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  • Audio CD (February 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BSL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slave
2. Freak
3. Abuse Me
4. Lie to Me
5. No Association
6. Cemetery
7. The Door
8. Pop Song For Us Rejects
9. Learn To Hate
10. Petrol And Chlorine
11. Roses
12. Nobody Came
13. The Closing

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Freak Show Silverchair | Format: Audio CD

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I think all the songs are good.
moe@nirvanafan.com
We're trying to reach a greater plateau of creative and show the critics they were more than the influences they sounded like.
Josh Bosely
This is a great introductory CD to Silverchair, and I recommend it to anyone that likes to rock out.
Tony

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "lukefun" on March 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was a fan of these lot before I became a Cobainist. I bought this album after hearing the song 'Freak', a ballad about, well, being a freak. When I first popped this song into my CD player (which took a good 6 months to get out), I was astonished. 'Slave', a song about being manipulated, has the best song beginning I have heard in years. Then it eventually finishes with a fast, punky ending.
The third track is called 'Abuse Me', which starts off mellow but gradually becomes grungy. The fourth is a 1 minute song called 'Lie to me' that sounds like a black sabbath song. Track five sounds like Nirvana's 'Milk It', and is called 'No Association'. The sixth is a mellow song done on the acoustic called 'Cemetery'. Seven is an upbeat song, and one of my personal favourites called 'The Door'.
There are much more songs on this album, but you will have to listen to this album to discover what they're like...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By silver_lining on July 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Despite the fact I prefer Frogstomp much more, this album is still quite good, and unfortunately, the last decent album Silverchair have made. Neon Ballroom is a total bust excluding the wonderful "Emotion Sickness", and Diorama rips off countless artists' music, especially on its first track off the album which rips John Lennon's "Imagine". Too bad I'm the only person who seemed to notice that. But back to Freak Show; the only downfall is its thrash songs. "No Association", "Slave", and "Learn to Hate" are all songs on the thrashier side, and they don't move me with their needless, undirected aggression. Most of Silverchair's best songs have an elements of anger to them (like all of the songs off Frogstomp like "Israel's Son", "Pure Massacre", and "Suicidal Dream"), but they were angry for a reason. Daniel Johns just seemed to put angry songs on Freak Show just for the hell of it. I know that Johns was going through his bout with anorexia during the period this album came out, but that doesn't explain who or what he was directing his anger at with the thrashier songs. That qualm aside, the rest of Freak Show shines for the most part. "The Door" is classic, catchy rock. "Cemetery", "Petrol & Chlorine", and "Abuse Me" are all softer songs that have a side of beauty to them. Freak and Roses are catchy, straight-up rock music. "The Closing" and "Nobody Came" are a somber and ominous way to end the album, which is fine by me. If you're going to get some Silverchair music, I suggest Frogstomp first, and Freak Show after that. The single version of "Anthem for the Year 2000" is worth getting too. Try to get "Emotion Sickness" from a friend who already has Neon Ballroom. Also, there's an excellent non-album Silverchair song called "Untitled", so get that from a friend too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Lew on April 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
When Silverchair first came into the scene in '95, people often compared these three teenagers from Newcastle to the Seattle sound and Grunge bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana or Soundgarden. I was 10 when "Frogstomp" was released and I got the album on tape at the mall when I heard their single "Tomrrow" on MTV, and they closely resembled Nirvana by how they looked, considering I grew up on Grunge music before I went off to Middle School and always admired bands like Nirvana dn Pearl Jam.

Two years later in '97, I was 12 and in 6th grade and I was watching MTV (back when MTV was actually decent) and saw a few new videos off the upcoming Silverchair CD at the time, "Freak Show." The single "Abuse Me" persuaded me to buy this album at Tower Records. I even went to my first concert that year. Guess who it was? Silverchair.

Looking back at this record they did, it's easier for me to say I prefer this album over "Frogstomp." They still stick to the Grunge or Post-Grunge formula in making their music, they were about 17 when this album came out? Anyways. "Freak Show" also had elements musically that wasn't featured on their debut album "Frogstomp." The thrashy punk/metal tunes such as "Lie to Me", "No Association", and "Learn to Hate" are examples. I feel this is Silverchair at their best and while this album did had the Grunge sound in some tracks, the emotion of the lyrics and songs catch the listener from start to finish. When I first heard this CD in '97, I was moved by this kind of music they did. Such emotions can be found in songs such as "Cemetery" which also was a minor hit single for them. Although I could be wrong. One song in particular, "Petrol & Chlorine" was obviously stuff that wasn't featured on their first record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Forest Law on March 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Despite all the harsh criticism Silverchair has received (ex. Nirvana In Pajamas, Silver High Chair), I decided to give this album (the first one I picked up from SC) and was quite surprised. "Abuse Me" nicely displays the soft/loud dynamic that the group mastered, and "Freak" is a catchy rocker despite sketchy lyrics like "No more maybes, your baby's got rabies". More impressive were some of the songs not released as singles, like "Slave", "Learn To Hate", and "The Closing", all of which were apparently written during a very depressing time in Daniel Johns's life. "Petrol & Chlorine" is a left-of-center slower-paced song with sitar, lyrically focusing on another depression related topic - suicide. A few tracks like "The Door" and "Cemetery" are not quite as strong as the rest of the album (the latter sounds like a re-write of the Smashing Pumpkins song "Disarm") and some of the lyrics verge on nonsense, but considering that the band members were about 17-18 years of age when they recorded this, the album is quite impressive. Unfortunately, their two follow ups were both bland, ballad-heavy affairs - I guess that the inspiration for songwriting faded once Daniel Johns found happiness and contentment. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to hear some solid mid-'90s rock.
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