Muse - The Resistance Album Review

The Resistance is the fifth studio album by English alternative rock band Muse, released in Europe on 14 September 2009.
The album was produced by the band and mixed by Mark Stent.
In terms of sound and sonic vision, “The Resistance” is their most ambitious long-player yet, which is clearly saying something. They have blown up the robo-Funk/monster riff/stadium Space Rock sound of Black Holes and widened their viewfinder even further to take in an even greater horizon of sound. For Muse, reverting to a successful template would be simply meaningless.

An unbelievable fusion of heavy rock, 80s style synths, classical and opera. Dark and edgy in that particular Muse-like way, yet somehow fun and uplifting at the same time. Overall, this album is a fantastic collection of musical varieties that you will listen to again and again.

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Muse - The Resistance Track Listing

1. “Uprising” – 5:02
2. “Resistance” - 5:46
3. “Undisclosed Desires” - 3:56
4. “United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)” - 5:47
5. “Guiding Light” – 4:13
6. “Unnatural Selection” - 6:54
7. “MK Ultra” - 4:06
8. “I Belong to You (+Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix)” - 5:38
9. “Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1 (Overture)” - 4:18
10. “Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2 (Cross-Pollination)” - 3:56
11. “Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemption)” - 4:37

Bonus DVD

1. “The Making of The Resistance” – 43:53

All songs written and arranged by Matthew Bellamy (with exception of: “Collateral Damage”, which is a loose recital of Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 by Frédéric Chopin; and “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix”, from the opera Samson and Delilah, written by Camille Saint-Saëns).
The album’s first single, “Uprising“, was released on 7 September 2009 and peaked at number one on U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs.

Yet another classic following on from Black Holes and Absolution. The Resistance is a bit different but still Prog Rock at it’s best.
Slightly more Orchestral than the previous albums, especially with the last three tracks Exogenesis Overture/Cross-Pollination/Redemption but it sounds great on first listening and just improves with every outing.

Album Information

Released 14 September 2009
Recorded 2008 - 2009 at Studio Bellini, Lake Como, Italy
Genre New prog, Alternative rock, Symphonic rock
Length 54:18
Label Warner Bros., Helium 3
Producer Muse

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