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Freak Show

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Editorial Reviews

Freak Show Silverchair | Format: Audio CD

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

Product Details

  • 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 (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Forest Law on April 19, 2000
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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 By TimmyC on April 26, 2000
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Citizen Arcane on October 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the best of Silverchair. After this album most everything they recorded sucked Crocodile Dundee. The albums after Freak Show were watered down with strings and too many anti-depressants, and considering the record was the epitome of teenage angst in the late nineties it is still as relative, if not more so, today; especially since 'alternative' music is like saying Top 40 nowadays. Diorama is like diarrhea. Does anyone else smell burn out?
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