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1. Band of the Week: The Raconteurs
A friend of mine, Andrew Wyman, referred me to The Ractonteurs during an animation class I took.
I was especially skeptical because he was a massive White Stripes Fan. Although I do recognize the originality of the White Stripes, I just have never been able to get into them.
Anyways, I was immediately drawn to The Raconteurs, and their song "Carolina Drama" quickly became my favorite song by them (I guess I'm just a big fan of the "Concept" Albums and Songs).
Although there are only 2 albums, I would say that Consolers of the Lonely shows a whole lot more character.
But that's just me.
You can check their Page Here. (Remember, I have conveniently provided several songs from the band for you to listen to, on that page.)
2. Article: Muse "The Resistance" Review
(A.K.A. The Environmentally Friendly Album)
If I could sum up "The Resistance" for you...in only 41 words, I would call it "The Album where Muse ran out of ideas, so they decided to use all of their old songs, smash them together, and then throw in some Marilyn Manson, Queen, Rihanna, and every other artist you can think of for good measure."
The first song, Uprising, hits you hard with one of the most blatant musical plagiarisms since boy bands learned how to use a microphone.
In fact, there were so many "Plagiarisms" in this album, I have created a chart, to show you exactly How Alike these songs really are.
Note: Some songs will be compared to old Muse songs, to reinforce the "Recycling" aspect of this review.
Muse Rip-Off Chart
|Song From "The Resistance"||Sounds Like:|
|Uprising||"Personal Jesus" by Marilyn Manson, "Call Me" by Blondie and "Atlas" by Battles|
|Undisclosed Desires||"Strangelove" by Depeche Mode|
|United States Of Eurasia||"We Are The Champions" by Queen|
|Guiding Light||"Are We The Waiting" by Greenday|
|Unnatural Selection||"Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist and Newborn" by Muse|
|I Belong To You||"Feeling Good" by Muse|
|Exogenesis (Overture)||"Blackout" by Muse. Also the twisted Jenova Battle song from Final Fantasy 7.|
|Exogenesis (Cross-Pollination)||"Butterflies and Hurricanes" Piano Solo by Muse|
|Exogenesis (Part 3)||"Moonlight Sonata" |
The only songs on this album I actually liked, to any degree, were Unnatural Selection, MK Ultra, and Exogenesis (All 3).
And that's not to say that I loved them or anything, but they were the only songs that I could handle without wanting to drink bleach.
- Undisclosed Desires
- United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)
- Guiding Light
- Unnatural Selection
- MK Ultra
- I Belong to You/Mon Cœur S'ouvre à ta Voix
- Exogenesis: Symphony Part I (Overture)
- Exogenesis: Symphony Part II (Cross Pollination)
- Exogenesis: Symphony Part III (Redemption)
I do give them credit for protecting our endangered earth though.
If you saw my title at the top, you remember it said "The Environmentally Friendly album". That is because Muse didn't bother to do anything original with this album. They simply re-used old chord progressions, guitar riffs, and vocal parts.
See! No more excess waste from original music!
To better help you understand "The Resistance" as an album, I offer you an alternative album title that I believe is much more suitable, considering the nature of the album.
And they do, you can trust me on that.
In Short, this is The Album where Muse ran out of ideas, so they decided to use all of their old songs, smash them together, and then throw in some Marilyn Manson, Queen, and Rihanna and every other artist you can think of for good measure. (As stated at the beginning of the review...see what I did there? I began with my Conclusion, and Concluded with my beginning...I must be some sort of literary genius!)
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