1 continuing forever without end; "there are infinitely many possibilities" [syn: infinitely] [ant: finitely]
2 with unflagging resolve; "dance inspires him ceaselessly to strive higher and higher toward the shining pinnacle of perfection that is the goal of every artiste" [syn: ceaselessly, incessantly, unceasingly, unendingly, continuously]
3 (spatial sense) seeming to have no bounds; "the Nubian desert seemed to stretch out before them endlessly" [syn: without end]
4 all the time; seemingly without stopping; "a theological student with whom I argued interminably"; "her nagging went on endlessly" [syn: interminably]
Absolution is the third studio album by English alternative rock band Muse. It was released on September 21, 2003 in the UK and almost six months later on March 23, 2004 in the U.S. by Taste Music Limited. The album yielded the band's first big American hits - "Time Is Running Out" and "Hysteria", the former becoming their first UK Top 10 single. Unlike previous albums, the recording and releasing of Absolution was not subject to constraining schedules, allowing the band to take as much time as they felt necessary to refine and alter their songs.
As with their previous albums, Absolution is mostly targeted at the "alternative rock and hard rock" audiences, and has a strong apocalyptic tone that is typical of the genre.
Chart informationThe album debuted at No. 1 in the UK charts, and soon after, reached No. 1 in the French charts. Within weeks of release it reached the top 5 in twelve countries, the top 10 in fifteen countries and the top 20 in twenty countries. The album reached #107 in the United States. Due to the long delay between the UK version and U.S. version releases, Absolution remained popular worldwide for an unusually long time, and saw the release of 5 singles (and 1 charity special download "Apocalypse Please"). Absolution sold 71,597 in its first week in the UK and has gone on to sell over 600,000 (in the UK), making it double platinum. It has also gone platinum in Europe as of April 2005 with sales over 1,000,000 in the continent. The album has sold 513,000 in the United States as of April 2007 making it Muse's first album to go gold there. It has also sold over 2.5 million worldwide as of April 2007.
Track listingAll lyrics written by Matthew Bellamy, all music written by Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard, and Chris Wolstenholme, except where noted.
- "Intro" – 0:22
- "Apocalypse Please" – 4:12
- "Time Is Running Out" – 3:56
- "Sing for Absolution" – 4:54
- "Stockholm Syndrome" – 4:58
- "Falling Away with You" – 4:40
- "Interlude" – 0:37
- "Hysteria" (Bellamy/Wolstenholme) – 3:47
- "Blackout" – 4:22
- "Butterflies and Hurricanes" – 5:01
- "The Small Print" – 3:28
- "Endlessly" – 3:49
- "Fury" (bonus track between "Endlessly" and "Thoughts of a Dying Atheist" on Japanese release) – 5:02
- "Thoughts of a Dying Atheist" – 3:11
- "Ruled by Secrecy" – 4:54
Initial copies of the CD featured inlay errors, where the songs "Interlude" and "Hysteria" switched places on the track listing.
Limited edition UK bonus DVD
- "The Making of Absolution" documentary
Australian Tour Bonus Disc
This bonus CD is entirely composed of live versions, recorded at the Big Day Out in Sydney, January 23 2004 for Australian radio station Triple J and broadcasted in the radio show "Live at the Wireless".
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