex album.
This album has ultimate highs and somber lows from “Falling Away with You” to “Hysteria.” I recommend this album with as many stars as possible and in my opinion, Absolution is by far Muse’s best album.
Don’t get me wrong though, I’m excited for the new album, but also torn. Do I have high hopes for it? Of course! Muse is one of my favorite bands. But the last album didn’t feel like them, it felt rushed and just…off. (That’s not-so-subtle code for “I loved it but feel they could have done more because I expect the best from them.”) Based on what I’ve heard so far, though, it looks like they’re reclaiming their sound and the new album should knock any rocker on their ass!