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There was a literal uprising when Muse fans got a listen to the undeniably Queen-y “United States Of Eurasia,” which to be fair, successfully distracted people from the song’s name. The collection’s opener and first single (and protest song) “Uprising” is a darker synth-lined track with stadium-sized “hey hey” group chants. Fans will be fans again. In Matthew Bellamy’s words, it resembles “a heavy-rock take on Goldfrapp.” Also in Bellamy’s words, “they will not control us.” OK! Try and resist The Resistance’s album art while you take a listen.

Those occasional high-pitched guitar/vocal squeals have something very much like this about them.

The Resistance is out 9/14 via Warner Bros.

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  1. Nicko  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Is it just me or are these guys joking with the lyrics? I always thought they were like a Ween version of Stadium rock but I guess these guys are serious, go figure.

    • “a fat cat’s just had a heart attack”
      – Muse

      Lesson to you mister… a cardial infarction ain’t no laughing matter, especially when its someone’s maturing pet.

    • Mandy*  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

      Yeah I’m just hoping the rest of the album is more MUSE and less “we love Dr Who and Queen”…it’s good to have influences, but no need to have them to in your face. I also wish the lyrics were pushed back a bit…I’m afraid they are taking themselves too seriously…too preachy. I have higher hopes for the remaining tracks.

      • tessa  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

        they are joking about the lyrics too…they make it sound so over the top that they end up laughing at what they wrote in the end…matt himself said they laugh at the bit in united states of eurasia where he sings WHEN THEY CAN BE ONLY ONE..so they arent being preachy just…u know..

        • Jeff T  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2009 0

          Agreed. I just think they’re going after the epic genre with a smirk and a wink. Nothing serious.

    • Greg  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

      Yeah, a lot of the songs are conspiracy theory-ish too. Look at titles like MK Ultra and HAARP, etc. You can’t tell if they’re joking or if they actually believe in that crap.

      • Reply  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2009 0

        They believe in the truth. Not sure what anyone else “believes” in. Masking one’s self away from reality is society’s dirty little secret.

    • matt  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2009 0

      I don’t think the lyrics in this song are necessarily not serious. United Sates of Eurasia is a different story, but I don’t think the lyrics here are said in jest.

  2. KarlMarxist   |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Someones been listening to a lot of Battles.

  3. JuanCarlos  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    A lot of Battles? Yes. But anyone remember this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gafc0kE3-V0&feature=related. Looks like someone beat them to the ‘heavy-rock take on Goldfrapp’….

  4. I’m digging the music but the lyrics are painful.

    • Muse’s lyrics have always been among the worst, but I’ve always let them slide because I love the music. Still, it does seem like they’re getting worse.

      • WallabyJoe  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

        “I always thought I was a fool for no one, but ooh baby, I’m a fool for youuuuuuu!”

  5. Coj  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    NME made a good observation regarding the opening/closing theremin melody, it’s very Dr. Who, which really doesn’t do the song any favours.
    I thought the only redeeming thing about this album would be it’s artwork, since they had Storm Thorgerson design their last two covers, but that too is laughable.

  6. I’m listening to the song right now and my first thoughts were exactly that: Dr. Who. At least it’s better than “United States of Eurasia”. On first listen it’s not bad but not great either.

  7. yom thorke  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    This song and the other song suck. Muse is one of those bands that has always left me wondering if they’re on the brink of an innovative breakthrough that would see them carving out their own sound after relying heavily on equally innovative influences, or just a band that would fall victim to the cliches of those influences. The answer is apparent: They’ve chosen the former.

  8. Ryan  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    I like it (Uprising). I am a huge Muse fan and but also understand the harsh criticism. Love the album artwork. Was not big on USOE(+C D). Everyone has said that a “rock opera” was inevitable for Muse, and now we are going to get it. I think it is different but good at the same time. I bet money they return to their “Origin” roots next album. I mean come on, how bout a little credit for this three-piece? They are better than any EMO crap out there, and more listenable than most of these generic indie bands that are indecipherable from one to the next.

  9. Mo'tician  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Not a Muse fan,
    but I mean this song does know what’s going on. It’s really “wound up” and the production has placed the instruments and vocals in the right places to make the song, which could potentially be grating (like Origin of symmetry perhaps) into kind of a psychotic quilt. For now, I say thumbs up.

  10. average Stereogum reader  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    This isn’t Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear or Dirty Projectors and thus, I don’t care.

    • average non-pretentious Stereogum reader rebuttle responder  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

      You know, I can’t stand the pretentious “hipster” music fans like you. Why don’t you listen to something other than whatever “experimental noise” or flavor of the month “glo pop” record is playing at your bandmates’ in Brooklyn and listen to something else for a change. Muse is the next Nirvana and you don’t appreciate talent! I hate you and wish you were never born!

  11. Greg  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Worst album art EVER, especially when you look at their last few albums. Looks like a paint by the numbers thing from a kid’s coloring book.

  12. Mandy*  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Also surprised no one has made note of the similarities b/t this and Kasabian’s “Shoot The Runner”

  13. “This isn’t Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear or Dirty Projectors and thus, I don’t care.”
    -average Stereogum reader

    I laughed out loud to this.

    As someone who has recently gone through Muse’s entire discography I can agree with pretty much everything that is said in this thread. Muse’s lyrics are god awful which they are 90% of the time. 90% of their music is stadium anthem ready. “Uprising”, predictably, commits both of these sentiments, with a dash of annoying political-ness. It really isn’t so bad when you ignore the lyrics but then again there are bands that produce songs that you don’t have to do that to.

  14. Goddamn  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Is it just me, or does the “come on!” remind anyone else of Blondie?

    • click on the linked “this” at the end of the post…

    • steve  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

      If you had been paying attention and read the article before the comments, it says:

      “Those occasional high-pitched guitar/vocal squeals have something very much like this about them.”

      The link in that quote takes you to a youtube video of the Blondie song you are thinking of.

      • steve  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

        And if I had been paying attention, I would have noticed that Brandon already commented on this.

  15. Jack  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    This is the only mainstream band worth of my attention, and I’m glad that this guys are going for great stadium sized-anthems, since, we have half of brooklyn going for blog sized-songs.

  16. Greg  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    I hated it to start but tbh it gets much, much better after a couple of listens :D

  17. Anthony Orzel  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    How can people say that Muse copy, everyone knows they have their own distinct style. Personally Uprising isn’t the Muse style i know, but still the song grows on you. Prefer United States of Eurasia, the whole record just seems to fit.

  18. as someone who hated the us of eurasia song i think this one is sick. they totally jacked the bassline from that battles track but tis life.

  19. Sean Jean  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    This song is much better than the Eurasia one. It jams. This is more like it. Muse lyrics being silly are a given. Move past it.

  20. Had this album came out a couple years ago, I would have shat myself… but I guess reading Stereogum and Pitchfork changes your taste in music.

    Either way, I’m exited. Matt doesn’t seem to be taking himself seriously on the lyrics or subject matter. I mean, he bursts out in laughter every interview where he’s asked about United States of Eurasia. And he’s always making fun of himself for being so interested in all that conspiracy theory crap. The problem is, 90% of Muse fans take that shit seriously and that’s where it gets annoying. So as long as I can avoid those people, I think I’ll enjoy the album just fine.

  21. elmeliac  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Bad lyrics, but catchy with a stomping rhythm, Muse are good.

  22. robert pickles  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Bring on Origin of sym 2. Best album they have done and I love the synth…….I love it,

  23. jenigma  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Far better than United States of Eurasia, I actually feel like this is a Muse track rather than a “Muse as Queen” or “Muse as Millionaire” etc track. As for the lyrics, I feel Muse as entered that territory “I don’t care how ridiculous your politcal sentiment is, as long as you rock” RATM and Refused both espouse debunked socialist ideologies, but they absolutely are tight and are great bands. So what Matt Bellamy is wearing a tinfoil hat way too tightly, they still deliver the goods sonically.

  24. bells  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    if you read the article in nme muse says that they have just taken the events going on (mainly in england) and overstated them in a way in their songs. and they do laugh at their own lyrics and songs on the resistance so i dont think that they are totally serious.

    • iFeelTreadUpon  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2009 0

      What is sad is that the conspiracy theories are making more sense with every passing day. Matt may be 1/2 joking, but that means he is 1/2 serious. If he is even partially correct about “The Powers That Be” and started to really get people riled up, the charter flight to his next concert would go down in the English Channel…

  25. They removed the song! :(

    This album cover reminds me of a very “happy” one person parade. Weird, I know.

  26. kalola  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Some harsh words here! A lot of new music is pure crap, you really have to wade through it to find the halfway decent stuff, but Muse has real talent. The music, the guitar riffs, the vocals, all unique and of high quality, and the lyrics definitely aren’t as bad as some make them out to be. Frankly, we should all be happy with rock stars who are aware of some of the shit that’s going on in our society today, even happier that they are willing to make a social commentary of it through their music! Very very happy with “Uprising” as the first single off “The Resistance”. As per usual in the industry, the first single will be more market and air-wave worthy, but once we get our hands on the whole album we will find the hidden treasures and gems that we know Muse will deliver.

  27. Fakename  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    Ok look, what is wrong with you people? Muse are by far the best band in the world today, and I challenge you to show me someone better. A criticism of Muse for not being original is ridiculous; they have such a diverse and original sound. ‘Muse’s lyrics are awful’? Please tell me why you think they are so awful. And how many other artists can you name whose lyrics are better? Maybe these lyrics aren’t the pretentious, ‘deep and meaningful’ ramblings of other artists that you enjoy. They are simple, straightforward and yet intelligent. And Muse are simply the best band today.

    • Matt  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

      In the world you and Muse live in where there’s a continent called Eurasia then yeah, sure, they’re the best.

    • anon  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

      “Muse are by far the best band in the world today, and I challenge you to show me someone better.”

      Radiohead.

  28. Josh  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2009 0

    anyone else hear how much of a blatant ripoff the music is from belle and sebastians white collar boy?

    • Nick  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

      I thought the same thing when I heard the intro. It’s noisier, but almost exactly the same thing.

  29. Allan  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    Them crooked geniuses should’ve been calling themselves after finishing this compelling track.

  30. mike mike  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    No! You are all missing it, the very first synth line is following Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”. Other than that, like the song, lyrics are too self important, but the music is really well done…play it again.

  31. Fakename  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    Ok come on then Matt, who’s the best band in the world today? Nice of you to sarcastically mock someone else’s post without providing any content of your own. The ‘world you and Muse live in’? I’m sorry, but last time I checked, the concept of Eurasia dated back to ancient times. And, Eurasia has a population of 4.8 billion, and makes up 71% of the entire world population, so if Muse are to be considered the best band in the world by 71% of everyone, then that’s fine by me.

  32. Fakename  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    Yes Anon, Radiohead are indeed a great band and I love them too, however I think Muse are more consistently good. Of course, given the amount of critcism Muse have coped on this blog page, I think it’s only fair that Radiohead cop some too, so… “I hate Radiohead and how could anyone enjoy their pathetic music?” It’s not like they’re one of the greatest bands of all time, nahh.. just like Muse aren’t a quality band today and anyone who fails to recognise this is brain-dead. No way.

  33. Screenager  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    Wow, how non-surprised I am of the amount of idiots in this blog.

    “OMG!1! LOL! MUSE COPIED THIS, AND THIS, AND THIS!”. Being human, you can find familiar patterns in everything. Yes, that is everything.

    I’m going to make this simple and short. All you ‘music critic know-it-alls’ should be thankful that there exists at least one band today that doesn’t fucking suck in the mainstream.

    And for all you people saying ‘they were once good,’ welcome change. If not, go fuck off, this isn’t the band for you. Muse write shit lyrics? HAHA. Could you not be any more of a newer fan? Three words, Origin of Symmetry; Screenager is the most sophisticated song I’ve heard from any band.

    • DPeezy  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

      The best part is that if they just continued in the same exact style as on OoS or Absolution, or any of their other albums, everybody would be on them for being “unoriginal” and just doing the same thing over and over.

      Each successive album represents a step in the evolution of the band. Listen to them in order and the progression is clear and beautiful.

      The world needs more stadium anthems. There’s plenty of other stuff you can listen to by yourself on your headphones in the corner of your depressed room.

  34. Well I think I like it. It’s very different from “old muse”; personally I like Showbiz and OoS but there you go.

    I can hear “Call Me” by Blondie, I can hear Goldfrapp (yes) and also “My Own Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode.

    None of these influences are bad, they’re all actually very good artists.

    You can’t knock the production of this record though, it genuinely is perfect; even if not to my taste. I prefer the screaming vocals and shredding guitar.

    MUSE – Great musicians, talented song-writers, definitely trying to push boundaries…. BUT I am a little suspcious of what I have heard from Resistance so far. I must wait for album and maybe they’ll grow on me.

  35. octavarium  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    “This song and the other song suck. Muse is one of those bands that has always left me wondering if they’re on the brink of an innovative breakthrough that would see them carving out their own sound after relying heavily on equally innovative influences, or just a band that would fall victim to the cliches of those influences. The answer is apparent: They’ve chosen the latter.”

    Good point here, but I honestly feel they had found their own unique sound and carved a true niche from them selves from an early point. This and certain tracks on the last album though seem to be massive steps backwards, pouring out other peoples sounds. It’s the nature of art to tribute and homage other work, but I feel like they are over doing it here and are going to loose alot of fans.

    Personally I also think they need to step back from the political message for a little while as it seems to be lacking passion. ‘Take a bow’ is the type of message I want to hear from these guys not contrived rambling. It just seems a little rushed for them

    I will however stick with this band for a long time and happily listen to their lesser appreciated tracks as I know they have some serious gems to come and I am sure this album has some truely great tracks on it.

  36. Kyle  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    I have a feeling that all the recent posts rambling in defense of Muse, are all one guy.

  37. easy  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    Yeah, probably all one guy, good call kyle.

    What you people don’t seem to understand is that Muse has a huge following of real music fans because…. We like their music!! It’s fun, it’s different, put simply, it gets the blood pumping. Real music fans like Muse because we are confident enough in ourselves to take pleasure in something that isn’t completely self conscious, and crafted specifically for critical acclaim. We love them despite the criticism because we are beyond caring if you think its cheesy, and thankfully for all of us, so is Muse.

  38. Battkes is the first thing that i thought of! Uprising is painful and embarrassing and in their nme interview i just found myself cringing. Muse and Matt have dissappeared up their asses. It was inevitable though since they did self-produce it…

  39. Battes is the first thing that i thought of! Uprising is painful and embarrassing and in their nme interview i just found myself cringing. Muse and Matt have dissappeared up their asses. It was inevitable though since they did self-produce it…

  40. Jim  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    Geez! It’s just a pop song! THat said I am happy to have it. I love Muse. USOE didn’t do much for me but this one rocks. I for one love Goldfrapp and can’t wait to hear Uprising at the clubs as it should be. People need to relax and not take your entertainment so seriously. Just enjoy another great track from a great band.

    SOmeone mentioned Radiohead as a better band….I can respect them but their music to me is ok. It really doesn’t do anything for me.

    Muse on the other hand does and for that I feel they are a better band. It is all about taste and preference. Right? A good steak or bad steak can be different to different people but we can all enjoy the party right? Enjoy this track that is better than all the stupid pop on radio and tv!

    PEACE!

  41. fernando x fuentes  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2009 0

    the music sounds like marilyn manson after watching a dr. who marathon and listening to blondie and gary glitter.

    the lyrics sound like…….???

    typical muse?

  42. StevenHawkingIsABabe  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2009 0

    My God! Muse are plain awesome, they try different genres and evolve after each album. We’ve only heard 2 songs off the whole album, they released Supermassive as the first single for Black Holes,, which isn’t their greatest song, but then they have crackers like Take A Bow and MOTP on there. Wait until the album is out before you start having a go with your so called ‘intelligent’ comments.

  43. StevenHawkingIsABabe  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2009 0

    My God! Muse are plain awesome, they try different genres and evolve after each album. We’ve only heard 2 songs off the whole album, they released Supermassive as the first single for Black Holes,, which isn’t their greatest song, but then they have crackers like Take A Bow and MOTP on there. Wait until the album is out before you start having a go with your so called ‘intelligent’ comments.

  44. Ole  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2009 0

    Ok, so Battles has a rubbish song called ‘Uprising’ feat. M. Bellamy out?

  45. easy  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2009 0

    Muse has been doing fuzzy bass lines like this for some time now, so maybe battles has been ripping off muse.. punk.

  46. Harry  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2009 0

    This song is at least better than “United States of Eurasia” that was the most pretentious piece of shit I’ve heard in a long time. I couldn’t get through the first minute.

  47. I used to listen quite a lot to Muse and I appreciate dearly their reach for the sky melodramatics, because they’ve made it work countless times, but this is not very good. Granted it’s better than USoE.

    Like Stereogum pointed out, it’s a bit of a rip-off, which makes this even worse. Another frowning moment for me. I may give The Uprising a listen anyways. Will be a decisive album for me: is there something enjoyable left or have they completely lost it?

  48. carriemosshart  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2009 0

    the radiohead comparisons are so 1999.
    as a muse fan and a radiohead fan, the bands are so different i just dont think people should pass judgement until theyve heard the bands entire catalogue of work. if you dont like it, just say I DONT LIKE IT..not “this is bullshit this is crap, the lyrics are shit” stating as fact… its all subjective

    its like saying i think all Muse haters on here are ugly fat people….as fact.

  49. Jamie  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2009 0

    As long as Bellamy keeps singing like a dark angel prince I dont’ care what the hell they do. If they go towards musical theater land all the better! The fact that some people think he’s crazy or loony based on what he’s saying just shows the typical mindset of Americans who clique together and make fun of the “weirdos”. Isn’t this why people love musicals and music and rock? Someone else gives us that overly dramatic voice of human power! woo hoo! I hope they still have some raunchy rock on here too, much as I adore my musicals.

  50. not a good song 100%
    maybe they should play United states of Eurasia in the VMA’s and not this :-/

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