The Spinners

Absolution (Muse, 2003)

In British, Pop, Richard Bolisay on January 3, 2010 at 6:28 am

Absolution has that graceful heartlessness of a deity. It is a loud and proud album, like the band itself, and easily my favorite among their releases—though I have a soft spot for Showbiz, and the overpraised Black Holes and Revelations doesn’t even come close to it—because recently their music has been quite a letdown due to incessant sameness, a little turgid, uninteresting, and disappointingly excessive. In Absolution, however, I dig the steel image, the hardcore cynicism, the-end-of-the-world-in-god’s-name-shoutout, Bellamy’s falsettos, and the riffs that give it all away. I’m thinking that Muse can never replicate a record this intense, this amazingly noisy, and this hellish unless they start to come out of their comfort zones. Absolution always reminds me of its power to levitate—to alienate—and to take me faraway. My heart is always on vacation every time I listen to this.

– Richard Bolisay

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