Saturday, September 26, 2009

Muse - The Resistance

Ambition is tricky concept: when you don't know how to handle it, that's enough to ruin a good song, but if it works, then it can rock big time. Well, one of the main reasons why The Resistance is so good is actually because it sounds so damm ambitious and grandiose. At least, this time no one can accuse Muse of being bland, right? Because, clearly, someone has pulled all the stops in the recording sessions for this album, and the result is so excessive that it seems like the aural equivalent of a black hole sucking everything around it, and then regurgitating those disparate elements into its unique world, creating a kind of glam-pop-rock modern opera with a singer that sounds like a mixture between Freddie Mercury, Prince and Thom Yorke. It may border ridiculousness more than a few times (and I still haven't mentioned that there's even a symphony in three parts called Exogenesis...), but somehow, it fucking works. Basically, no one sounds like this nowadays and that's really something. (8,5/10)

Muse - Uprising (video)

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