The Resistance


Release date(s)
September 14th, 2009
Recording details
September 2008 - May 2009, various studios
No. of tracks
Warner Bros., Helium-3
Chart position
UnitedKingdom 3
France 1
Japan 11
UnitedStates 3
Australia 1

The Resistance is the fifth full-length studio album by Muse, and a 2011 Grammy Award-winner for "Best Rock Album."

Like previous Muse albums it draws from a wide range of genres and influences, including glam rock, R&B, disco and classical.

The album was recorded in Lake Como and Milan, Italy, between late-2008 and mid-2009. On the 21st June 2008, Chris announced that although band had five or six new songs for the new album, they had not heard any of Matt's lyrics for the songs, saying that he's sure "he already has them in his head and that they are dark, as always".

Matt stated he would like "at least one 15-minute space-rock solo" and "dancing, grooving, rhythm section-dominated songs". He later confirmed that he was indeed working on a 14 minute long "progressive" song that was "like a slimy opera version [of previous Muse songs]", which Dom called a "symphonic monster". Matt implied this song was difficult to compose as he was arranging the orchestral elements himself due to the fear of a composer changing the music. The song, if finished, will be in three parts at the end of the album. Dom has said that the song "starts quite mellow and ends up very heavy indeed whilst moving through a few genres to get there." On 3rd July 2009, this song was revealed to be the three-track symphony Exogenesis.

The release of the album was followed by a tour with U2 in the USA, followed by Muse's own Resistance Tour of Europe.

Four singles have been released: Uprising on 4 August 2009, Undisclosed Desires on 16 November 2009, Resistance on 22 February 2010, and Exogenesis: Symphony on 17 April 2010.

Track listEdit

  1. Uprising – 5:03
  2. Resistance – 5:46
  3. Undisclosed Desires – 3:56
  4. United States of Eurasia
       +Collateral Damage – 5:47
  5. Guiding Light – 4:13
  6. Unnatural Selection – 6:54
  7. MK Ultra – 4:06
  8. I Belong to You
       +Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix (Translates to: My heart opens with your voice) – 5:38
  9. Exogenesis: Symphony Part I (Overture) – 4:18
  10. Exogenesis: Symphony Part II (Cross Pollination) – 3:56
  11. Exogenesis: Symphony Part III (Redemption) – 4:37
The Resistance