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  • Summary: The fifth album for the English rock trio was produced entirely by the band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. The Resistance, shows growth from the band's previous releases and proves that it's primed for a global musical takeover.
  2. "Black Holes and Revelations" may be a more commercial record, but The Resistance is Muse's most realized effort to date.
  3. 80
    Even introspection is realised on a gargantuan scale, with the climatic rock symphony Exogenesis. Over the top? For Matt Bellamy and Muse it's the only way to go. [Oct 2009]
  4. Frontman Matt Bellamy mostly gets away with these high jinks thanks to his skilled way with a Radiohead-ish hook.
  5. As it stands it’s an indulgent and, at times, gorgeous listen that merely helps restate your concrete opinions about Muse.
  6. While not their best, it’s decent enough to ensure there’ll be more-- even though the truly off-the-wall moments are either rare or misguided, meaning the record feels slightly anonymous.
  7. They are capable of making albums that are big, over the top and fun. The Resistance is over the top, but comes off as boisterous and overblown.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 139
  1. Oct 4, 2012
    IT'S SO HARD TO RESIST THE RESISTANCE! What an epic mixture of symphonic rock, new prog and classic rock. Matthew Bellamy knows what he's doing and he does it right every time. Best things about this album? The entire concept of singing about Illumanti, Resistance, Undisclosed Desires, United States of Eurasia, I Belong to You and Exogenesis: Symphony (listen to this three-part song and you will fall in love with Muse). Expand
  2. Dec 29, 2010
    The best album of 2009. The best concert I attended in 2010. I've been listening to Muse since 2003 when Absolution came out and they were a featured artist on Yahoo Music. I was blown away by them with songs like "Stockholm Syndrome" and "Time is Running Out." I am a sucker for magnificent, multi-layered, orchestral and ambient production. Muse has perfected it. And while they wrote great songs a decade ago, they are one of the rarest breeds who continue to grow and improve their near perfection every time they record something new. The Resistance opens with a relatively weak song for Muse with a repetitive, mundane beat in "Uprising," which made me concerned about this CD. Until I heard it...Within the construct of the entire album, every song melts into the next with perfect segueing. By the time I'm listening to "Undisclosed Desires," I am completely hooked. Their heavy Queen influence on "United States of Eurasia" is undeniable. From there, their symphonic brilliance carries throughout the rest of the album. Musical perfection. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    It's funny how when a band starts to experiment, many just write it off of becoming commercial, which is actually quite the opposite of what Muse did here.

    At the beginning, we are lead through Muse's entire discography, with Uprising going more with the power-ballads of Absolution and Resistance mixing those with other albums. Little by, little we begin to get bits and pieces of classical pieces, some taking on a full ending of a track, which all leads to Matt's dream of a symphony piece, bringing it all together in a grand finale.
  4. Dec 4, 2010
    The Resistance is different sounding from Muse's predecessor's Black Holes And Revelations and Absolution. They somewhat slowed down on the rock and went for more the singing. Matt Bellamy's voice has definitely matured form their previous album. A few great tracks are Mk Ultra, Uprising, Unnatural Selection, and the beautiful 3-part symphony Exogenesis. All In All, The Resistance shows another side of Muse that sounds really good. B Expand
  5. Jul 27, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Great work. Muse delivers an album full of great songs. The main theme throughout the album is love (maybe Uprising as the exception) but it's not soapy. The music is beautiful and proves the excellent technical level that Muse members reached. Now on, they can do almost anything! Expand
  6. Feb 20, 2011
    I don't really know were to begin. Although Muse never fail to deliver i do feel this album lacks. Through track 1-7 you do hear the 'sound of Muse' , for the most part. With riffs from 'Unatural Selection' and the end of 'MK Ultra' reminding you why you love this band so much, and lyrical content from such tracks as 'Uprising' and 'Resistance' that make you want to march to the areas of the world that do not accept you for who you are and simply hand them the Muse back catalogue as a sign of peace. This album mostly offers stunning sound, creation and emotion that only bands like Muse can give.But the first negative i'd like to point out is the Exogenisis Symphony, but not for is creation, effort or simply fasinating composition but simply for the fact it's on the album at all. I feel it takes up what could have been another 3 rock songs. After track 8 i'm left wanting more individuals, more of that - what's coming next feeling, but instead i get one BIG masterpiece. That you would think would be a good thing, but this is not the case. The second negative i'd like to make clear is one track, and one track alone. 'I Belong To You', considering this is the last song on the 'album' (excluding the Symphony) it does not seal the package, it leaves me with a sence of - what the hell was that ? Muse are ROCK, they create rock music, rock music with a twist, with sounds not used by any another band, but 'I Belong To You' is just POP music, pop music that sells, pop music used in terrible films, it's lyrically bland, it gives you no feelings, no memories and no inspiration. Overall this album is worth the money and time. It's creative but not confusing, loud but not deafening, vocally impressive and an all round memorable album. Expand
  7. Sep 24, 2011
    This is incredibly bad, even for Muse. In this album, there is nothing that sounds like the band, everything sounds as if the songs had been taken from another band's record, and in particular from Queen's. Expand

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