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Absolution is Muse's third studio album, released in Britain on September 29th, 2003. The album contains 14 tracks and a bonus track, Fury, on the Japanese edition.

Six songs from Absolution were released as singles, in order: Stockholm Syndrome, Time is Running Out, Hysteria, Sing for Absolution, Apocalypse Please (download only), and Butterflies & Hurricanes.

OverviewEdit

The album is a fluid mixture of slower string/piano songs and heavier tracks, joined with two short instrumental interludes. Many of the tracks fade into each other, whilst others offer a complete contrast to the one previous.

Absolution is often regarded as the most dramatic album, with epic songs such as Sing for Absolution, the very dark Ruled by Secrecy, the classic slow Blackout, the fast paced Hysteria and the heavy Stockholm Syndrome, an anthem that is still used as the climax of many live performances.

TracklistEdit

All songs were written by Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard, except where noted.

  1. Intro – 0:22
  2. Apocalypse Please – 4:12
  3. Time is Running Out – 3:56
  4. Sing for Absolution – 4:54
  5. Stockholm Syndrome – 4:58
  6. Falling Away with You – 4:40
  7. Interlude – 0:37
  8. Hysteria (Bellamy, Wolstenholme) – 3:47
  9. Blackout – 4:22
  10. Butterflies & Hurricanes – 5:01
  11. The Small Print – 3:28
  12. Endlessly – 3:49
    • Fury (Japan bonus track) – 5:02
  13. Thoughts of a Dying Atheist – 3:11
  14. Ruled by Secrecy – 4:54

InstrumentationEdit

Matthew Bellamy

  • Lead vocals on all tracks except Intro and Interlude
  • Guitars on all tracks except Intro
  • Synthesizers on Sing for Absolution, Stockholm Syndrome, Falling Away With You, Endlessly and Ruled By Secrecy
  • Piano on Apocalypse Please, Sing for Absolution, Butterflies and Hurricanes, Endlessly and Ruled By Secrecy

Christopher Wolstenholme

  • Bass guitar on all tracks except Intro and Interlude
  • Backing vocals on all tracks except Intro and Interlude
  • Synthesizer on Hysteria

Dominic Howard

  • Drums on all tracks except Interlude

Paul Reeve

  • Backing vocals on Apocalypse Please and Blackout

Chart performanceEdit

Absolution charted in 15 countries, 13 more than its predecessor, Origin of Symmetry. It entered the top 5 of the charts in six countries and peaked in the top 5 in one more. The album stayed in the UK Albums Chart Top 75 for 57 weeks, much more than Origin managed. The country in which Absolution charted the longest was France, where it stayed in the Top 150 for 80 weeks, also making it the country in which Absolution stayed at number 1 for the longest.

Country
Entry
Peak
Chart
weeks
Australia Australia 22 21 14
Austria Austria 5 5 7
Belgium Belgium 32 7 13
Denmark Denmark 28 28 1
Finland Finland 12 12 10
France France 1 1 80
Germany Germany 11 11 5
Ireland Ireland 3 3 9
Italy Italy 7 7 12
Netherlands Netherlands 33 2 29
NewZealand New Zealand 35 17 9
Norway Norway 5 5 4
Portugal Portugal 7 7 6
Switzerland Switzerland 3 3 27
UnitedKingdom United Kingdom 1 1 57
TOTAL 1 1 283



Absolution

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