On That Note

"Resistance" single artwork
After hearing rumors this week of Muse's newest album potentially to be released this October, I found it appropriate to offer a critique, regardless of how late, of their latest work The Resistance (released 2009...).  This is heightened by the fact that I've seen the band perform the title track two out of three times live in concert (opened for U2's 360 tour at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA; returned 391 days later for their own Resistance tour to Charolttesville's John Paul Jones Arena; and lastly at Lollapalooza 2011 in Chicago's Grant Park).  I also had a dream last night that I saw them for a fourth time.  "Fate isn't without a sense of irony..."

The album's title track "Resistance" is absolutely amazing.  Nominated  for  Best Rock Song at the 2011 Grammys, the song begins with a simple, reflective, and mellow introduction.  Primarily cycling through chords, not much technical activity is going on at the point.  The song soon picks up pace with the entrance of the drums, which serve primarily as a metrenomic unit throughout the remainder of the song (sustained sixteenths).  The melody is introduced through synthesizers and Bellamy's vocals and are colored with the resounding tones of A minor.  This is the case until the song's climax towards the end.  The band modulates into a brief period where G Major takes the throne.  Here, there is an overwhelming sense of movement and progression as they climb the scale (G is one of my favorite keys personally).  As quickly as this happens though is as quickly as the introductory theme is reintroduced to end the song.

At the John Paul Jones Arena performance, Bellamy used a dual-necked guitar for this song in the band's set list.  It seemed to me that the purpose of this was for certain effects for the song's intro and outro.