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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B00001SIES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunburn
2. Muscle Museum
3. Fillip
4. Falling Down
5. Cave
6. Showbiz
7. Unintended
8. Uno
9. Sober
10. Escape
11. Overdue
12. Hate This & I'll Love You

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Says NME: "Muse is exceptional and utterly worthy..their tunes are all spectacular, stadium-sized monsters..how a band that teeters on the edge of perfection can go from strength to strength is beyond me. But they do. Oh Lord, they do." Says influential BBC DJ Steve Lamacq: "A handsome mix of brute noise and fragility..the most requested and revered of the new bands played on Radio One." Discover your own Muse on this young U.K. trio's debut album, Showbiz.

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Often compared to Radiohead, the youngsters in Muse make no bones about their love of Thom Yorke and company. Like Radiohead and their other favorite band, Nirvana, the tracks on Muse's debut go straight for the quiet verses and windstorm choruses associated with those acts. Unfortunately, Muse don't have that crackling aura their idols possess, and that's something that no amount of production can fix. Still, it's hard to write them off completely after hearing the single "Muscle Museum," which hints at brighter days on the horizon. Radiohead's Pablo Honey wasn't that great an album either, and look at them post-OK Computer. If they're going to crash American radio, they'll have to wait until the next release. --Jason Josephes

Customer Reviews

A very good song.
OMNIGOSS
A true gem In conclusion, despite what the critics may say, this album is definitely worth a listen for anyone who likes Muse or meaningful music.
E. Morris
The three members of the band are full of so much passion for what they're creating that the energy overflows into the music.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's fantastic!! I am a huge Radiohead fan (I love Nirvana too), but that definitely doesn't mean that only Radiohead fans will like this CD, as it has a unique sound, and although Matthew's vocals sound scarily like Thom Yorke at times, (which is, admittedly, one of my favourite Muse details) their music differs from Radiohead's music in many ways. As for my favourite songs... "Sunburn" is obviously wonderful, I bought the album after hearing that song on the radio, "Falling Down" (such beautiful vocals), "Cave", "Showbiz" (one of my most favourite ever songs of all time ever, together with "Sunburn"), "Uno" (that song rocks!!! It's so much fun to listen to) and "Overdue". But however much I listen to the final track, "Hate This & I'll Love You", I just can't decide whether I like it or not. It's just one of those songs.
Another thing, I'm not a huge fan of "Muscle Museum". Yes, I do know I'm possibly the only person in the world. It seems to be everyone's favourite. And I just don't understand. I always seem to be different. But anyway, if you've heard "Muscle Museum" and you're not keen on it, PLEASE don't be put off by it, because I'm not keen on it either but I still found the album AMAZING.
Don't let this album pass you by. It's a fantastic piece of work.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By vlad on February 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Well, Radiohead? I really doubt it.
Muse are close to the genre, alright (as well as many other bands are closer to one or another style), they are from Britain, ok, they even love Radiohead, but the list of similarities rather ends here.
For me, what makes them differ from their brit colleagues is the fact that they have more muscles - the music ones, of course: they sound different from any other since they have their own originality that is supported by their rich bass lines, heavy electric guitars and nice latin ones, and beautiful lyrics. They have even more: they've got the unique spirit of this album, the one that makes me believe they possess a huge talent and a definite future.
Sunburn, Showbiz, Uno, and Unintended are undoubtedly great songs that shape the cd well, however, for me, the real standouts are Muscle Museum and Escape.
Fillip, Cave, Overdue, and Hate This and I'll Love You are each unique in their sound, but overall just show the same perfectness of their creators.
Really worth buying and looking forward to their next album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Max Pax on January 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I like both bands, Muse and Radiohead, and I don't see why they are compared. They have nothing in common, exept that they make both emotinal music. Although I like Radiohead more, this album is still excelent. This is Muse at their rawest, most emotinal and simply at their best, although this is the least accesible of all their albums. The stand out-tracks are Showbiz, Sober, Cave, Escape, Unintended, (of course) Muscle Museum and strangly enough I do like Overdue alot. Showbiz and Muscle Museum are by far the most exciting tracks on the album, you can really lose yourself in one of those songs. Sober is lyrically a masterpiece, Cave is a first class rock-song, Unintended is more mellow and Overdue is poppy and very catchy. Sunburn is an emotionally great intro. What the hey, they are all great songs on this album, Muse at it's best like I said before. Although I don't recommend this to buy if you're new to Muse. Buy Origin Of Symmetry if you're new. Buy this if you want Muse's masterpiece.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"Showbiz" by Muse has moved me like no other album in recent memory. "Showbiz" contains an amazing collection of tracks that play like a fine rock opera. Listen to these audio samples! Absolutely stunning.
Muse is an absolutely unique band. Although many reviewers are simply comparing their style to other bands (e.g., Radiohead, the Smashing Pumpkins), this is an injustice. Listening to this album reminds me of the great rock musicals of our time: Pink Floyd's "The Wall," the Who's "Tommy," and even a little bit of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Yep, it's that good.
Standout tracks for me include the first single, "Muscle Museum," "Sunburn," "Philip," "Falling Down," and "Unintended." However, this is a rare album in which I listen from start to finish without any track advancing.
I encourage you to buy "Showbiz." You are in for an amazing journey.
The best album of 1999.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kasper Michelsen on January 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been dedicated to Muse for almost four years now, since I first saw the amazing video for single Bliss from their second album, Origin Of Symmetry, which was probably the best album of 2001. I bought their 2003 release Absolution on release date, and wasn't dissapointed in any way - again, they'd pulled off what I think was the best rock album released that year. However, I had been somewhat hescitant to buy their debut album, because I had an impression that it wouldn't match their other albums in quality.

I was wrong.

Showbiz features a less matured Muse, certainly, but the quality of the songs is none the less impressive, and with more than 8 excellent tracks on a 12-track CD, this is one you can't go wrong with. Favorite tracks seem to vary a lot between reviewers - which is another proof of the all-around quality of this CD. None of the tracks on this CD is less than good. My personal oppinion on the tracks of this album is as follows:

1. Sunburn. 8/10. Sunburn is a great track, the piano intro is crisp and precise and an excellent opening to the CD. The weakness of this track for me is perhaps that the overall production and arrangement lacks a bit of focus - it's great, but it's not a masterpiece - but still a wonderful song. 4th single from album.

2. Muscle Museum. 9½/10. An instant classic, Muscle Museum has everything it takes - great lyrics, catchy melody and daring arrangement. I have actually heard live versions that surpass the album version (go buy the Hullaballoo CD) but this track was a well-deserved break through for the band. 3rd single from album.

3. Filip. 9/10. This is the first song that shows the more artsy side of Muse. The change in tempo and style is brilliant.
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