Muse - The Resistance
- Henry Northmore
- 16 September 2009
It seems like so long ago that Muse were dismissed as Radiohead copyists with their debut Showbiz back in 1999. Now they are probably the most vital rock act in Britain.
After 2006’s all conquering Black Holes and Revelations they’re back with more hyperdrive space-rock. As you’d expect The Resistance is a grandiose record teetering on the brink of insanity. Highlights include the satisfying sci-fi funk of opener ‘Uprising’; ‘United States of Eurasia/Collateral Damage’, which tries to out-Queen Queen with layered vocal harmonies and widdling guitar solos; though perhaps the clarinet on ‘I Belong to You’ (the nearest Muse have ever come to a ballad) is a step too far. Finally the ‘Exogenesis Symphony’ (consisting of ‘Overture’, ‘Cross Pollination’ and ‘Redemption’) is ambitious and epic, falling squarely between classical and classic Muse, and makes for a mightily impressive closer.
For most bands this would be a towering masterpiece, but Muse have set themselves impossibly high standards.