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I love a band that experiments. Muse does exactly this, one of the reasons why they are my favorite band. Origin of Symmetry introduced sci-fi chaos with a classical flair, featuring piano-driven epics, vocal odysseys, and some of the best beats and riffs you could ever hope to find. Absolution introduced a more lyrical Muse, featuring beautiful string arrangements and songs ranging from moving ballads to mindblowing headbangers, not to mention one of the most memorable bass riffs. Black Holes and Revelations waged war on several genres, successfully beating prog, pop, classical, hip-hop, latin, and electronica into submission while staying surprisingly original, with only a couple of songs that were anything short of amazing.

The Resistance attempts to continue this war, only instead of whole genres, it has targeted signature styles of popular artists. For a band that was unfairly and ludicrously compared to Radiohead for several years, one would think they'd avoid making songs that could draw comparisons. For instance, as much as I love Queen, I DON'T love a band borrowing so heavily from one of their most famous songs in "United States of Eurasia", an entertaining song that sounds more like an homage than something that delivers a message. The fact that the piano segment is a Chopin piece instead of something "Butterflies and Hurricanes"esque further takes away any originality. "Uprising", the first single of the album, combines a beat heard one too many times with interesting vocals and very limited rock band instruments, the latter of which plagues the entire album. The background to "Undisclosed Desires" sounds like part of a Nelly Furtado/Justin Timberlake/Ginuwine/Aaliyah/Missy Elliott/etc. song. "Guiding Light" is the first song since "Exo-Politics" that I could almost describe as boring, with a guitar solo full of false promises. "I Belong to You" is the first Muse song ever that I actually DON'T LIKE. This song reeks of Maroon 5's stench minus the horrific singing.

"Resistance" is actually a really good song, but I tire of George Orwell references in music. Both "Mk Ultra" and "Unnatural Selection" are the only rocking songs you'll be getting, but fortunately they're both pretty slick entries. The "Exogenesis Symphony", a long time in the making, is lyrically simple but lush in sound, though the Overture was surprisingly the best of the three movements, featuring the also surprisingly first falsetto vocals that aren't in the background. Unfortunately, I've heard more epic offerings from Muse in much smaller packages, which is a little disappointing.

I always liked to think of Muse as the most novel band of my generation, blending everything I love about music on CD after CD. They continue this tradition, but the novelty is gone. I strongly advise against making this your first Muse venture as it may leave a bad taste and sway your judgment. Hopefully this flaw of an album is out of their system, and that they concern themselves more with making the best music ever and less with making a legacy from their names.

The Magnum Opus of the 21st century.

This is - by far - the best album I've ever purchased, & let me tell you why..

Simply, it is exotic..

My story with Muse started when I first heard their song "Unintended". I liked it so much but I wasn't paying enough attention, after so many years, I realize that Muse has become my favourite band, one that I'd recommend to anyone who wants to listen to something 'different'..

I believe that Muse really sound like they're from outer space, like they're not human thanks to their extensive use of abstract lyrics that are in fact meaningful.

Their latest work is exquisitely full of emotions, it's like they're walking on an unknown territory with a whole new world to explore, what can I say against such brilliance, as a critic & an aware consumer, I am humbled by their excellent effort, which has me wondering how they're going to evolve further into the future, I can't wait!

I think that I am the latest fan to join their club, & I feel like I finally found my lost home.

THIS IS TRULY THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR!

Muse do nothing short of going for broke on this album. Amazing stuff from a band that never disapoints. When I heard they were doing a symphany at the end of the album, I was not sure what to expect. After listening a few times, this album grows on you so much and sticks with you. The Symphany is the best song Muse have ever made, in 3 parts about 15 min to end the album. I love the whole album but the lowest point seemed to be guiding light, just kind of felt like it was a filler, but it is beautiful . I can't wait to hear these songs live, I have seen them quite a few times and I think this is their best album yet! I wasn't sure if they would ever top Absolution and I think they have done it. They better at least get a grammy nomination after this one or I will boycott...although I said that last year when Radiohead lost album of the year....wrongly! I digress, MUSE have made a masterpiece, no question, 50 times better than their last album, which I liked but was not that impressed with. If you like Muse you will love this. If not, buy it anyway and you will love them now. Seeing them live is priceless by the way if you get a chance. I just don't know how they can ever top this one, that's the only problem I have with it. I just pray they keep making albums because they're are one of the best in the world at it.

Biography

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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