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CD Review: Muse - The Resistance

Wednesday, September 30 2009 2:36PM
Now fully freed from its epithet of “clone Radiohead”, Muse released a fifth
album dense and ambitious group shows a master of his own style and in full
control of his creativity.

Muse has come a long way since its inception, more than ten years. After a
first album (Showbizz, 1999) which argued that too many sounds of Thom Yorke
and his band, the British trio had gradually led to a more aggressive sound
with massive walls of guitars, a production well saturated filled with
keyboards and dramatic vocal flights signed Matthew Bellamy.

This development culminated with the previous Black Holes and Revelations,
released in 2006. The group was ready to undertake new adventures for the
fifth album called The Resistance. The time has come to explore a more
progressive side, to borrow from the rock opera, piano and classic science

The beginning of The Resistance, however, leaves no indication of such
detours. Uprising and Resistance, the first two tracks of the compact, would
easily have found themselves on Black Holes and Revelations. Engaging and
strong, they set the table for an explosive album, although we are subject,
in reality much more finesse and daring.

The third Undisclosed Desires, could she be evicted from the rest. With his
electro-pop rhythm recalling a bad song by Depeche Mode, it is the main
Achilles heel of the whole.

Then Muse changed the tone and is going melodrama with United States of
Eurasia (+ Collateral Damage), an approach where
Queen is mixed with oriental sounds before Nocture in E flat major by Chopin
closed the adventure.

The album ends with a symphonic following entitled Exogenesis presented in
three continuous tracks: an opening, a "cross pollination" and "redemption."

A bit pompous and bombastic, this sequel is not without its charm, elegantly
alternating between harrowing melodies of Chopin at the piano and swirling
electric guitars.