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The Resistance (Limited Edition CD & DVD)

Released on 14 September 2009

Artist: Muse

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  1. Uprising
  2. Resistance
  3. Undisclosed Desires
  4. United States Of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)
  5. Guiding Light
  6. Unnatural Selection
  7. Mk Ultra
  8. I Belong To You (+Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Ta Voix)
  9. Exogenesis : Symphony Part I (Overture)
  10. Exogenesis : Symphony Part II (Cross- Pollination)
  11. Exogenesis : Symphony Part III (Redemption)
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The Resistance - The Making Of

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Fronted by one of the most distinctive voices in modern music, Matt Bellamy, alternative rock giants Muse return with their most orchestral album to date, The Resistance. Following the monumental commercial and critical success of their earlier releases, notably the multi award-winning 'Absolution' and 2006's breathtakingly eclectic 'Black Holes And Revelations', album number 5 finds the Devonshire trio in more spectacular form than ever.

Riff-heavy and with a foot-stomping chorus, 'Uprising' launches The Resistance on an emphatic note. Synth-led and dominated by Matt Bellamy's recognisable falsetto vocal, the album's first single is a worthy introduction to the grandiose, unpredictable whirlwind of a musical adventure that follows. The guitar-less 'Undisclosed Desires' offers much darker undertones, whilst the wild, euphoric chanting during 'United States Of Eurasia' is likely to be echoed across summer festivals for years to come. Lyrically at least, The Resistance is a love album where love is fiercely fought for in a chaotic, often difficult society. This is perhaps most obvious on 'I Belong To You', an epic, swooning ballad smothered in opera and jazz influences, with gentle R&B overtones and even a clarinet solo. The romance serves merely as a calm before the storm, when the realisation that our time on this planet is limited, emphatically told during the final trio of songs: the three part orchestral work, 'Exogensis: Symphony'. Muse have shown signs of classical tendencies in previous offerings, but never quite to this scale. Adventurous, confident and bordering on outrageous, the 12 minutes of the string-heavy 'Exogensis: Symphony' builds to a thrilling climax before resting on a dramatic, comforting conclusion.

Undoubtedly one the most anticipated rock albums of 2009, the long wait has been truly justified. A sweeping collection of songs where classical and rock influences collide but never clash, no words can exaggerate the brilliance of The Resistance . Having outlived many of their peers, Muse have not only sustained the immense quality of their previous work but have once again excelled themselves, creating a genuine modern masterpiece in the process.

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 New Era

| | See all Dayzee's reviews (4)

Playing the CD for the first time I felt it was a mixture of techno and rifts from old songs and felt a little disappointed. The DVD gave and insight into the structure of the songs and is well worth watching. Then I saw Muse at the Birmingham NIA and it was the best concert I have seen them perform. After I put the CD on, sat back eyes closed and let the music wash over me, it's a long time since I was so moved and reduced to tears by music. This is a New Era, give it a chance and don't judge on the first play.

 Incredible!

| | See all Tonelone's reviews (2)

I listened to the album when it was streamed on Muse's website and it's just Incredible!

It's different from the previous albums, but at the same time it's still good old Muse.

Marvelous!

 Wanders off the beaten track

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This is the best trio since Cream.
Each is a master musician and together their sum total is greater than the number.
Live they are the best, but this offering has too much electronic drums and other effects.
It is difficult to hear the excellent slap bass by Chris on Undisclosed desires.
If Muse and Matt especially wanted to introduce heavy strings onto an album it would have been better to make it a double album.

Muse is at their strongest when stripped down to the basics and are pumping out riffs and hooks on guitar bass and drums. This work has so many obvious lifts from other artists that it starts to collapse under the weight of self indulgence.

Why so many hand claps, click beats and sound effects. The album does not flow as well as the second third and fourth albums which are the ones to listen to if you want to get to the real deal.

On the plus side, nice lyrics and passionate delivery but why so drowned in overdubs. Soon they will require more than one support musician on tour as this is getting off the beaten track that has served them so well to date.

I was expecting a lot and sadly this one falls well short on plain honest rock and venom. I like classical music but Matt jumps in the deep end and expects us to join him. At times it is just a wall of sound and blots out the talent that is in existance but heavily driven to the back by all manner of bad production and expressions.

I bought the special copy with DVD and that is a nice insight into the band and adds value to the package but it is still a let down in my book

 Resistance is Futile!

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With Muse and each album they release I always think there is something so similar, but yet different and refreshing and so it was with the eagerness of a giddy schoolboy that I awaited the release (and purchase thereof) of their latest offering.

Even though I have been a fan of Muse since "Showbiz" in 1999 and had a wonderful experience of seeing them at Glasto in2000 I never know exactly what to expect from them. There had been a lot of hype surrounding this album and I loved the single "Uprising" which only excited me more and so what did I think after my first listen....not much if I'm honest! Hmmm actually a little disappointing, obviously there must be something wrong or I had the wrong CD! I checked and it was right, it was Muse - The Resistance. Feeling that Gremlins may have invaded my CD player I quickly put the album back on and realised (thankfully) that my first and foremost impressions had been completely and utterly wrong! Once I had gotten past the hype and expectedness of only "The Greatest Album Ever" out of my head did I realise what a gem this album is.

My problem was that although I didn't know what to expect, I had infact expected the album to blow me away before I even pressed play. Is this the greatest album ever, no! Is this the best Muse album yet....quite possibly it could be, it's certainly the most complex! When you really listen to it and realise what went into creating these majestic songs you start to realise how amazing they and Muse are! Take for example the three part ending to the album "Exogenesis" which used over 40 musicians in the recording process alone!

The Resistance a refreshing step forward and masterclass from Britain finest that will continue to amaze you and allow you to hear something new with each and every listen. Therefore this album easily gets 5 stars! Is every song worth 5 stars, sadly no...there are some slight weaknesses here (as there are with any album), but as an overall album and the fact that the majority of the songs are amazing it can't be given any less.

So just go buy this album and just enjoy it, that's what it's there for...oh and I haven't even had a chance to watch the Bonus DVD, but I'm looking forward to a chance to!

 CD Increible DVD muy pobre

| | See all Javirobu's reviews (4)

The Resistance es un disco que marca un nuevo cambio musical en Muse, quizás a los más puristas no les convezca del todo, a mi personalmente me ha sorprendido y me ha enganchado cuando lo escuchado varias veces, quizas lo que mas hecho de menos sea esas canciones potentes de discos anteriores, aun asi, si eres fan de Muse no te puede faltar.
En cuanto al DVD, un poco pobre, un making off algo rancio de la produccion del album, y nada de videoclips o actuaciones en directo, no veo que valga mucho la pena la verdad, si eres muy fan bien, pero si no no vale la pena.

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