WARNING! THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG POST!
Yes, it's the NEW MUSE ALBUM! It's The Resistance! (insert fan girl scream here!) I have been waiting for this album since June 10th, the day my friends, Tristin and John, told me that this magnificent CD would be coming out today. The VMAS got me more hyped up than I already was for this CD with Muse performing "Uprising". I think there are only three people on this planet who were more excited about this CD than me. Yes, it's Tristin, John, and Nao. Immediately after school today I ran to
Target and got the CD! (I didn't preorder it because my mom doesn't like buying things off the internet.) Now all I need is a Muse shirt! I've listened to The Resistance around eight or ten times now and I know which songs I think are the best.
Ok so here's a break down of the album:
Uprising: This will probably be the most popular song off the whole album because it's the one that's being advertised the most. It's a really good song, but not the best song on the whole album.
Resistance: The beginning of this song reminded me of Japanese dance music because of the keyboard in the beginning. In fact before the singing started I was thinking, "Oh my goodness....Muse is changing to dance music!" Once the singing started I was thinking to myself that this song could possibly be the catchiest song on the whole album! Once I finished the song, I knew that this song is going to be in my head tomorrow and I will sing it in class. The chorus is super catchy! Muse sings, "It could be wrong, could be wrong. It could never last. It could be wrong, could be wrong. Must erase it fast. It could be wrong, could be wrong. But it could've been right. It could be wrong, could be wrong. LOVE IS OUR RESISTANCE!" As you can see, I absolutely positively loved this song!
Undisclosed Desires: Muse is an English band and it really shows during this song. The beginning notes just sound so English! I'm trying to figure out which instrument is playing those first catchy notes. It sounds like a violin being plucked, but could easily be a keyboard. Yes, two very different instruments can sound alike with enough editing.
United States of Eurasia: This song sounds like it should have been a Queen song. It reminds me of "We Are the Champions" by Queen in the beginning. Then after this burst of excitement, it mixes in some Thai sounding music and then returns back to sounding like Muse. I recommend this to all Queen fans. The voice of Matthew Bellamy can definitely challenge the voice of Freddie Mercury. Tristin actually pointed out to me that at the end you can hear a plane fly and then crash.
Guiding Light: Muse immediately starts things off with powerful drum music that impressed me. Of course I am easily impressed by Muse. The vocals on this sound incredibly strong.
Unnatural Selection: Muse sounded like
Coldplay in the beginning but immediately got rid of that with some stunning guitar action. This song is a bit headbang-ish for Muse....
MK Ultra: The beginning guitar part with the electric sound reminded me of a Japanese pop band. To be specific the guitar sound like the beginning in "Sakura Sake" by Arashi! The end guitar part is pretty hardcore even with the tweeting sound in the background. The beginning and end thoroughly wowed me.
I Belong To You: The lyrics made me laugh. Muse sings on this track," When the pillars get pulled down, it will be you who wears the crown." Now tell me that didn't make you laugh. The whole song emphasizes how this girl is cruel, bossy , and hurts him but yet he loves her. Matthew does a bit of opera sounding singing on this. This song has a slight jazz feel to it at the same time.
Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1: John told me this song is about when the world ends and they're the only ones left.
Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2: John told me this song was about them going to space to find a new place for them to live.
Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3: John said this song was about them finding a new place and setting up society.
All of the Exogenesis Symphonies are really quite beautiful. Muse really focuses on the piano and creates absolutely stunning music that is also very calming. The Exogenesis Symphonies prove that Muse isn't just another band trying to be rock stars. They're actually musicians. I felt that this album focused a lot more on piano/keyboard and less on guitar than Muse usually does...I actually really liked all the piano music because it reminded me of Jack's Mannequin.
Ok, so this post is going to say that this was written on 9/16/09. The truth is I started this on 9/15/09, but didn't finish the Exogenesis review until today. I needed to talk to John, Tristin, and Nao about the album before this could truly be a good review of the album.
As John says," The only problem with Muse is that they're too good."