The Resistance


Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. Not all of it is palatable, but there's something unrepentant in The Resistance's insane ambitiousness that demands respect rather than mockery. The day Muse topple irrevocably into self-parody will surely come. But, apparently, not yet.
  3. The Resistance, the crispest Muse album yet, is unapologetically and ambitiously beautiful.
  4. Bellamy wriggles ever freer from the straitjacket of rock music, nearing the point where he can slide between genres as easily as his idols, Bowie, Queen and Prince.
  5. As it stands it’s an indulgent and, at times, gorgeous listen that merely helps restate your concrete opinions about Muse.
  6. 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.
  7. For the wary or outright dismissive, however, The Resistance is also a very smartly sequenced album.
  8. The Resistance, shows growth from the band's previous releases and proves that it's primed for a global musical takeover.
  9. 80
    It’s bonkers--hilarious, maddening, ridiculous and slightly shit--yet never dull.
  10. "Black Holes and Revelations" may be a more commercial record, but The Resistance is Muse's most realized effort to date.
  11. The wholeheartedness with which this album hurls itself into the abyss of cod-symphonic astral pretension is to be commended.
  12. 70
    They turn to the next logical ladder rung of pretension: symphony. And they may have finally found the perfect category to fuse with their ever-swooping brand of rock.
  13. Ultimately, The Resistance is a patchwork of expert cliches that leaves a listener wondering just what the point of Muse is.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Frontman Matt Bellamy mostly gets away with these high jinks thanks to his skilled way with a Radiohead-ish hook.
  17. You don’t need to be fanatical or any other synonym to realize that this is utterly spectacular music.
  18. In the end, far from making “prog” a four-letter word, Muse have done worse and opted out of the playing field altogether.
  19. 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.
  20. On The Resistance, the group shows it can turn a night at the opera into a daytrip to Candyland.
  21. Mojo
    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]
  22. Q Magazine
    All this is but a prelude to the albums extaordinary, elegant climax, Bellamy’s three part, 12 minute orchestrial work 'Exogenesis: Symphony.' [Oct 2009, p.102]
  23. Hot Press
    It’s the closing triptych of quasi-classical numbers--the aforementioned ‘Exogenesis’ sequence--that transports Muse to a place beyond parody.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 425 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 147
  1. hannahb
    Oct 2, 2009
    Fantastic. Can't stop listening.
  2. BobBob
    Sep 15, 2009
    Excellent album. On par with Origin of Symmetry.
  3. PDTS
    Jan 24, 2010
    Only the three first songs is worth listening to.