The Resistance, an album review

An album review written by Lee Sonogan

Muse (2009) 54:18/Progressive rock, art rock, symphonic rock, space rock, alternative rock 


I know you’ve suffered
But I don’t want you to hide
It’s cold and loveless
I won’t let you be denied

The Resistance is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Muse. The album’s lyrical themes are entirely down to frontman and chief songwriter Matt Bellamy. The line, “Love is our resistance…” from this track pretty well sums up much of the album’s lyrical content. This album got the band their first Grammy award in 2011 for Best Rock Album.

The Resistance album went to #1 in 16 countries. When the song ‘Resistance’ climbed to #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, two places above ‘Uprising’ at #3, Muse became the first act in the survey’s 21-year history to claim two of the top three spots at the same time. Critics spokes of this album in high praise for its ambition and classical music influences.

  • Uprising
  • Resistance
  • Undisclosed Desires
  • United States of Eurasia (+ Collateral Damage)
  • Guiding Light
  • Unnatural Selection
  • MK Ultra
  • I Belong to You (+Mon Coeur S’urve a ta Voix)
  • Exogenesis Symphony Part 1 (Overture)
  • Exogenesis Symphony Part 2 (Cross-Pollination)
  • Exogenesis Symphony Part 3 (Redemption)

The artwork for The Resistance was created by London-based designer La Boca. In a poll held by 12-inch record display case retailer Art Vinyl, The Resistance was voted the best album cover of 2009. “The song ‘Resistance’ is basically a retelling of the relationship between Winston and Julia,” in reference to the two main characters of George Orwell’s most famous novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Muse came to Melbourne, Australia this December. They had already played and gone before I recently have been getting into them. Old stuff to new stuff, this band and albums give me them music feels. Also watching their live performances on YouTube, I really wish I was listening to Muse a month and a half ago. Would have brought tickets for the mosh pit for sure. Each song in this album is powerful, interesting and ends with the last three songs being three parts to one song/symphony. I recommend this band and album to everyone who likes alternative rock or metal.

PS – I like all the songs in this album to a certain extent. Most of them are very creative.


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