Muse
The Resistance


4.5
superb

Review

by erasedcitizen USER (7 Reviews)
November 14th, 2009 | 109 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


This has been a long time coming for Muse. Coated in harmonious passion, “The Resistance” has proved many things: they haven’t lost their touch, for amidst their borrowing there is a sound still distinctly Muse. They’ve learned to compromise the furthest extents of their skills for the finest melody; the album recalls elegance seemingly lost when classical vanished from pop-culture. Astutely slick, Muse is a seamless entity with one focus, a transition similar to that of a self-taught musician who started taking lessons from a seasoned veteran. Muse has released a singular piece of music as opposed to pieces of one that just barely capture a sense of coherency, crudely categorized as related because the lyrics are. “Origin of Symmetry” has much better songs than “The Resistance”, but the latter is an infinitely better album. They have adopted some very traditional songwriting techniques, beginning their album with a bold declaration of purpose, carrying along that inquisitive theme with intense rock, and concluding on a softer note that is still intensely persistent in conveying the album’s rebellious motif. The boys hinted at something of this sort with the slightly contemporary compositions throughout “Black Holes and Revelations” (some far more so than others); lead singer Matt Bellamy’s lyrics were less than insightful, the instrumentation suffered clichés as well and I figured that this would be the end of Muse’s uniqueness. Thankfully I was wrong. The most interesting thing about this record, despite its strict custom, is Muse’s freshness; they’ve laid down exacting ground rules, but once they take flight from that ground extraordinary things happen, like the raw guitar solo near the end of Unnatural Selection or Bellamy’s orgasmic conquering of his highest pitch when the first part of the Exogenesis Symphony climaxes. This has been a long time coming; this is Muse’s first perfect record.

Their new sound depicts such yearning, the kind felt by an unheard lover, one who terribly desires the company of someone who isn’t there; he is outcast and alone, but has tasted the delicacies of life and desperately wants her back like any good Romeo – he has dedicated this entire album to her, his loudest, happiest and saddest moments condensed into one flowing piece with no dam in sight. While it seems at times throughout Bellamy is addressing a single person, he is also speaking to virtually everyone; the vague yet relevant messages of “The Resistance” are delivered with the zealous passion of a leader, a swift and honest performance, a great warning on one hand and a proclamation of devotion on another. Muse want to be heroic in their own way, and that doesn’t mean marching on the homes of antagonistic fat-cats with flags and torches, but piercing the polluted air as a guiding light, since there are so few left in plain view. Hopeful, the ecstatic harmonies in songs like Guiding Light, MK-Ultra, and Undisclosed Desires can gently force your eyes shut in enchanting delight. Never before have Muse been so focused on one thing, and because of that, this may come off as plain or lesser than their deeper dives into the musical realm to some (I admit that this work is inferior to Symmetry) but I don’t think it’s possible to want to be the same kind of musician forever. With each song here being drastically different than its predecessor and successor alike yet retaining the intense lyrical and melodious craves that add sparkling animation to the music (animation that can be physically proven, because I have never blushed so powerfully in ecstasy on account of a song before hearing the Exogenesis Overture, a previously absent radiance), I don’t think Muse want that either.

Therefore, “The Resistance” is varied, an enthralling exploration of vast interests that knows its roots as well as where it wants to go. Take the first three tracks for example, you have Uprising, the first single, a rebel’s anthem, a radio-ready head-turner. This song managed to change a lot of minds about Muse, whether for better or worse, either way, it was effective as a good single should be, sparking controversy (to whatever length) and excitement. Afterwards the epic Resistance showers us in romance and danger, describing a self-doubt crushed under the weight of overpowering emotion, claiming that “love is our resistance”. Finally, Undisclosed Desires is our first encounter with her lover’s aching desire, a smooth pop song with dreams lusting for affection, declaring allegiance to someone who has misplaced her glory, determined to find it, return it, and cherish it. These themes travel far and wide across new lands, each with a different but refined musical taste, the styles of which are taught to Muse who learn them in an able manner. “The Resistance” is this band’s most productive journey, one that has Bellamy singing in French and almost replacing his trusty guitar with synthesizers, pianos, and violins, but don’t fret over such trivial changes for the things they have resulted in are crucial to Muse who will become a stirring ocean of spiritual rapture, one that washes despair to its far shores and conjures deadly storms to orgasm. The album takes much time to grow into this masterpiece I see it as, eventually it should be classic and I have a good feeling that it will be. The seasoning of aging nourishes “The Resistance” and judging by the album’s relentless power, will continue to do so, and that is because this record belongs in the future, soaring from ear to ear through a dazzling celestial city under a gleaming white sun, just born, and the album will score its beautiful yet tragic life.



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bodiesinflight57
November 14th 2009


870 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Decent review I suppose...however you seem to be suggesting that it's a really original album, which is nonsence

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 14th 2009


157 Comments


Good review, but I think the rating's a bit high in comparison to everyone else's. But, hell, I havn't had a chance to listen to this yet so I don't know...

bodiesinflight57
November 14th 2009


870 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Sorry, nonsense

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 14th 2009


157 Comments


...?

erasedcitizen
November 14th 2009


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aside from a few moments on "Eurasia" and the entirety of "Guiding Light", this album is very original.

TheStarclassicTreatment
November 14th 2009


2910 Comments


no it isn't

and its not actually good either :/

nonetheless, good review

Douchebag
November 14th 2009


3624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as you make it out to be, but this album gets WAY too much hate.

I just saw the new video on TV...

jagride
November 14th 2009


2372 Comments


Stinky album

po0ty
November 14th 2009


491 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I dont really love any of the songs on this...and OoS and Absolution are 4.5/5's for me.

Asiatic667
November 14th 2009


4648 Comments


boring band, tbh

AtavanHalen
November 14th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Review was the stroking and pleasuring of Bellamy's paste-white shaft down in the depths of his pantaloons.

I could have just said the review was a toss, but much like you I choose to talk absolute crap about nothing in particular.

erasedcitizen
November 14th 2009


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Even though Matt is the primary songwriter in this band I did address Muse far more than I did him. If you wouldn't mind, it'd be helpful if you explained how you missed the several details I included referencing and describing the music, or why you think they aren't relevant.

IndieOut
November 15th 2009


498 Comments


perfect example of how a staff rates an album low and everyone on the site follows suit. no way this album deserves a 3 overall average

hydeyomoney
November 15th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

more like its pretty bleh.

AtavanHalen
November 15th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Umm.

Their new sound depicts such yearning, the kind felt by an unheard lover, one who terribly desires the company of someone who isn’t there; he is outcast and alone, but has tasted the delicacies of life and desperately wants her back like any good Romeo – he has dedicated this entire album to her, his loudest, happiest and saddest moments condensed into one flowing piece with no dam in sight.


This is the biggest load of shit I have ever read.

IndieOut
November 15th 2009


498 Comments


LMFAOOOOOOOO

LeeHarveyKennedy
November 15th 2009


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So Muse's "first perfect record" still only gets a 4.5?

erasedcitizen
November 15th 2009


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

We've established that you think the review is a piece of shit, but your opinion is a piece of shit also because you're not explaining it to me. Waste your time somewhere else or give me some real critique.

Bfhurricane
November 15th 2009


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, you're a very strong writer, I'll give you that. Your thoughts and praises of the album seem like one big run-on thought, I recommend splitting your reviews into more paragraphs and concentrating your arguments.

Also, at times you talk about the concept of the songs and lyrics moreso than the appeal they give. Quite honestly, Undisclosed Desires bores me to tears, there's nothing good about that song, despite your claims about the genuine intent in the lyrics.

Try to address the controversial parts of this album. If you feel that a song deserves more credit than it's given, talk about why that is. You throw fancy adjectives all over the place without any reinforcement from the songs themselves. If you can do that effectively, then disagreements are just a matter of opinion rather than bashing.

AtavanHalen
November 15th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Did that REALLY need to be explained?



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