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Posted October 1, 2010
Weightless, thus far
I've listened to this entire cd 5 or 6 times so far...and I don't know what it is about it that makes me think: So what? The Resistance starts off somewhat strong with Uprising and The Resistance, then takes a left turn with Undisclosed Desires, followed by the Queen-influenced United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage). After that it's all kind of a blur, sonically. When my speakers go silent I'm always surprised the cd is over, because nothing after the first few tracks really catches my attention. Now, I've sat down and listened to every track individually, and they are good songs with a lot of effort and production value put into them. They just don't...I don't know...they don't "click" for some reason. Nothing seems to stick when the song is over. Even the three part Exogenisis Symphony doesn't seem to have a lasting effect. It should've been inserted halfway through the cd, not at the end. It makes it feel as though the cd dies with a whimper. There is a lot more piano work on The Resistance, which is nice. But, with Matt Bellamy being able to shred so well on a guitar, it makes me miss the old raw sound of Muse from Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry. I realize what the band was doing with the big sound the album puts out, it's just that the songs are all the same, lyrically, and none of them have any real weight, no lasting effect. As of right now, the first track, Uprising, is my favorite song. I'll keep listening to The Resistance. Maybe I'm missing something. It is definitely a layered album...I guess I just need to sift through the sea of computerized sound to actually hear the band and / or the point of the album. Black Holes and Revelations had a pop hook to it that made the songs stick, and Map of the Problematique and Assassin, in my opinion, are two of the best songs they've ever created. But The Resistance seems to lack any real substance, musically or lyrically. Yes, it's a beautiful sound they've created. But is it real music? Sound does not equal music. Maybe I'm just growing up. And maybe that sucks. But it is what it is.
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Posted January 24, 2010
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