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THE RESISTANCE

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3.23 | 278 ratings

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mothershabooboo
2 stars Well Muse sertinly pulled a fast one on us....or a slow one.

They tryed something new within the scope of their own creative sphere, and came up with 'The Resistance', trying to be more 'synphonic' developing their deep emotional conection to the music, while not losing that Muse feel. Although, they fell short on really creating something new. It sounds as though they were doing a throw back to their 'Absolution' album with alot of these songs. Exspeshily with Mattew's (almost over) use of the classical piano.

The actual songs on here arn't bad per-say. But that isin't to say that we haven't already heard much better ramditions of them on their other works. It seems alot of these inovating Brittish Pop/Rock/Prog bands are looking back for insperation for their new albums instead of forward. I give the band 'Keane' as an exsample with their last year failure of 'Perfect Symmetry' which sounds so much like the 80s music that Neo-Prog was revolting against, and 'The Resistance' is on a similar page.

Unlike 'Perfect Symmetry', there are more than just a few audible songs, in fact, 'The Resistance' is one of those albums you can put on and listen from start to finish without skipping a song, which is a bonis. I get enjoyment out of the music because I don't mind these flaws the album presents. That being said, for a Muse album, and for a Progressive album, it is somewhere between 'Bad' and 'Ok'. Just because I get enjoyment out of something doesn't mean it's good.

The main let down for me is their Exogenesis Synphony. I was expecting so much more from this after their 'Black Holes...' album. There was no progression from these three songs, and they seemed to build it up to something it wasn't. For a 'Synphony' it's lacking in being Synphonic. Just because you add classical music to a pop album doesn't make it a Synphony. Yes at times it sounds like 'Debussy' and 'Beethoven', but thats just it. It SOUNDS like them, but it isin't them. It adds to the major drawback to the album which is it sounds like alot of things, but really isin't anything new. Hell, even 'Uprisng' starts out like a mishmash of the Doctor Who Theme and Blondie's "Call Me".

In the end, if you enjoy Muse, I'd recomend this album. But thats about it. If you're looking to get into Muse, do not start with this. Try 'Black Holes' or 'Absolution' as a starting point. I'd even go so far to say go and get 'HAARP', their true masterpiece in live form. Don't start here, you will get the wrong taste in your mouth.

2 stars for those of us who can stand it.

mothershabooboo | 2/5 |

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