Muse are my favourite band ever and i was worried about the new direction Matt Bellamy was taking the band in (clarinet solos, 3 part symphonies, slap bass) you would be forgiven to think that Muse have finally gone too far, well after buying on release day all i can say is... i had no reason to doubt them.
The Resistance is Muse most experimental album to date, featuring less of the heavy riff laden songs like Plug In Baby, Stockholm Syndrome and Knights of Cydonia that we all love and it is this that has put off the so called 'hardcore' Muse fans.For those worried about the new classical direction, there was no need to as in most cases the orchestral strings merely add another element to the songs rather than dominate them... that is until you reach Exogenesis Symphony. If you're the kind of Muse fan that likes their experimental side for ex. Blackout, Map Of The Problematique, Falling Away With You, Hoodoo, City of Delusion you will like this album. If you're just in it for the riffs download Unnatural Selection featuring a classic Matt Bellamy 'New Born' era heavy riff.
The Resistance has mainly two themes those been love (Resistance, Undisclosed Desires, Guiding Light) and conspiracy (Uprising, United States of Eurasia, Unnatural Selection), by now you'll have heard 'Uprising' the one that sounds like T-Rex, Marilyn Manson and the Doctor Who theme rolled into one, and the first sample of the album United States Of Eurasia- which features the much talked about Queen vocal harmonies sung to an Indiana Jones/James Bond movie soundtrack yet to be made.
Going through the album tracks there are no bad songs on here, everyone is different yet all feature the great hooks and quirks Muse bring to the table.
'Resistance' uses the 80's electronic drum sound of 'Map of The Problematique' and adds Queen-esque harmonies to an epic overblown Muse chorus.
'Undisclosed Desires' features a more RnB feel, sounding like 'Supermassive Blackhole' after the guitar has been stripped away replaced with slap bass and produced by Timbaland.
'Guiding Light' My worst track on the album, a slow, lighter waving power ballad complete with a Van Halen guitar solo. Similar in structure to BHAR 'Invincible', but also incorporating the drum beat from Ultravox hit 'Vienna'.
'Unnatural Selection' features an organ intro, then comes a classic Bellamy riff, before more lyrics about conspiracies, thought police and fighting the power (The Illuminati?) in what is one of two traditional Muse songs on The Resistance.
'MK Ultra' is another good album track sounding like an 'Absolution' era Muse song, (personally reminds me of 'Fury' the B side of 'Sing For Absolution').
'I Belong To You' wow this will upset the hardcore fans, easiest way to describe it is 'Feeling Good' mixed with Scissor Sisters, also features Matt singing in French and a clarinet solo... a guilty pleasure for me. You have to hear it to believe it.
'Exogenesis Symphony' Matt Bellamy has had this in his head for years and now is the time to release it on the world. Simply its amazing my favourite is part 1 (Overture), any strings you've heard in any Muse song pale in comparison to this. Parts 2 and 3 (Cross Pollination and Redemption) are slighty more mellow, but none the less brilliant, featuring less heavy guitar and more string arrangements, each part starts off slow and builds to a fitting climax. 'Exogenesis' tells the tale of humans leaving to re-populate another planet. 12 minutes long and easily the most ambitious piece to date. Play on a proper stereo.
The Resistance is a 5 star album, how you rate it depends on the type of fan you are. Its an awesome achievement, just dont expect BHAR/Absolution part 2