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Freak Show

SilverchairAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Silverchair are one of the most acclaimed and successful Australian bands of all time. They have won more ARIA Awards than any other artist and they have enjoyed more #1 albums than any other band in Australian music history. They have sold more than six million albums around the world.

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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: #73,388 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album made me like grunge 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you would expect April 19, 2000
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" displays a nice display of the soft/loud dynamic, and "Freak" is a catchy rock tune 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 chronicles of singer Daniel Johns' depression. "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" go nowhere interesting (the latter sounds like a re-write of the Smashing Pumpkins song "Disarm") and some of the lyrics are just plain silly, but considering that the band members were about 17-18 years of age when they recorded this, the album is quite impressive. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to hear some strong mid-'90s rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! April 26, 2000
By TimmyC
Format:Audio CD
Wow. That will be your first thought after listening to this album. The first chords you hear will have you stuck to this CD for a long time. Freak Show contains almost metal songs (Learn to Hate) all the way to slower tunes (Abuse Me). Freak is probably the greatest silverchair song along with Anthem for the year 2000. Abuse Me, the first single, is an awesome song. The quick, rockin' tune of Lie to Me will catch you by surprise. This album is such a step up from Frogstomp it's amazing. It can't be put into words. Buy this CD right now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album March 19, 2000
By carly
Format:Audio CD
I am a HUGE silverchair fan and absolutley LOVED this album! It was a mixture of the two albums, it had a lot of punk rock attitude plus more of a creative side, like Neon Ballroom. All tree band members and guests on the album did a brilliant job. Make sure you get it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can sense something great is coming November 15, 2000
By Colin
Format:Audio CD
Listening to Freak Show compared to Frogstomp you can already tell the evolution process is taking place. As they start to form their own sound you get snippets of brilliance that hints at a masterpiece in the future. That masterpiece became Neon Ballroom and these guys aren't even 21 yet. If they keep going like this these guys will be unstoppable. There is more variety on this album than on the first one and the songs are much better too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
One of, if not the, BEST bands to come out of this era - no more really needs to be said.
Published 3 months ago by Matt C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes from a great band
Freakshow is a powerful punch for there second album from silverchair.
It has the hits on there from abuse me , freak , the door and cemetery. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chad Frey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Best sound of guitar ever (at least for a grunge record), Used... but in a excellent of the best australian bands ever.
Published 8 months ago by Raul Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Silverchair album to date!
Takes me back to when I first started getting into grunge! These guys were all I listened to back in the mid 90s. For three 17 year olds to get together and make this band...epic!
Published 10 months ago by Marc Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Silverchair album
Silverchair released their sophomore record "Freak Show" in 1997. This album changed the sound of the band ever so slightly, and saw them go in a little bit of a heavier direction. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jonathan Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sophomore album by any band!
I know alot of people prefer frog stomp or neon ballroom. But I have to say in my opinion this album is better than both. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Josh Bosely
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost a "just push play album"
Awesome album by an even more awesome band. Like every other album by silverchair most of the songs are very grungey and will straight up rock your face off. Read more
Published 13 months ago by zhop
3.0 out of 5 stars Mix of Neon Ballroom and Frogstomp
I only knew a few Freak Show songs from Silverchair's Best of Vol 1. I was excited to hear the entire album but was disappointed to find that the Best of songs were the ones I... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kelly Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
classic silverchair...........awesome! This album is more grungy than most from the trio from the smallest continent, but again......awesome! Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by SPRMN
3.0 out of 5 stars YEAH! I'M A FREAK!
After the great debut FROGSTOMP, Silverchair create FREAK SHOW...Both albuns are very similar...On both you can hear obvious influences from Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and... Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
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