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"Showbiz" is the debut album by British rock band, Muse. It was released in 1999 on Mushroom Records and produced by the band with John Leckie & Paul Reeve. The line-up for the album was Matthew Bellamy (vocals/guitar/piano), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass) and Dominic Howard (drums).
Probably the finest rock band to come out of Devon, England, Muse was formed in 1994 and it wasn't long before they started getting a following and 1998 saw the release of the band's first EP which was self-titled. A year later Muse put out their second EP, "Muscle Museum", and immediately began work on this, their debut album. It reached No.29 in the UK album charts, and the band has not looked back since. Is it any good? Let's find out!
This song starts out with a quick piano melody which is joined by soft drums and finally Bellamy's vocal harmony which immediately reminds me of Radiohead's Thom Yorke, though it must be said that the two have a different range. It comes to life during the chorus where the power chords are punched on the guitar as the decent piano riff which started the tune is almost, but not quite, drowned out. For me, the piano is the best part of the song as it holds that certain air about it which tells you who's boss. Dominic Howard said: "Sunburn is a song that happened in the studio about two years ago. I remember Matt playing around with a line on the piano and then on the guitar. Then the rest of us joined in. It's a song we still love playing live and always will. It's about moving into a new world, mentally or physically, realising it's not what you thought it was going to be. It was written at a time of change for us - we'd gone from painting and decorating and signing on, to flying first class to LA!"
This is an excellent song, and the best one on the album as far as I'm concerned. I love the heavy, yet, soft, bass line and the Oriental-sounding guitar post-intro gives off a sense of accomplishment. I like the way the track builds up as it progresses through the first few verses until the chorus kicks in with some excellent guitar work. Bellamy shows how good of a front man he is on this song, and though I've never seen Muse live, I'll guarantee this is something special in an outdoor arena festival set-up. Matthew Bellamy says about the song: "I wanted to do this big epic guitar solo at the end of the chorus and as soon as I started doing the solo, I missed a chord. So I suddenly found myself singing the guitar solo instead. I ended up singing it into a Marshall amp and it sounded exactly like guitar."
This is one of those songs that begins with a strange feedback loop before the guitar comes in with a solid riff that's soon joined by the drums and bass. Bellamy's vocal harmony is different here and I think that's what throws me off it a little, because the lyrics don't seem to flow with the melody of the song. It does have a pretty decent chorus, though, which just about saves it from being a complete dud. This is a song about snapping fingers as you do between the thumb and middle finger, though I'm unsure why someone would write a song about such a thing but then again I've heard songs about peaches in cans, so I guess anything goes.
When the opening of the song starts, I'm immediately drawn to thinking of those spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. I can imagine a scene with someone sitting on their front porch in a rocking chair with a pitcher of iced tea, playing an acoustic guitar and softly singing as they pluck at the strings. This is one of the softest songs on the album and has some of Bellamy's highest vocals in pitch throughout the mainstay. It isn't one of my favourites to be honest, but I think that's largely because I much prefer hard rocking songs with a kick. Matthew Bellamy said: "15,000 people is the population of the town where we're from, Teignmouth in Devon. Seaside towns are not great places to grow up in. They're very nice places where you can leave your doors open and all that, but it's just got a small town vibe about it. I think some of the song was actually about wanting to blow it up!"
This song starts out with a basic riff with a simple hook that carries along some marching drums. Just when I think it's not going to get any better, the intro is done and we're into the meat and potatoes of the track with some good guitar playing, backed up by a drum beat which sounds perfectly clear, thanks to the great production. Bellamy's vocals are spot on, and we have another winner as far as good songs on the album go. However, I'm not too convinced by the piano solo in the bridge which is reminiscent of Guns N' Roses with "November Rain". I do like the guitar-driven outro, though. Matthew Bellamy commented: "The idea for "Cave" came from that rubbish American book, "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus". There's this bit about how men go into a cave when they get stressed and I think that's probably true, although, personally, I tend to let it out. I did have a bit of a tantrum in my hotel bathroom last night - but I managed to repair the toilet, so that's OK."
The title track comes in with a plodding yet subtle bass line that sets the tone for Bellamy's softly-softly approach to the singing. Some people will love this song, but it sounds like it's going in too many directions, as far as I'm concerned, and I'm not sure what it wants to do half of the time. The chorus, though, is excellent and Matt Bellamy knows how to make his guitar sing as well as his own vocals, as we get a decent main riff throughout, but a very good solo during the bridge. It's certainly not one of the highlights of the album but it becomes apparent on this song more than any other on the album that Bellamy's vocal range is astonishingly high and the last time I heard a set of pipes like that could go that high was Judas Priest's Rob Halford. Matthew Bellamy said of the song: "The song is about how we all have an inside personality that we sort of hide from the outside."
This is an acoustic song with yet more incredibly powerful vocals from Bellamy that can't fail to impress even a hardened heavy metal fan like myself. It has an accompanying drum beat in the background, but it's all about what Matt Bellamy can do in the singing department, and as noted with other tracks on the album, he can do a whole lot. This is sheer brilliance from the front man, but don't tell anyone I said that! Matthew Bellamy said: "There are a few unintended love songs. The song I wrote about the girl was written in the studio after a phone conversation with her. We called it "Unintended" because it came out of nowhere, and I didn't mean it to happen, all of these feelings for this girl.
Some strange guitar sounds start the song off which reminds me of what Jimi Hendrix would do when jamming, and there's certainly a little bit of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" in there as well. I like the squeaky and distorted sound of the guitars when the song gets going, backed up by the clunky bass playing and crashing drum beat. But just when I start to nod my approval, all the good stuff stops and it goes all soft and repeaty while the verses are sung. There is a decent meaty chorus, though, which picks me up once more before it gets really strange with an almost Mexican-sounding guitar riff. This isn't a track which grabs me, unfortunately, as it's just a little too weird for my liking and doesn't have much via way of structure.
This is a song about whiskey, Irish and bourbon, though if I drank all those delicious spirits, I don't think I'd be that sober! Musically, it has a pretty good and solid rocking beat that can't fail to get your foot tapping, but the best thing about the track is Wolstenholme's intense bass playing that is very good but often pushed aside because of Bellamy's vocals. The bass riff is thunderous and a joy to listen to, now that I can actually appreciate what I'm listening to without having to think about the singing. Lyrically, it's pretty silly, if I'm honest, but not every song in the world can be the best ever written.
This is another song which starts with a piano riff followed by a soft drum beat, encompassing the vocals. There isn't a chorus on the song as such, but when a rowdy guitar riff joins the party it starts a different part of the song which could be interpreted as being a chorus. It's done with feeling and though I'm unsure what the track is about, I would go a long way to say it had something to do with Matthew Bellamy's past. There is a bit of guitar overdrive during the bridge which suggests the mood the song is in at the time, or the anger that Bellamy was feeling as he played the song. Again, this is a track which a lot will like, but it's not one for me.
This is the shortest song on the album which begins with a healthy dose of power chords from the guitar. I like the fluidity of this track and the chorus is very good as it is surrounded by backing vocals. The song has its slower parts but they're very few and far between that you tend not to even notice them half of the time. It's not a great song by any means, but it has the ability to turn your head and make you notice what it's doing, and that's the magical essence that all great bands have in their ability to record something that doesn't quite stand out but still makes the grade. Usually it's the singer of a band which keeps a song flowing, but this time it's the instruments themselves.
Hate This & I'll Love You
The album comes to a close with a song about having had enough of a relationship that you've tried to make work but simply cannot carry on with it any more. Your opposite number has put you down too many times, and now it's your turn to tell it exactly how it is. It's a pretty good closing track with Bellamy getting more and more into it, vocally, as the song progresses, pausing for effect in the middle for a bit of slide guitar during the bridge. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the song but it does its job as a closer, especially with the spatial guitar playing that begins the outro.
I bought this album along with a number of other CDs off of a friend of mine and though I was hugely sceptical at first I grew to like it and I'm glad it's part of my vast collection of mostly heavy metal and rock music. Matthew Bellamy is an incredible songwriter, vocalist, pianist and guitarist who is backed up brilliantly by the timely drums of Dominic Howard and the impressive bass playing of Christopher Wolstenholme. I like the album and I'm sure you will like it as well, especially if you're a fan of songs which are well-written and played with passion and feeling.
2. Muscle Museum
4. Falling Down
12. Hate This and I'll Love You
My rating: 8/10
It may surprise anyone who has read my other music reviews that my favourite band in the whole world is Muse. I think they're absolutely fantastic and have seen them live several times, most notably at Glastonbury 2010 where I managed to worm my way almost to the front of the crowd and left bruised, battered and covered in the sweat of several teenage boys, but very happy!
I wasn't always a fan, though. At school, I was very much a pop music sort of girl, insofar as I was into music at all (I always preferred books to be honest!). Once in history class, the students on my table were discussing music and one of the guys said he really liked Muse. "Muse?" I said scornfully. "Who are they?". David Thompson, if you're reading this, I'm sorry, you were right all along!
Muse is made up of Matt Bellamy on lead vocals, guitars and piano (who also wrote all the songs on this album), Chris Wolstenholme on bass, and Dominic Howard on drums. Showbiz was the band's first album, released in 1999. It enjoyed moderate success, reaching no. 29 in the charts. I bought it after buying and liking their second and third albums. It lacks the epic quality of their later work, but I love it nevertheless. This was the album that drew comparisons with Radiohead, but since I've never listened to Radiohead (yes, yes, I know, disgraceful), I can't personally comment on this.
Showbiz is a collection of guitar and piano-laden rock songs with largely distinctive melodies. My favourite song is probably the title track which starts off slowly and builds up to a rousing chorus. I also like Escape and closing track Hate This and I'll Love You with its angry lyrics. Opening track Sunburn has a distinctive piano melody with a guitar-laden chorus. Muscle Museum, Fillip and Cave are rock songs with memorable melodies.
There are some slower tracks on here too. Unintended is the closest the band gets to a love song, while Falling Down has more of a stripped-down sound than some other tracks on the album. Overall though, this is an album to rock out to, with Matt Bellamy's distinctive vocals and heavy guitars and piano.
2. Muscle Museum
4. Falling Down
12. Hate This and I'll Love You
Sadly, songs from Showbiz (with the exception of Unintended which often provides a quieter interlude) are rarely performed live nowadays. This is a shame as I think the title track Showbiz in particular would be a fantastic concert opener. I honestly couldn't pick a favourite Muse album. I know many of the older fans prefer their earlier work, and several newer fans only like their more recent stuff, but I like it all - it depends on my mood as to which album I prefer at any given moment. This one gets five stars in any case!
I've recently reviewed Muse's 2nd and 3rd album, and have decided I'm going to complete the set. There's no better place to start than with their debut, "Showbiz", released in October 1999.
I remember watching Top of the Pops back in 1999, tolerating the likes of Steps, Britney Spears and the Vengaboyz (is it an 's' or a 'z'?) and waiting for something interesting to show itself. I was hoping for something like Oasis, Stereophonics, etc. and when Matt Bellamy appeared on the stage with a guitar, I sat up and paid attention. I had never heard of Muse, but as they played 'Muscle Museum' live that night, they got their claws into me.
In school the next week I was excitedly talking to my mate about them - he had seen TOTP too, and he had read about Muse in NME, and that weekend he had bought the album. I brought in one of my a Sony recordable mini-disks the next day (late 90's nostalgia) and got him to copy the album for me...
WOW - Muse were something new and different to me. This was proper rock music, but not in classic sense of Guns n Roses or Led Zepelin which I was familiar with - they were modern and unique in their sound. Matt Bellamy had an amazing voice, there were some great tunes and melodies, and some of the guitar riffs were incredible.
Since that point, Muse have always ranked among my favourite bands, and 'Showbiz' is an album I still listen to regularly, but now I can write about the album a lot more intelligibly than a 14-year-old boy could have done!
Muse's sound has evolved a great deal since 'Showbiz', but what they showed in this debut was something different and exciting, as well as raw talent and real potential. Whilst they are now quite glam and polished in their sound, this album is definitely more raw, less mature, and a little rougher around the edges. This is to be expected really, as the band were still in their early twenties at the time, but it's still a brilliant album. It's great to listen to from start to finish, and has several tracks which really stand out, and are still among my favourites today.
I won't go through all the tracks, as I find that a bit tedious. But I'll focus on a few. Here's the track-listing:
2. Muscle Museum
4. Falling Down
12. Hate this and I'll Love you
The opening track "Sunburn" is still one of my Muse favourites. Guitarist and singer Matt Bellamy is also a brilliant pianist, and this is one of the first samples of his great playing.
"Muscle Museum" and "Cave" are great examples of the excellent guitar riffs that have always been part of the Muse signature sound. Also, songs such as "Escape" and album-closer "Hate this and I'll Love you" are early indicators of the band's fondness for building a song into a great crescendo.
"Unintended" is a track which splits many old school Muse fans. It's a soft lullaby of a song, and very different to what has come to be expected of the band. Personally I think it's great - it showcases Bellamy's delicate vocals, and is a beautiful song.
The title track "Showbiz" is my personal favourite. It's a real stand out track and a definitive Muse sound. It begins relatively soft and restrained, with angsty lyrics and a thumping drum beat, but builds to an incredible crescendo with a piercing falsetto vocal, powerful riffs, and a proper brain-zapping guitar solo.
Some of the later tracks on the album are a little weaker, but there isn't a single song which doesn't have several redeeming qualities or interesting ideas or riffs in it.
I have mentioned Matt Bellamy a lot in this review, and as much as "Showbiz" revealed Muse to be a promising new band, it revealed Bellamy to be a budding musical legend. His band-mates, Drummer Dom Howard and bassist Chris Wolstenholme definitely deserve a mention here. They don't take centre-stage as often as they do on subsequent albums, but still show themselves to be top musicians, forming a strong and cohesive overall sound.
Overall, Showbiz still stands out as a brilliant album, and an incredibly impressive debut from one of England's top rock bands. With subsequent albums, Muse matured, and their sound became more accomplished and well-rounded, but there is still a lot to be said for this raw, passionate, exciting album.
Muse released 'Showbiz' in 2006, and it is worlds away in terms of sound and direction of their newest ablum 'Resistance'. This album is more edgy and they sound energetic in their delivery of the imacculate guitar, bass and drums. They have been wrongly compared to radiohead (anyone can make comparisons) but I think that this album showed that great things were always going to come.
There are 11 songs on the CD.
2 Muscle museum
11 Hate this and I'll love you
Of these songs there aren't many that I didn't like. I must admit that I don't like unitended too much but that due to my own personal taste. The songs are all rocky and full of depth that you won't realise that there are only three memebrs in the band! This is prety much 11 tracks of space -rock that anyone can listen to and enjoy.
There is something for everyone here from the sweeping piano of 'Suburn' to the instantly recognisable bass of 'muscle museum'. The multi-layered 'cave' is very good and is definitley worth a listen. Actually the whole album is worth a listen.
This is one album that I love to forget about and then rediscover all over again. If your working backwards through Muse's albums you will find it hard to understand why their sound has changed so drastically. This is almost the perfect debut album from an almost perfect band.
If only their music was still like this... Showbiz was Muse's first album, and it is the album that helped them rise to fame.
In this album, Matt's voice is winier than in future albums, and the music is much darker. It starts off with Sunburn, with it's memorable piano intro, that most people will already have heard somewhere before and moves onto Muscle museum, one of muses many classic songs.
The next song, Filip is a much happier kind of song to the previous, and uses a very simple guitar riff throughout. Other popular songs include: Unintended, a song that they have seemed to play live a lot recently; Uno, one of their first big hits and Sober, not to be confused with the Tool song of the same name, as it is infact the opposite of that.
I woulda say this album is the third best album by the band and is certainly better than the rubbish they have released recently. I would recommend that if you are a fan of them because of their latest album, you buy this album, and rediscover the band starting with this album, because you will realise how much better the music is.
Showbiz was the 1st album of the British rock trio Muse, and it was written almost 12 years ago. Whilst much has changed in the past 12 years, the reaction that I, (and popular opinion), have to this album has not. Whilst it may not be as spectacular as more recent albums - Black Holes and Revelations and The Resistance being ones that spring to mind - of Muse, it is certainly worth listening to, and the songs on it trigger powerful emotions and creating dramatic images. The tracks Muscle Museum and Sunburn in particular shows the potential in this band, and perhaps hints at the success that they might have in the future.
So, to conclude, this album is definitely worth a listen, if not a purchase - it can be found it very reasonable prices throughout the internet. It may not be as powerful as other Muse alums, but it is still a joy to hear, particular live where Matt Bellamy's vocals really seem to excel.
Showbiz is Muses debut album released almost 11 years ago later this year.
It's almost impossible not to review this differently in 2010 than when it was first released such has the stature of the Teignmouth trio grown in the years since. I think the perception of the album will also tend to be different depending on when the band first piqued your interest.
As someone who has only followed the band in the post Blackholes & Revelations era it's very noticable that there is a split in the fanbase of the band who much prefer their earlier material. This review is very much written witn the newer fan mindset who is now familiar with much of their work.
The album begins with 2 immediately recognisable Muse hits, 'Sunburn' and 'Muscle Museum' in which the Muse style today can easily be seen with the slow build up (piano intro in Sunburns case) and bursting into heavier rock in the chorus.
'Filip' is almost poppy to begin with before kicking in with some angsty lyrics. A mediocre track, definite filler material after a strong album opening. 'Falling Down' is a slower lament with Matt Bellamys vocal range on display. Very different from anything post Absolution era.
'Cave' picks thing up again. Muse have recently added this into some setlist again but played on piano. The original guitar driven song is much better for my money, much heavier and more rocking and includes a great riff towards the end of the song.
The title track 'Showbiz' just happens to be my favourite ever Muse track. Drum intro leading into trademark slow build up and then some great riffage. Epic stuff. Pick of the album
'Unintended' is a beautifully sung slow almost acoustic lovesong again displaying Muse's great strength - their incredible versatility. Hard rock one minute and then melodic ballads the next.
'Uno' is perhaps the most under-rated song on the album, almost James Bond theme worthy
No here comes the crux for the album. In my opinon it has a particularly ordinary ending quartet. 'Sober', 'Overdue', 'Escape' and 'Hate this and I'll love you' all contain muse trademarks - falsetto, rock, angst, slow parts & heavy riffs but nothing in retrospect 10 years later stands out as memorable. This is not to say they are bad songs at all.
One thing really is strange for me is that my idea of Muse is as a very bass heavy-driven band and for the most part this does not stand out on their debut album.
If I reviewed this a decade ago i'd have probably scored it 8/10 - indeed the NME labelled them as best newcomers at the time and pushed them heavily. I think I now give it 7/10 - again due to the lack of inspirational tracks on the second half of the album.
Standout tracks are Showbiz, Muscle Museum & Cave with Unintended & Uno not far behind.
Muse's first album burst onto the scene filled with teenage angst and torment. It gave the band a brilliant launchpad to the scene, with a lot of help from one Steve Lamacq. Although the band are unrecognisable to these songs these days, this is essential to see the bare bones of Muse's potential.
Unfortunately, the album often sounds like it was recorded in a garage with poor equipment, although some songs still come across as some of Muse's best, it is easy to see this is Muse's most raw and unfortunately worst album.
Sunburn and Muscle Museum are both fantastic songs, Bellamy's piano work in sunburn is brilliant and technical, and his voice soars, while MM is a true rock song to end the millennium on.
Cave and Showbiz both convulse with sheer angst and emotion, and again the musicality of the band cannot be questioned. The songs around these sometimes average, sometimes poor let the side down.
What it is important to remember is that this album was written and recorded when they were 18-20 and for that, is undeniably fantastic to see a band with such vision. Recording issues and some poor songs let the side down here.
Muse have been around for a good few years now & I was so impressed after seeing them live for the first time recently, I decided to check out some of their back catalogue of music. One of my favourite albums from their collection was their 2006 debut, Showbiz.
This probably isn't their most commercially accessible album, but that's no bad thing, this album is very distinctive & different and showcases the birth of a great new band. Unintended is probably one of my favourite tracks on the album with it's lovely chilled out vibe thoughout. Muscle Museum & title track Showbiz also deserves mentions.
This record contains a combination of heavy as well as chilled out material, with the latter probably featuring more. It is available at a bargain price of just £3.99 on HMV online & is an absolute steal for this amount & a must for any serious music collection.
With fantastic emotion in all their songs and some amazing lyrics, this has to be one of the best debuts I've heard. If you get a chance to see Muse live, make sure you cease the opportunity as they put on a spectular live show, there's no better way to experience their music!
Muse are now massive rock stars, but their first album Showbiz, is obviously where it all began, and whilst it's not as refined as their best album, Origins of Symmetry, it's still a cracking debut with some of their very best tracks. At the time of its release, Muse were very obscure, and it wasn't until the release of OoS that they landed on most people's radars.
What is consistent throughout this album is a wonderful marriage of thumping drums, slick bass, and Matt Bellamy's chilling vocal work which is obviously reminiscent of Radiohead's Thom Yorke. His falsetto register is very haunting but also incredibly empassioned and a nice antidote to what we settle for so much in rock, where the band just scream or shout incomprehensibly without any vocal proficiency.
My favourite song on the album, and in fact, my favourite Muse song, is Muscle Museum, it's a very odd song with some truly odd lyrics ("I have played in every toilet"), but it's psychdelic and really feels more like a progressive song than a "flavour of the week" rock song, so I hope the band are recognised for this.
The other really fine track here is Unintended, a pretty haunting tune that's not at all heavy and is instead meditative and serene. It's the most thoughtful song on the album and is my girlfriend's favourite Muse song!
In short, this isn't jam packed with hits like the newer albums, but it's a very auspicious debut album and one that's really recorded with great proficiency. Matt Bellamy is a force to be reckoned with - he really is a vocal wonder and the other instrument work is also superb. This album builds the foundations on which Muse would slowly climb the ranks to become one of the best rock bands of the decade.
I am slightly biased when it comes to Muse but I'll try and sort out which tracks are better off this album:
(1) Sunburn, what a brilliant debut song for a debut album. The piano intro works really well. Matt's vocals are great as always and his guitar work is also great.
(2) Muscle Museum, this is my favourite song off this album. The intro is weird but still manages to sound good. I love the lyrics in this song; I also love the chorus which is really powerful and passionate. The bass is also more prominent in this song.
(5) Cave, this is my third favourite song off this album. The intro is great. All the instruments work really well. The chorus is very powerful. I also like the outro it's a nice touch.
(7) Unintended, scratch that this is my second favourite song off this album. It's an acoustic song. The lyrics are great and it truly is a great love song, the guitar work is very well thought out.
(8) Uno picks up the pace, and it's a lot heavier than the previous song.
(9) Sober is another great song, it's a great song to rock out, Matt's high vocal range and Chris's lower vocals.
This is a great debut album and it was so different from most other bands. It has so many good songs and all the instruments sound great and work well. A must buy for any rock lover or if you want something different.
Classic album from Muse, this came out and they were immediately compared with Radiohead which I think is a lazy and misleading comparison, simply because Matt Bellamy sounds a bit like Thom Yorke on some notes and they like soaring anthems, its not correct and this album proved it.
The album was recorded in 1999 and only peaked at 29 in the charts, but with tracks like the robust Muscle Museum and the exciting Escape, the band made a clear blueprint for their future sound, with rocking guitars and the wonderful voice of Bellamy, this album clearly marks them out as a band with a massive future. It is not their best album, by a long way and at times it does sound a lot like Radiohead, however there are major differences in the style and tone of the music. Muse offer a more operatic take on rock, more dramatic and grander, whilst Radiohead are more nuanced and sophisticated.
This is a great first effort and showcases the bands musical skills perfectly. It is available for £1.99 on Amazon Marketplace or Ebay and is well worth a look.
2. Muscle museum
11. Hate this and I'll love you
Muse are definetily one of my favourite Brirtish bands and unfortunately are not as highly rated as they should be. However they are quite altnerative rock and I imagine therefore not too everyones taste.
I was contemplating doing one of those reviews where the reviewer goes through each track and states what he or she likes about that particular track, however I do not see the point of doing that for a Muse album as either you will love their tracks or hate them. There really is no middle line, although I may be wrong and like with anything there will be people out there who do not love or hate Muse and this album.
Quite a few years back, having heard a lot about Muse from my brother I felt compelled to see what all the fuss was about, so popped the CD into the player and the first track Sunburn started with a stunning piano style track. I think that piano part right at the beginning was the exact moment I got hooked onto Muse. This track is awesome and piano lovers will appreciate it. It is lyrically supreme and a great start to the album. One of the bigger hits on the album and another great track is Muscle Museum. This has a great drum beat and is a very slick track. The voals stick out with the percussion in the background. Then the guitar comes in to maximum effect in the chorus and final stages of the track. After these intial two tracks there is a summer feel to the next track in Fillip. That is the great thing about this album, the mood is constantly changing from track to track and even during most of the tracks their is a swing in the style. Not many other bands can pull this of and Falling Down is a slow balled, which is not one of my favourites as it is a bit too slow paced for me, but there are great vocals and lyrics here. They get back to their best in the next tracks with one of my favourite in Cave. The guitar riffs are awesome and combined with the vocals makes for a very unique track. The next track after this is one of the strangest with the track named after the album, Showbiz. I can really relate to this track which makes it a personal favourite but I do not think it would be too everyones taste. muse fans will love it though. Along with Muscle museum I feel the next track is one of the most commercial in Unintended. It is one of those songs that if you are not a fan of Muse, you are sure to instantly recognise and it is a slow balled with an awesome tune and even better lyrics. The heaviest track comes next in Sober and this is just simply a great rock track. Although just when it is getting very heavy with the rock is drifts into a distinct jazz style. This is what I mean when I say that the mood always changes and this track is a perfect example. Another summer track again takes off in Sober. This track grew on me , when initially I was not a big fan. One of my lesser favourite tracks shorly follows with Escape. it is a track about just escaping from relationships and in the tone of the whole album, but it just feels a bit lazy and doesn't quite hit the right tone with me. They went for the epic style, but for me did not pull it off. The next track is another great rock track with Overdue. Just simply a great track and Nickelback fans in particular I feel will enjoy this as it is a very similar style. Finally the albums ends with hate This & I'll Love you. It is a slow paced decent track and a good finish to a great album.
Overall as I am sure you can tell this is one of my favourite albums and Muse are my favourite British Bands. Sure they have not got the same commercial respect that Oasis and Radiohead achieved, and not many British bands will ever get to that level. Muse however have a huge cult status which will ensure that they can sell albums without too much commercial airplay. This album was also followed up by another awesome album named the origin of symmetry and I will be reviewing that album int he coming weeks. 5 stars.
2. Muscle Museum
4. Falling Down
12. Hate this and I'll Love you
This album from Muse, a rock trio from Devon then signed to Mushroom records, is what true alternative rock is about, forget all these new bands that you hear once. This album is Muse's first and is simpler than there other experimental albums but still raw and exciting. One song which is amazing and just grows and grows with an amazing riff is Muscle Museum. Or then there is Unintended which is a slow one with acoustic guitar, and one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. There's also the more well known song Sunbrun. The whole album is great, rather than like some where theres a few good tracks but you could ignore the rest. Every song on the album sounds different and plays with new ideas. It's an album which will never grow old, and you will never get bored of, definately a must to buy.
Just like a fine brie Showbiz matures with age, becoming better and better with each subsequent listen, and I'm glad MUSE still referred back to it in their recent Wembley Stadium (UK) shows.
It's an understatement to say that this wipes the floor with any of the current modern day crop of acts and historically, I'm sure this will prove to be an important release not only for Muse, but for Brit rock and (modern) space rock in general.
The likes of the powerful Sunburn probably sum up the early Muse sound extremely well, with plenty of majestic piano and powerful cosmic guitar effects, but the album doesn't stop there and boasts of whole host of classics including the legendary Muscle Museum and my personal favourite, Unintended which plays out as a brilliant pace changing ballad (of sorts).
As well as the original CD issue, Showbiz was released in vinyl which is now ultra rare, as are the singles which came from the album but either way, this is a cast iron must.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Muscle museum
11 Hate this and I'll love you