The Resistance

WMG Records
Release date
14 Sep 2009
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Uprising 4:08 852,755
2 Resistance 5:45 570,203
3 Undisclosed Desires 3:55 670,667
4 United States of Eurasia / Collateral Damage 5:47 43,567
4 United States of Eurasia 5:46 42,050
5 Guiding Light 4:12 390,277
6 Unnatural Selection 6:54 391,470
7 MK Ultra 4:06 394,364
8 I Belong To You / Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix 5:39 46,468
9 Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1: Overture 4:18 7,814
10 Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 2: Cross-Pollination 3:55 6,993
11 Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 3: Redemption 4:29 7,710

About this album

The Resistance is the fifth studio album by English alternative rock band Muse, released in Europe on 14 September 2009, and in North America on 15 September 2009. Many consider this album to be the final installment in a ‘trilogy’ of apocalypse themed albums by Muse (Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations and now The Resistance). The main themes of the album are political corruption, alien invasion, New World Order conspiracies and more conventional love songs. The album is heavily influenced by George Orwell’s ‘1984’, as is made clear by the title of the song ‘United States Of Eurasia’ and the love story theme and the mention of ‘Thought Police’ in the lyrics of the track ‘Resistance’ . On 13 February 2011 the album was awarded a Grammy for ‘Best Rock Album’.

The album covers a large range of genres, as with most Muse albums, including electro-pop, pop-rock, prog-rock and operatic-rock. The main genre of the album is rock, however there are some electronic influences and strong classical influences. The song ‘I Belong To You’ also contains an adapted excerpt of a french opera.

On its release, it topped the album charts in 19 countries. It also debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 128,000 copies.[13] It also beat its predecessor, Black Holes and Revelations, in relative album sales in its debut week in the UK selling approximately 148,000 copies and Worldwide with 479,000 copies sold.

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  • AkagamiNamikaze

    A few decent songs but overall they really lost their way on here. [5]

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Stefunal

    The first Muse album I listened to. I'm really surprised of how good this band is, I always thought it would be some alternative rock crap.

    21 Jun 5:58pm Reply
  • estevan188

    Come 1 million listeners!!!

    17 Jun 1:13pm Reply
  • glamourtwins

    This has actually aged fairly well, in my opinion [2] seems to have took me 6 years to figure this album out. I grinned when I Belong To You started playing in my earphones...I distinctly hating this to bits when TR came out. Why the sellout question, some might ask? Because this album won Muse their first Grammy in 2010, and their mainstream power started growing after this. Absolution obvs won them the beginnings of a mainstream audience, but TR made even more people curious about Muse. Props to them for having a album with French opera excerpts, not one but THREE symphonies and an Arabic sounding orchestra cum Queen mashup on their Grammy album.. Probably only Muse could carry this off. If it were any normal band they would have been written off as a loony one.

    30 Apr 11:46am Reply
  • fernpng

    this is a good album, waay better than the 2nd law for sure

    29 Mar 3:13pm Reply
  • borgy

    Bad Muse album? Are we even listening to the same band?

    28 Mar 6:40am Reply
  • Juliossauro

    How the hell is this album used as a bad reference?? "We don't need another album like Resistance". Are you kidding??? THIS WAS A FUCKING MASTERPIECE, I WANT A MILLION ALBUNS LIKE THIS

    24 Mar 4:12am Reply
  • Psychedalex77

    The start of their rapid decline, anyone who disagrees is just pleb ;)

    20 Feb 7:34am Reply
  • My_Sharona

    This is their best album and anyone who disagrees is just a mad hater [2]

    29 Jan 8:39pm Reply
  • J-e-r-p-p-A

    This is their best album and anyone who disagrees is just a mad hater. :)

    14 Jan 8:18pm Reply
  • Cirnodesuu

    A few decent songs but overall they really lost their way on here. [5]

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • lostboy-

    This has actually aged fairly well, in my opinion.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kiwivogel

    Last passable record. Allready going down hill :<

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    "Uprising" is probably the worst Muse song, worse than anything on 2nd Law

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    first bad Muse album. it has two good songs: MK Ultra and Undisclosed Desires. Then there is some attempt to make classical, and some filler shit

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
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  • lesouz4

    Melhor álbum. As letras, todos os arranjos musicais... sem palavras.

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • nataliagaliand

    the best album

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Slayerrrr_88

    A few decent songs but overall they really lost their way on here. [4]

    18 May 2014 Reply
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