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The Resistance

September 10, 2009

Song Title
Undisclosed Desires
United States Of Eurasia [+Collateral Damage]
Guiding Light
Unnatural Selection
MK Ultra
I Belong To You [+Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix]
Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1 [Overture]
Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2 [Cross-pollination]
Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 [Redemption]

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  • Original Release Date: September 10, 2009
  • Release Date: September 10, 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2009 Warner Music UK Limited
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  • Total Length: 54:16
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  • ASIN: B002O1TMI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,746 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Niven
Format:Audio CD
Especially the one about "old-man emo". That was pretty funny. I'm an "old man" that has just recently discovered Muse (after hearing "Knights of Cydonia" on Guitar Hero when it first came out) and finding a lot to enjoy here. Part of the reason that Muse gets a bad rap is because 1. they sound so much like Queen and U2 (listen to "Map of the Problematique" again if you don't agree with the U2 reference), and 2. most of their stuff never makes it onto radio, at least not enough for DJ's to tell listeners who they are. This is a crying shame. Back in my day, we had "emo" too, except we called it "glam", and the artists were considered ground-breaking. It's too bad that we have degenerated into a society where we don't appreciate songs on the basis of whether or not we actually enjoy them - we have to analyze the details of their construction and bash every artist who emulates one of their glam-heyday heroes.

So is Resistance Muse's way of getting onto the radio? There's nothing wrong with this Muse CD - it might even be my favorite one by them if I had never heard Black Hole and Revelations - but it certainly represents a shift in how they view themselves and how they want the public to view them. This is a step in the direction of being less serious, and being more fun, in my opinion. My advice for the first-time listener is to embrace Black Holes, give this CD a shot if you decide you like what you hear there, and not dig too deep on The Resistance, since Muse will be what they want to be, and we (as listeners) should appreciate them for what they create. Long time listeners will want to read Chris Billings' review (above) for track info and comments, although I would have to say I place this CD just slightly ahead of Absolution for listen-ability.
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189 of 219 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've been obsessed with Muse since Origin of Symmetry and I'll have to say this cd worried me when I first heard Uprising before it's release. First off, a little background for me. I play in an instrumental prog/experimental band and run a small recording studio. Other bands I adore are Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, Opeth, Pink Floyd, Dredg, and Sigur Ros to name a few...

With that said, Absolution is my favorite Muse hands down. I was slightly bummed by the direction the last album took and was unsure of the future of Muse. HAARP rid me of my fears there.

The Resistance (after many listens) is a huge step in a new direction that they were only pointing at with Black Holes and Revelations. The problem with this album is its song placement and short length for this wide array of styles. If they wanted to really explore each of these areas and sounds, then I believe another 15 minutes or so divided between each style would help solidify this album and make it their cornerstone.

Uprising - This is a good track but no way to start off the cd. This song does not represent the rest of the album at all even if it is powerful and catchy with a great sing-along chorus

The Resistance - The first track that caught my ears on the cd, the title track is definitely a standout with an even balance of creativity and catchiness. I relate this track to Map of the Problematique off their last cd, until the prechorus where it reverts into a style not heard since Absolution. Great bass work on this song.

Undisclosed Desires - the most underrated track on the cd. As poppy as this track seems on the first listen, it is an incredibly gutsy track to add to the disk.. This really reminds me of something from Thom Yorke's Eraser cd, on steroids...
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars five for five October 3, 2009
By ds
Format:Audio CD
I'd like to weigh in on this before overexposure utterly ruins this fine CD for me. It should come as no surprise that as muse grows in popularity their music becomes more mainstream. That is a hard and fast truth that has repeatedly been proven correct throughout the history of popular music. The pop radio sheen has been polished brightly for this record. THE RESISTANCE is not like SHOWBIZ or SYMETRY, two earlier recordings that typified their youth and exuberance whereby the song's inherent energy trumped production. But even then they appeared to possess a grander vision of where they're headed. Their penchant for a larger-than-life sound, and anthemic showstopper mentality was apparent as young up-and-comers. Given the breakthrough of ABSOLUTION and the overwhelming success of BLACK HOLES it's only natural that this album would continue in that path toward US stardom. Consequently, it's at this point in the progression that I usually lose interest in a given artist. But I couldn't resist. What works for this band since the beginning is a combination platter of loud, razor-sharp guitars, obtuse lyrics, rich, layered vocal harmonies and classically-infused (nocturne-like) piano passages. The latter are also the components that many detractors obsess upon. Isn't it curious that those who routinely resort to tired old cliches like self-indulgent, bombastic and pretentious when criticizing progressive and art rock are themselves guilty of self-indulgence, pretension and verbosity in their own writing and (more insidiously) in their thought process? They know better than the unwashed, uncultured masses.

This is simply another superbly artful endeavor by muse. Matthew Bellamy's ambiguous writing and showy playing is at the core of this band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Muse is enjoyable listening
Bought it for one particular piece but really enjoyed all of them. I may be interested in more CDs music by Muse.
Published 15 days ago by Sandi
5.0 out of 5 stars instant classical classic
Simply awesome a Must have in your collection. Muse is one of the best bands of our era. A classic
Published 16 days ago by W. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars The resisteance
Can't get enough of this group! This album is fantastic! Just recently started listening to all of their material! They Rock!
Published 20 days ago by Kenneth R. Earnest
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Love all the songs on this album. Helps me on my short commute to work so that I don't have to listen to the radio.
Published 29 days ago by linji
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Great price. Awesome songs. RIPed to my computer with ease and all the tracks are smash hits in my mind.
Published 1 month ago by Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars the resistance
It's nice and has a few ho hum moments. I would still buy it after having listened to it. Happy
Published 1 month ago by taunya
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss
Rocks. Hands down. Something about these songs digs into the soul and plays out sheer intense feeling. Not easy to describe.
Published 2 months ago by bargenbrittany
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, good stuff
Start to finish, this is an excellent album, full of emotional highs and lows. The Chopin piano bits gave me chills and reminded me of those United Airlines commercials that used... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Dietrich
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
love the album, got to see these guys live a couple times and i highly recommend it to anyone who likes live shows.
Published 2 months ago by Braeden Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Resistance (Vinyl)
Before I get into my view, I need to specify... this is for the VINYL version, not a CD or digital download. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cody Conder
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