The Resistance

The Resistance

by Muse

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The Resistance

With its titanic guitar solos, symphonic suites, and multi-layered melodies, Muse's fifth album operates under the assumption that bigger is better. This is the very definition of a super-sized album, an album that takes its cues from Queen, its lyrics from science fiction novels, and its delivery from rock opera. It's also the first time that Muse has truly sounded like Muse, as few bands since Queen have so readily explored the intersection of bombast and extravagance. The Resistance is most certainly extravagant -- there are snatches of classical piano entwined throughout, not to mention bilingual lyrics, concert hall percussion, coronet solos, and song titles like "Exogenesis: Symphony, Pt. 2 (Cross-Pollination)" -- but it's also quite beautiful, capable of moving between prog rock choruses and excerpts from Chopin's "Nocturne in E Flat Major" within the same song. Presiding over the mix is frontman Matthew Bellamy, a man who seemingly aspires to be both Brian May and Freddie Mercury. He plays guitar, pounds the piano, and composes the album's orchestral parts, but his strongest asset is his voice, a sky-scraping tenor dripping with so much emotion that it's almost lewd. He croons, whispers, annunciates, and belts with confidence, a combination that makes him one of England's most dazzling singers in recent memory. And since a virtual mountain of voices is better than a single voice (remember: bigger is better), Bellamy also multi-tracks himself, creating towering stacks of harmonies during songs like "Resistance," "Undisclosed Desires," and the colossal "United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)." The band's tendency to pile excess upon excess doesn't always yield strong results, and there's a fine line between, say, the anthemic beauty of "Guiding Light" and the bizarre Timbaland-meets-Depeche Mode ambiance of "Undisclosed Desires." Even so, The Resistance is by and large a fantastic record, culminating in a three-song suite that finds the group jumping from classical movements to guitar fretwork to sweeping, swaggering, operatic rock. Those songs occupy the final 16 minutes of the disc, and while they'd likely make a bigger impact earlier in the track list, their mere presence indicates that Muse is finally growing comfortable with its own aspirations. Black Holes and Revelations may be a more commercial record, but The Resistance is Muse's most realized effort to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0825646874347
catalogNumber: 521130
Rank: 6045

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muse   Primary Artist
Audrey Riley   Conductor
Adrian Bushby   Noise,Hand Clapping
Edoardo de Angelis   Violin
Chris Wolstenholme   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Matthew Bellamy   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer,Group Member
Dominic Howard   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Paul Reeve   Noise,Hand Clapping
Enrico Gabrielli   Bass Clarinet

Technical Credits

Muse   Producer
Adrian Bushby   Engineer
Matthew Bellamy   Composer,Programming,Orchestral Arrangements,Re-arranged
Dominic Howard   Programming
Paul Reeve   Sound Effects

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The Resistance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Ruriksson More than 1 year ago
This is a good thing. My immediate thought after listening to this album was that they had somehow cloned Freddie Mercury, gave him a crash course in modern music technology and recent political history, gave him a symphony orchestra and a record deal and said 'Go nuts'. This album is fantastically detailed, full of musical twists and turns and complex melodies. The vocals, as always from Muse, are well thought out and epically moving. The multi-part vocal melodies are understated in places, major in places and would have made Queen proud. In fact, I have only one negative thing to say about the album; track three, 'Undisclosed Desires'. I'm pretty sure it wasn't their fault, though, since it sounds like they got mugged by a boy band on this single track. Skip it. Otherwise, there is no reason you should not be out buying this album.
Johnna More than 1 year ago
I am finding it difficult to write a review about this CD, mostly because I don't think I will be able to convey to someone just how unique and different this CD is. I Bought this CD because I liked the song "Uprising." Up until hearing that song I had never heard of Muse; OMG, have I been missing out on some unbelievably great music. Too my suprise,I absolutely love the entire CD. The lead vocalist is so intensely passionate about what he is singing; the musicians are unbelievably talented, intertwined with the classical music of the orchestra, make for an unforgettable CD. This is not just another prefabricated band, these guys are truly remarkable and talented musicians. I would love to see them live, but I see they are not scheduled for South Florida, you guys could probably use a tan, make room on your tour dates for South Florida. Johnna
Belle_Bennet More than 1 year ago
The amazing thing about Muse is their ability to create in multiple genres while sticking to their unique sound. "The Resistance" embodies this while telling a tale of love amid global chaos. The album moves almost seamlessly from the pounding anthem "Uprising" to the powerful classically inspired "Exogenesis Symphony". Drawing influence from 1984 and paying direct homage to Queen and Chopin there's no denying this album is epic.
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Celeste63 More than 1 year ago
Muse it fantastic - I am sorry it has taken me so long to fidn them!
kaiserchiefs29 More than 1 year ago
A Muse classic
cdngrl68 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy listening to Muse and this album just makes me love them even more. I love the variety of instruments that this band uses. I think that's why Muse is my #1 favorite of alternative music. So would love to see them live. Muse is spectacular!
treehugger45 More than 1 year ago
I love all of Muses music but this album is outstanding
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