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The Resistance

by Muse
The Resistance by Muse
Released: Sep 2009
Label: Warner Bros.
Forget the Grammys, Muse deserve an Oscar for The Resistance -- an album filled with more drama and romance than a year's worth of Best Picture nominees. It could easily score a new rendition of 1984, and the novel itself gets ample nods in "Uprising," "Resistance" and "United States of Eurasia." Even the arrangements are as ambitiously and diligently plotted out as the conspiracy theories referenced: glimmers of Queen, Radiohead, U2 and Floyd seamlessly fuse with opera arias ("I Belong to You") and classical epics (do not miss the remarkable three-part "Exogenesis" symphony).
Stephanie Benson