Review Summary: If Muse is a new band to you, it's a good first album to listen to.
but to all you die hard Muse fans, you should listen to it. But you probably won't be pleased
Let's get this out of the way. To all the people that have been with Muse since 'Showbiz', this album was a disappointment; because we know what Muse is capable of. After breaking grounds with 'Origin of Symmetry', demolishing those expectations with 'Absolution', and giving us awesome tracks on 'Blackholes and Revelations'... 'The Resistance' kind of failed.
The Resistance starts off strong with Uprising (4/5). It brings us to reality to what is happening in the world and gives us some motivation on overcoming the great political obstacles that the people must compete against. This song sets up the epic song that the album is based around, Resistance (5/5). It is a love song but puts a unique twist on it. Instead of saying, "we were made for each other" like many other bands do with their love songs, Muse says in Resistance that the world will try to keep us separated but together we can rise up and resist all corruption. "Love is our Resistance."
The album then loses its pace with Undisclosed Desires (2/5). It is another love song with a unique twist, but it just did not satisfy me as a long time Muse fan. It has the same story as the song Resistance almost, but it will simply bore you to death.
The album semi-picks up again with United States of Eurasia (3/5). The lyrics are powerful maintaining the "resistance" aspect. This song describes what the government is doing to people in our world. It stretches the truth a little, but it works well. The lyrics are the strong point in this song. But, that makes it boring considering Matt only sings for 1/3 of the song.
The song Guiding Light (4/5) is very good however. I took it as another love song that is trying to reach out to someone that is lost in someone's life. Matt proclaims, "I still reach for you." And the lyrics are very powerful as well is the music.
Unnatural Selection (3.5/5) takes the scientific term unnatural selection and blends it into our world's problems. The term unnatural selection means when an organism is not suit to its environment. This song describes how we as Americans are not suit to the environment we are living in.
MK Ultra (3/5) is another song describing how the government is taking over. Nothing special.
I Belong to You (3/5) is a very mature song. Not because of the content, but simply because of the nature of the song. The last 1/4 of the song is in french. It will not satisfy your rock n' roll standards, but it will satisfy your taste for unique easy listening.
The last three symphonies are beautiful. It is mostly music but it is written superbly. But be warned, you must be in the mood for a full blown symphony.