Twenty years ago, Muse released what would become one of the most significant albums of their career - "Absolution." Today, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this timeless masterpiece with an epic reissue that brings fans closer to the band's vision than ever before. This remarkable album propelled Muse into the stadium-slaying stratosphere, earning them their first No.1 spot and a headline performance at Glastonbury, a bittersweet honor marked by tragedy.
In a post-9/11 world shrouded in fear and paranoia, "Absolution" became the battle cry for Muse as they fearlessly marched into the 21st century. The album's dark anthems and poignant piano ballads showcased the band's remarkable range, with frontman Matt Bellamy's haunting vocals captivating listeners' emotions. Songs like "Apocalypse Please" and "Stockholm Syndrome" tackled heavy topics, reflecting the challenging times in which they were created.
The 20th-anniversary reissue of "Absolution" includes a meticulously remastered album available on both CD and vinyl, ensuring an optimal audio experience. Fans will also delight in the bonus content, including an outstanding live version of "Blackout" and a stripped-back take of "Butterflies & Hurricanes." The cherry on top is a detailed 40-page book providing an intimate look at how this extraordinary album came to life.
"Absolution" marked a turning point for Muse, solidifying their status as one of the most innovative and influential bands of the era. The album's grandiose yet thought-provoking compositions became the blueprint for the band's subsequent works. Anthems like "Time Is Running Out" and "Hysteria" balanced perfectly with introspective ballads such as "Sing For Absolution" and "Ruled By Secrecy," showcasing Muse's astonishing musical versatility.
If you have yet to experience the power of "Absolution" or are a long-time fan eager to relive its magic, now is the perfect time. With the impending sense of an uncertain future, this reissue serves as a poignant reminder of our mortality and reminds us to embrace the incredible artistry that defines our time. So turn up the volume and let Muse's "Absolution" be your soundtrack as we navigate these challenging times together.