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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. It’s the closing triptych of quasi-classical numbers--the aforementioned ‘Exogenesis’ sequence--that transports Muse to a place beyond parody.
  3. 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.
  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 143
  1. GeriW
    Sep 15, 2009
    10
    It's epic. Especially the Exogenesis Symphony.
  2. Mark
    Oct 10, 2009
    10
    Have listened to The Resistance for over a month now and am loving it more all the time. For me, not only Muse's best album but I'm Have listened to The Resistance for over a month now and am loving it more all the time. For me, not only Muse's best album but I'm seriously starting to question whether this is my favourite album by anyone, ever. It has everything I want and there's not one song that I don't adore. Challenging, ambitious, focused and exciting. Also, Exogenesis made me cry which happens NEVER. Expand
  3. hannahb
    Oct 2, 2009
    10
    Fantastic. Can't stop listening.
  4. MatthewS.
    Sep 15, 2009
    9
    While a slight fall from grace (from their absolutely amazing 'Absolution' and 'Black Holes and Revelations'), this album While a slight fall from grace (from their absolutely amazing 'Absolution' and 'Black Holes and Revelations'), this album is still better than 95% of what modern rock has to offer. Expand
  5. Dave
    Sep 17, 2009
    8
    A while since I played a CD twice in a row, but I needed more! It sounds good straight out of the box, but hopefully I won't tire of it A while since I played a CD twice in a row, but I needed more! It sounds good straight out of the box, but hopefully I won't tire of it too soon! Expand
  6. Feb 20, 2011
    7
    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 ofI 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. GabrielC
    Sep 18, 2009
    0
    Pure garbage, Uprising sounds like Blondie's Call me, Marylin Manson and Dr. Who, the rest is pure imitation of some Queen songs, GARBAGE.

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