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Album Review – The Resistance by Muse

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve pretty much called a ‘cease-and-desist’ on album buying, meaning I’m basically a singles downloader now. That happened when I noticed one time that when I placed my iPod on shuffle, I skipped basically every other song. And when I looked at play numbers on iTunes, there were a LOT of songs I’d played only once or fairly infrequently. So, that led me to thinking why I had these songs I obviously didn’t like anyway – and yup – these extraneous songs just came attached to the songs I did like when I bought the albums… Muliply each song by .99 cents and my wallet kinda gave a shudder… and it’s been singles for me since then.

But in life there are always exceptions and of course I had to have the Muse album. I’d read repeatedly that if you were a fan of “Black Holes and Revelations”, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll like the new album. So, I’m sold, I’m in, I’m a fan. And after listening to the new spankin’ album on repeat, I’m very happy, money well spent indeed.

Stand-outs for me on this album are : Uprising, The Resistance, United States of Eurasia and Guiding Light. These songs are exactly what I expected from Muse – catchy, bombastic, melodious-rock. Very strong choruses that you can sing-along with on concerts.

Not to say I didn’t like the other songs – Undisclosed Desires was unexpectedly poppish but A LOT of fun. I Belong To You deserves a special mention – it doesn’t quite take itself as seriously as the rest of the album and I pretty much loved it after I listened again. and again. (And I kept on flashing back to the Dancing Through Life sequence in Wicked. Meaning the dance steps there would work with this song – I’m weird like that.)

If I had to pick, I’d have to say that Mk Ultra and Unnatural Selection would be the weakest of the lot. That being said, there isn’t a real bad song in this album and that’s saying a lot in this day and age where albums are made of 60% filler.

I’m not quite sure what to think of the Exogenesis mini-symphony – but I respect the band for trying this little experiment. Freddie Mercury once asked why a rock star couldn’t dabble in classical music (I’m paraphrasing here – and Freddie did dabble in it and successfully), and Matthew Bellamy seems to be saying – why not indeed? My only problem is that I’d hoped that they’d gone all the way and split this off to a CD2 or something and make it a real symphony – not just limit this part to 3 minute songs each.

To finish this little review, I expect to get a lot of mileage out of this album and am looking forward to listening to these songs live. If you still haven’t grabbed your copy – what are you waiting for? The Resistance is available on Amazon @ $8.99 ($1.90 savings) and iTunes @ 11.99 (special LP version with loads of cool new features).

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  1. Lisa
    September 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I’m a single downloader as well. This time I only downloaded Uprising and the three symphony parts. I’ve always been a big fan of alternative and symphony music so I could NOT believe they included three short songs like that. It’s so good my head is surely going to explode. I’ve listened to it every day since I downloaded it last week!!!

    • September 21, 2009 at 10:53 am

      Oh, get the “United States of Eurasia” too, trust me. I think you’ll like it.

      And yeah, wish they’d spun off Exogenesis to a CD 2 right?

  1. November 4, 2009 at 11:13 pm

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