The Resistance

Studio Album by released in 2009
The Resistance's tracklist:
Undisclosed Desires
United States of Eurasia / Collateral Damage
Guiding Light
Unnatural Selection
MK Ultra
I Belong to You / Mon cur s'ouvre a ta voix
Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1: Overture
Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 2: Cross-Pollination
Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 3: Redemption

The Resistance review

Muse’s music is far out of any classification

It has been three years since the release of Muse’s breakthrough album Black Holes & Revelations, one after the Wembley performance recording H.A.A.R.P.: Live From Wembley, and the numerous fans never ceased guessing in what direction the British trio is going to move further. As a variant Mathew Bellamy and his friends could try something completely new, return to the very beginning of their creative work or continue the fantastic course taken on Black Holes & Revelations. Yet their fifth album The Resistance surprised everybody. The point is that Muse has retained its best qualities on it such as amazing vocals, deeply thought lyrics and the musicians’ great playing and added something else to them. Partially the album The Resistance reminds of its predecessor, but on the whole it is an utterly unique work offering songs that raise the trio on an absolutely new level. The slight portion of experiment and a real surprise at the end – these are only a part of this stunning record’s advantages, so it is a must-have for everyone who values not only good quality rock music but also the music which is far out of any classification.

Each song on The Resistance has its own special message

Muse has been preparing the fans for The Resistance for quite some time but it was impossible to predict what a great collection would come out of it. Each song on the album is different from the others with its own special message and meaning. Love and world situation keep on inspiring Mathew in his songwriting, and he has revealed his inner world to a greater extent this time around. The album opens with the first single Uprising, in which the threat to the world can be heard – it is already impossible to imagine Muse without these themes. The title song Resistance is one of the most impressive pieces of the record’s first part: it offers a contagious tune on both verses and chorus, a harmonious sounding of the strong vocals and powerful accompaniment and an unusual interpretation of love. A splendid number Undisclosed Desires is also among the album’s highlights with its close-to-pop synthesizer rhythm, new for Muse, and melodious singing. The track United States Of Eurasia (Collateral Damage) is a completely different story, it is refined with piano chords at the beginning, with wonderful oriental motifs in the middle and Chopin’s nocturne №2 at the end, and moreover, it also reminds of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. A slow philosophic composition Guiding Light conquers from the very first sounds of drums and vocals, whereas the perfect love lyrics are embodied on another up-tempo song I Belong To You (Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Toi). Yet the most interesting is left to finish the album: it is the three parts of one wonderful piece, Exogenesis Symphony, Pt. I: Overture, Exogenesis Symphony, Pt. II: Cross Pollination and Exogenesis Symphony, Pt. III: Redemption, which Bellamy has been long working on and has finally given his masterpiece to the world.

Everything best in the world’s music history

The fact that Muse never stops looking for a new sound certainly cannot but please. Classic symphonic music is combined with heavy riffs, powerful bass lines and no less impressive drums on The Resistance. If they spoke of the band as of the most concerned with the world’s destiny musicians after Black Holes & Revelations, then now we can add ‘the most striving for perfection’ to the definition. The comparisons with Queen, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, U2 and the other bands are inevitable and of course they witness that Bellamy and his crew follow the examples of the best. Muse creates music in which everything best in the world’s music history is concentrated making the listeners feel the strongest emotions over and over again. In general we can discuss The Resistance as much as possible, no less – about each of its songs separately and especially, yet this splendid record has been created to be listened to, so start and enjoy.

Alexandra Zachernovskaya (17.09.2009)
Rate review4.73
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