10 years on: revisiting Muse's 'The Resistance'
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Muse reached peak popularity in 2006 with Black Holes and Revelations. This was followed by H.A.A.R.P. – a live album pieced together from their two-night run at Wembley stadium. However, The Resistance remains the band’s crowning achievement ten years on from its initial release. What marks The Resistance out in Muse’s discography is its ambition and its thematic cohesion. That isn’t to say that it’s sonically homogenous. From the stompy call-to-arms of ‘Uprising’ to the fraught crooning of the title track, the R&B-inspired beats of ‘Undisclosed Desires’ and the piano-rock of ‘United States of Eurasia’, the record is never boring, if at times perplexing.
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The Resistance was the first Muse album to be entirely self-produced - the band, having been actively involved in the production of their previous record, took full studio control here. The ambitious approach is evident even in the first track, ‘Uprising’, which at its core is quite a simple song but which builds and builds until the final chorus, where we have full harmonies, overdubbed falsetto and swirling synth arpeggios. The layering of drums is a technique brought forward onto ‘Resistance’, whose driving beat is cut with interjections from thundering toms.
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