Review: Muse

Rachel Winter

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Muse fans devoted to the passion and frenzy of past albums will not be disappointed with the band’s latest effort, “The Resistance.”

Matthew Bellamy and company have changed little about their sound, subscribing to the old adage that, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, the few changes they do make are successful in keeping the band’s signature sound fresh.

The opening track, “Uprising” is classic Muse, with sweeping, theatrical instrumentals that complement ominous verses about the government’s control of its people (“Another promise/Another seed /Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed”).  

The theme of rebellion continues with the title track, whose chorus claims, “Love is our Resistance.” This line establishes the central theme of the album, and, according to the band, is based on author George Orwell’s idea that making love is the ultimate form of resistance (as demonstrated in his dystopian novel 1984).

While several of the songs on the album follow the same formula as those of previous albums, the band really shines in the moments on “The Resistance” when Muse dares to deviate from expected style. One of those most notable tracks, “United States of Eurasia,” channels Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and takes full advantage of Bellamy’s impressive vocal range (which is oddly reminiscent of Freddie Mercury). “I Belong To You” is also a standout, with jazzy instrumental elements that set it apart from the usual arrangements. The final three tracks,  “Exogenesis: Symphony, Parts 1-3” flow together beautifully, breaking up the structure of the album in a way that successfully catches and holds the interest of the listener.

While Muse has not made any major changes to their sound, the band has taken just enough risks with “The Resistance” to keep its music engaging and inventive.