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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.Read more ›
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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one of best grunge ablums of its generation classic riffs like 'learn to hate', 'roses','slave' the list goes on,way better than overated nevermind lolPublished 5 months ago by Ben
a, i really miss the 90s!!!!!!!! This is a classic from the late 90s.....Freak show, Abuse me and Cemetery were at high rotation on mtv(the old decent mtv)..... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fluminense Rio
One of, if not the, BEST bands to come out of this era - no more really needs to be said.Published on April 14, 2014 by Matt C.
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
Best sound of guitar ever (at least for a grunge record), Used... but in a excellent shape...one of the best australian bands ever.Published on October 28, 2013 by Raul Hernandez
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 on August 30, 2013 by Marc Smith