Muse, "The Resistance"

British rock act Muse's fifth album, "The Resistance," shows growth from the band's previous releases and proves that it's primed for a global musical takeover. The album opener, "Uprising," carries a pulsating bass and drum groove, while the band's singer/guitarist Matthew Bellamy provides call-to-arms lyrics ("Rise up and take the power back/ It's time that/The fat cats had a heart attack"), which hypnotize the listener into a revolutionary-like state. The song "United States of Eurasia" opens with a docile verse but quickly progresses with a falsetto vocal line and accompanying guitar riff that break open a larger-than-life chorus and a Middle Eastern-sounding bridge reminiscent of Queen. The three-part rock symphony "Exogenesis" closes the album, combining elements of piano and the band's dramatic flair. The evolution of Muse is likely far from over, and "The Resistance" teases what the band still has up its sleeve.-Evan C. Jones