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Original, inspirational and gives me real hope...

This album doesn't only show an already well established band taking a huge step in a completely different direction, but it is also an example of musical genius... Firstly i would like to say, I am certain there will be many disappointed muse fans out there who are expecting the muse we are all used to - the ground breaking guitar riffs, the heavy bass lines and the variety of guitar experimentation from like likes of Plug In Baby, Hysteria and Stockhom Syndrome . If you were expecting and hoping for another Origin Of Symmetry/Absolution, you will be disappointed. Yet what you get on this album are a set of tracks that have been developed in such a way that they each have its own unique character. It must be listened to from an outsiders point of view, not from a muse fans' point of view. Musically and Lyrically it is simply ingenious. Here are my ratings for each track... Uprising 10/10 Resistance 9/10 Undisclosed Desires 10/10 United States Of Eurasia/ Collateral Damage 9/10 Guiding Light 8/10 Unnatural Selection 10/10 MK Ultra 10/10 I Belong To You/Mon Cœur S'ouvre à ta Voix 9/10 Exogenesis: Symphony, Pt. 1: Overture 10/10 Exogenesis: Symphony, Pt. 2: Cross-Pollination 10/10 Exogenesis: Symphony, Pt. 3: Redemption 10/10 I would like to add the last three tracks are simply a thing of beauty... This album could not be more different when comparing it to the likes of Origin Of Symmetry. Moreover, with many bands going commercial these days, it gives me real hope that not every band is easily influenced by what OTHERS want them to produce, but it is more what the BAND wants to produce. It is a very difficult thing not be at most slightly influenced by the great amount of mainstream music around, which is exactly the case here - this is about as far away from mainstream as you can get. It is clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into this. An epic piece of work. Muse, Welcome Back =)


Since the days of showbiz buse have always pushed the boundries of alternative rock to the their limits... growing and changing every album, and now with the release of the Resistance they seem to have created something truely special... not just a music album but a journey through the mad, bombastic, energtic and at times pure and very emotional worl of muse... Whilst It contains everything one has come to expect from muse with tracks like Unnatural selection and with MK Ultra, it contains directions from muse which may shock its oldest fans but they have ultimately mastered, in tracks such as "Undisclosed desires" and "I belong to you." The Album closes with bellamy's three-part masterpiece, a piece which is as beautifully written as the best composers of history. it is not only a wonderfully written piece but it's also deeply emotional leaving one feeling as though they have just lost they have suffered a loss of some kin with its last part redemtion... Whilst it may have weak points in Guiding light, after listening to the resistance, it becomes clear muse have writte something extremely special, undoubtly a masterpiece and Undoubtly their best work. VIVA LA RESISTANCE!

Viva The Resistance!

2006 saw Muse break into the mainstream with Black Holes & Revelations. It was grandiose, epic, over the top, and more to the point, amazing. For the band to deliver an album that was going to top it; they'd have to do something special. Three years trapped in a claustrophobic bunker in Italy, the result is The Resistance, an album which has exceeded expectations, and delivered new heights of emotion.

From the start, as the heavy synthy beat of Uprising blasts, it's clear to see Muse have found their nishe. Black Holes... experimented with electronic influences, The Resistance perfected it. Dirty effect-filled riffs, mixed with the "eurasian" instrumentals finds an excellent balance of Western and Eastern music - fitting aptly with the theme of United States of Eurasia. Bellamy's out-there theories are back again, and this time, it's easy to see he's been soaking up the sun at Lake Como with Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The book is referenced, not only in the Queen tribute epic United States of Eurasia, but the enchanting love song of Resistance tells the story of the book's two fabled lovers. More wild theories are told in Unnatural Selection and MK Ultra, while Bellamy's heart pours out with I Belong to You, his hidden fantasies of Map of the Problematique mk.2, Undisclosed Desires, and the contrast of uplifting and sadness with Guiding Light.

And then comes Exogenesis. A thirteen minute, three movement symphony telling the story about man's plight to leave the destruction of Earth, to find home on another planet. While the story itself it's beautiful, the orchestral arrangements - which were done by Bellamy himself - are beautiful and mind blowing. Backed up by Wolstenholme and Howard, the whole piece feels like a journey, and closes the album perfectly.

Previous Muse albums have seemed to be more a collection of fantastic songs. The Resistance, however, is a beautiful story about love overcoming war and destruction. The album has something for everyone, but really should not be missed for Exogenesis. A rollercoaster of emotion from start to finish, the best 54 minutes you'll hear this year. The Resistance is perfect, thank you Muse.


Formed: 1997 in Teignmouth, Devon, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Muse's fusion of progressive rock, glam, electronica, and Radiohead-influenced experimentation is crafted by guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and drummer Dominic Howard. Bored by the sleepy life provided by their hometown of Teignmouth, Devon, the three British friends began playing music together. They started the first incarnation of their band while only 13 years old, changing the name of the group from Gothic Plague to Fixed Penalty to Rocket Baby Dolls as time...
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