British trio Muse have often been described as Radiohead-esque, but their latest offering, Absolution, should not be dismissed so readily. The members - guitarist, vocalist and keyboardist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenhome and drummer Dominic Howard - from Teignmouth, Devon, in the south of England, have been playing music together since their teenage years and first unveiled their graceful blending of piano, rock and strings in their first two albums Showbiz (1991) and Origin of Symmetry (2001). But with Absolution, they unveil a more dramatic and twisted sound. Each song is a beautifully crafted composition that deserves to be released as a single. When the theatrical opener Apocalypse Please begins, you know you're in for a treat. The brilliant single Time Is Running Out and two other outstanding tracks, Hysteria and Stockholm Syndrome, are more than just catchy melodies, but are carried along by fierce guitar solos and a neo-classical piano sound. Musically, Muse have achieved something that none of the recent rock sensations such as Kings of Leon or The Strokes can do, but true talents are the often the losers in the unfair fame game.