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Freak Show Silverchair | Format: Audio CD

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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. This is my personal favorite Silverchair album, and to think that these guys were only 17 and 18 when then wrote and recorded this is amazing.

I guess you could say that "Freak Show" is kind of a concept album. The album tends to hang around this central idea of outcasts of society and what makes people different to the public eye. It's actually pretty deep stuff for mere kids at the time. It's almost like they went to the Cobainian University of anguish, pain, and misery. The album is an absolute gem throughout, and no song ever warrants the skip button on the album. The songs that I always enjoyed most are "Slave," "No Association," "Learn to Hate," "Freak" and "The Door." However, like I said previously, no song is really what I'd call filler.

This to me was the last really good Silverchair album. Over the course of their next records they got progressively more pop/ballad oriented, and it made me stop following the band shortly thereafter. In order to make your 90's hard rock collection complete, you'll need "Freak Show" and "FrogStomp" in that mentioned collection.
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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. but for some reason they always throw a song or two in that is like the complete opposite, like something off of a christian rock album. If you like the whole 90's post grunge scene than i highly reccomend buying this CD.
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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" 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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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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