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THE RESISTANCE

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3.22 | 274 ratings

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voliveira
4 stars 7/10

This is an album that will surely alienate many fans.

At least to me it did not make a good first impression. I was wondering: "what the hell are they doing here?". There seemed to be the same band. Or rather, it was, but with the addition of new elements that do not please me much (in fact I have not yet digested the use of synthesizers, I think it does not suit the Muse, as ironic as that sounds).

Fortunately, from the second addition spent finding more positives. In fact, this here is reinventing itself daring Muse, The Resistance, and although it is by far their weakest album to date is still a great work. Where Black Holes was an effort more affordable (and I have a weakness for music accessible, since it is clever) The Resistance is more pompous and symphonic. Never learned the influences that permeated the previous albums were as evident as here. I even joke to say that this album ushers in a category called "Symphonic Alternative".

Doubt what I'm saying? Then listen to the "Collateral Damage" in United States of Eurasia. " (...) based on Nocturne In E-Flat Major, Op.9 No.2 by Frédéric Chopin.", is what I read on Wikipedia. God, this is so good! It's so rare to see a band with such commercial appeal evoke the influence of classical music. Besides, this song has a bit of Queen-esque, in a more open way than I ever heard in the discography of Muse. This influence is present in other songs, like the title track and Unnatural Selection (a song with which the "old fans" Muse will identify). The orchestra still has a lot of participation on the album - we have a bass clarinet solo in I Belong to You and an interesting mix of orchestral elements and electronic beats in Undisclosed Desires.

But the highlight of this work certainly goes to Exogenesis Symphony. Surely the pinnacle of all that they did, and their longest song (even if divided into three songs of average length), is a combination that to be the biggest dream of Bellamy: can record a full symphonic work coupled with sound he and his companions created for Muse. Certainly their best song, and I really do not understand critics saying she might alienate fans. These comments here on the site! Only I am seeing that this is the most progressive thing they've done?

Well, doing my final impressions, this is an album with severe drawbacks, particularly uninteresting songs and other means, but fortunately it is provided with excellent work and a good use of symphonic elements. 3.5 stars.

voliveira | 4/5 |

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