Showbiz (download)

September 28, 1991 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1991
  • Release Date: September 28, 1991
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2003 A&E Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 54:21
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  • ASIN: B002BGA7WM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,377 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I just can't stop listening to this one CD.
Margaret Eppstein
Although I like Radiohead more, this album is still excelent.
Max Pax
This is one of the best albums of the last year.
Nick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2005
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Despite the recent explosion of dancerock from the UK, Muse is perhaps the most powerful Britpop band to emerge in years. If you want comparisons, they're equal parts Radiohead and Led Zeppelin, with a unique sound that is both melodic and raw. Few debuts are as intense as Muse's "Showbiz."

A steady piano melody ripples by, followed by some steady drumming. That, in turn, segues into the expansive bombastic rock'n'roll of "Sunburn." Matt Bellamy sits in the middle of the song, singing in a trembly voice, "I'll feel/A guilty conscience grow/And I'll feel/A guilty conscience grow." Then he bursts into an anguished howl: "And I'll hide from the world/Behind a broken frame/And I'll run forever/I can't face the shame..." The music crests with it, a panoramic blend of guitar, bass and piano.

And that's only the first song.

The songs that follow are just as powerful, if a bit lower-key. Muse dabbles first in some truly ominous guitar pop, followed by acoustic ballads, and an angsty lament or two. Then, about halfway through the album, things get loud again -- songs like the title track have a wall-of-sound guitar'n'bass melody. In these songs, Muse sounds eerily like a British version of the Smashing Pumpkins.

Good as their debut was, Muse wasn't at their peak with "Showbiz" -- they hadn't quite perfected the epic-guitar thing, and the production isn't at its best. But they are still a compelling listen -- the climax of "Uno" is the sonic equivalent of being hit with a tsunami. For a band that was still defining their sound, it's remarkable.

Chris Wolstenholme does an exceptional job with the driving bass, while Bellamy pulls double, triple and sometimes quadruple duty, playing everything from Hammond to piano.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
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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
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Max Pax on January 1, 2005
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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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