Whatever you think about the new Muse album, The Resistance, you’re right. If you love it, you have nothing to be ashamed of. If you hate it, you’re definitely within your rights to do so. I don’t think this is a polarizing record. I think it’s an affirming record. It’s not going to change anyone’s mind on the band; rather, your opinion of Muse will be rewarded by what you’ll find.
The Resistance is an album full of such bombastic pretentiousness, I’d like it to finally put any sort of Radiohead vs. Muse comparisons to rest. As much as I love them, Radiohead has never tried anything this epic. Muse is reaching toward such champions of bombastic prog as Queen, Rush and King Crimson on this record. Even when they try to do a straight-up pop song, they can’t help but let in their proggy influences. They also let their more modern influences in when they “borrow” from more contemporary pop sounds. It all works together, though. Love it or hate it, you’re right. I love it!