The Resistance

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. In the end, far from making “prog” a four-letter word, Muse have done worse and opted out of the playing field altogether.
  2. For the wary or outright dismissive, however, The Resistance is also a very smartly sequenced album.
  3. Ultimately, The Resistance is a patchwork of expert cliches that leaves a listener wondering just what the point of Muse is.
  4. 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.
  5. You'd be well advised to beg, borrow or download a handful of tracks from The Resistance; but if you're planning to sit through the whole ponderous enterprise, you'll likely need a blister pack of paracetamol and a hell of a lot of patience.
  6. Even where the record shines--and it does at points--it really only does so against a background of blinding light from Muse’s back catalog, which is an unfortunate, but inescapable point.
  7. These straight pop tunes are great by themselves, but after slogging through the symphonic sludge, you’re likely to find The Resistance a jumbled, forgettable tracklist.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 418 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 146
  1. hannahb
    Oct 2, 2009
    10
    Fantastic. Can't stop listening.
  2. BobBob
    Sep 15, 2009
    10
    Excellent album. On par with Origin of Symmetry.
  3. PDTS
    Jan 24, 2010
    5
    Only the three first songs is worth listening to.