Series on the revolution in 20th century music looks at the fragmented, abstract and discordant sound taken up by radical composers such as Schoenberg and Webern.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Music - Absolution (album) - Netflix
Absolution is the third studio album by English rock band Muse. It was released on 15 September 2003 in Japan, 22 September 2003 in the United Kingdom by East West Records and Taste Media and 23 March 2004 in the United States by Warner Bros. Records. The album followed up on Origin of Symmetry's diverse musical tendencies and elaborate sound, while also having a more focused and consistent theme and aesthetic throughout. Absolution has a noticeably darker and heavier tone musically, with a lyrical focus on theological and apocalyptic concepts. The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. It also yielded the band's first top 10 single hit, with “Time Is Running Out” peaking at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2009, it was voted by Kerrang! as the second-best album of the 21st century thus far.
The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Music - Critical reception - Netflix
Absolution was met with positive reviews from critics, holding an average critic score of 72 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 16 reviews. Alternative Press wrote that the album's “chaotic choruses feel like the triumphant culmination of some earth-shattering undertaking”, while Andrew Future of Drowned in Sound called it “a truly elemental opus”. Tyler Fisher of Sputnikmusic hailed Absolution as Muse's most consistent album to date and felt that the album had perfected the sound of the band's previous releases, writing that it “expands on newer sounds and improves on others.” Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote: “Muse sound like a band who are at the top of their game. Their confidence carries you through the album's excesses.” Rob Kemp of Rolling Stone was less enthusiastic, drawing Radiohead comparisons but concluding that Matt Bellamy “doesn't bring as much ingenuity to his singing.” In 2005, Absolution was ranked number 345 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. The album was placed in at No. 23 after a public vote for Q in February 2008 for the Best British Albums of All Time.
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