‘The Resistance’ Review

Muse – The Resistance

2009 seems to be the year where the bands who released their new albums in ’06 reappear with an even more ambitious record. After Muse made a huge turn in their music with Black Holes And Revelations, everyone began wondering about how the next album would sound. Would they improve the sound they presented with Black Holes or would they return to the style that graced the fantastic Absolution? It seems that Muse opted with the first option, filling The Resistance with more pop-oriented choruses, political lyrics and a style similar to Depeche Mode. This translates into a fantastic, poetic album, that is an obvious contender for the best album of 2009, although The Resistanceisn’t without its flaws.

Kicking of the album with the anthemic ‘Uprising’, a lot of fans will notice that the structures of the songs haven’t changed a lot from their last effort, although they sound a lot more ambitious now. But there is a reason why Muse sound like if Green Day decided to do a rock-opera instead of a punk-opera. Although a lot of people won’t notice, The Resistance, at its core, is a rock-opera that seems to happen in a near future, with a dictator and a resistance involved, although this “resistance” is just a metaphor for two lovers. Obviously, the story is not the focus of the band throughout the album, but rather a string to stitch all the songs together, and to let Muse be as epic as they want.

The Resistance is fueled by anthems, but it still contains some catchy songs that can easily be a mainstream hit. ‘Resistance’ is one of those songs, delivering a hook that easily stays in your head for days, and an anthemic chorus that will just make you want to rise and sing with all your strengths, which is almost impossible, considering the vocals that Matthew Bellamy delivers here. ‘Guiding Light’ is a fantastic, emotional song that hooks you all the way through its 4 minutes and ‘I Belong To You (+Mon Coeur S’ouvre À Ta Voix)’ is a great song that leads to the epic, mind-blowing symphony that Muse deliver in three parts, entitled Exogenesis. Its obvious that The Resistance is a fantastic album, but, like I said in the beginning, it isn’t without its flaws. ‘Undisclosed Desires’ sounds like something Timbaland would produce that, while catchy, isn’t really fitting in a majestic rock-opera. ‘Unnatural Selection’ sounds great, and if it lasted only 3 minutes, it would easily be one of the best songs of the album, but at a 6 minute length, Muse sound repetitive throughout the song, only kicking things up a notch with a metal-esque end.

But, aside from those two songs, there isn’t a whole lot to complain about in The Resistance. Yes, in some songs, the pacing is a little bit off, but aside from that, is a great album, and a worthy follow-up to Black Holes. Everyone should listen to this album, specially the symphony, even if it isn’t just for Matthew Bellamy’s mind-blowing, perfectly pitched voice.

Grade: A-


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