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The Resistance

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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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.

The Resistance is also available in a Special CD & DVD Limited Edition .

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 Sorry, not for me...

| | See all Jaylu63's reviews (3)

What`s going on? I just don`t get it. Is everyone listening to the same album as me? I have been a MASSIVE Muse fan since their magnificent debut album SHOWBIZ but I have to admit, the new album THE RESISTANCE is the most overblown, egotistical, pretentious, self indulgent and BORING piece of TWADDLE I have ever heard. What on earth was Matt Bellamy thinking when he wrote this dirge? In fact, I would go so far as to say that the EXOGENESIS SYMPHONY is the biggest waste of 12 minutes I have yet encountered. Part 1 is mind numbing, part 2 draws HEAVILY from Gershwins Symphony In Blue and part 3 is nothing more than a reworking of Ave Maria. If I wanted to listen to classical music I would play Sibelius or Chopin and, I am sorry to say, as talented as Matt is, he is no Chopin. What has happened to the foot stomping, fist punching anthems of late (Plug in Baby, Bliss, Sunburn, New Born etc.....)and why has it been replaced with this self-satisfying soulless DROSS? Sorry guys, as much as it pains me to say it, this album is TURGID. Anyone out there who is considering buying this album on the strength of earlier ones BEWARE. You WILL be disappointed.

 Out of this world

| | See all benbenben's reviews (16)

This album is phenomenal. Musically, it's by far the best thing they've ever done. And I'm a huge fan too. And have been for a long time. Muse fans should know that from album to album they've evolved. Complaints of "where is Plug In Baby?" and "where's Hysteria?" I'll tell you, Origin Of Symmetry and Absolution. If you want to hear those songs, listen to them. In songs like "Resistance", "Guiding Light", and the 3 part "Exogenesis" Muse are coming up with songs at least as good as those of old.

Muse are a band that continue to change and evolve. They move on. Not one album has sounded the same to another. I'm sure the next will also be different, but it will I'm sure, like this and every other Muse album before it, be colourful and rich in sound, ridiculously epic and totally over the top. But Muse always have been. Listen to Micro Cuts or Citizen Erased. Why is it only now a bad thing for some people? Because they've become popular with it maybe? They deserve all their success for continually making the most exciting and fresh music around. Muse are the band of the 21st century and long may they continue to do what they do best, make the most insanely phenomenal music in the world.

 Overblown, Pretentious, Stunning.....but is it Muse?

| | See all thelastdodobird's reviews (6)

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

 Please read this!

| | See all Pickabuser's reviews (13)

With respect to all my fellow Play.com reviewers, any muse fan can tell you that this album is the best album ever!, and I'm (as a die hard muse fan) no exception! this is the best album ever but I will also tell you why. Out of all of muse's efforts some fans might agree that there 2003 release "absolution" is the best album muse will ever do. Although this may be true, it is true in the sense that Muse's punk influence have been used to its full potential in "absolution". "The resistance" is a brand new direction evolved from there 2006 release "black holes and revelations". Although "The Resistance" contains the recognisable classical structures mixed with good old rock and roll anthemic sounds, the album contains a uplifting yet melancholy sound, with lyrics inspiring rebellious antics towards today's political endeavours. Not to worry any fans of the old material, there are some fantastic punk/ rock and roll songs to please any Wembley audience, such as "Unnatural selection" and "MK Ultra", where as there usual attempts to break the top 10 charts exist with the radio friendly single "Uprising". The biggest stand out which has caused worry to some muse fans is the three part orchestra song curated and written by Matthew Bellamy. The song itself features little lyrics but shows that a great deal of thought and creativity have gone into this song and is well worth a listen. To finish, this album is a completely new direction to muse's sound and a fantastic listen from start to finish. Be prepared to listen to the most interesting and most powerful record Muse have made to date!! We as die hard Muse fans....can only hope for more from the tremendous trio.....Plug in baby!

 10 out of 10!!! 100%

| | See all lonanofriends's reviews (7)

Managed to get myself an early listen. Have to say, its easily one of the best albums Ive ever heard, let alone their best album. If you thought the symphonies were going to be too pretentious and profligate, you will be happy in the knowledge that they have pulled it off exetremely well. Cant wait until I can get a copy. Wont stop listening to it for a loooong time

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