Muse are undoubtedly one of the greatest bands in the world right now. Their live shows sell out in minutes, they have won countless awards and of course are recognised with their own brand of distinctive music. The huge success of Black Holes and Revelations was still fresh in our minds so when news broke that there was going to be a 5th album in the pipeline, critics professional and fans alike were on the ready to pick with what seemed inevitable holes in Muse's musical repertoire. But what they found was an album of absolute perfection.
The album chucks you straight into the deep end with the heavy and devastating rhythms of 'Uprising', from there it goads you on into inevitable musical mortality.
Unofficially it was described as the most experimental album Muse have made and it shows in certain areas (especially near the end). 'Undisclosed Desires' has an immediate Depeche Mode/Timbaland feel about it but combined with the simple yet funky beats of Dominic Howard, the nonchalant sounding slap-bass from Chris Wolstenholm and of course the soulful voice of Matt Bellamy ringing out, it provides a hauntingly smooth harmony about it. Of course we cannot forget the ridiculous but quite brilliantly inventiveness of Exo-Genesis which has been designed to go where no artist has never ever gone before.
Gratefully Muse have kept afloat their musical ideology which has made them great in the first place. 'Resistance' contains the classic Muse composition of a song; the spine-tingling synth, elegant verses and powerful choruses and solos. What impressed me most with The Resistance is how well the album flowed from one song to the next. The best example is when you start listening to the dramatic sound of 'United States of Eurasia' and after it flows to the beautiful and charming sound of Guiding Light.
I think it is safe to say that after this triumph the trio from the small town in Teignmouth, Devon can be considered as musical legends for years to come. And that this album will still be bought 20 years down the line by the new generation of rockers who will look upon Muse as inspiration.
Matt, Chris and Dom we salute you.