Silverchair
Freak Show


4.5
superb

Review

by guitarnugget USER (5 Reviews)
September 13th, 2005 | 19 replies | 9,994 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


2 of 7 thought this review was well written

Silverchair is one of Australia's premier performers, including songwriting Kurt Cobain might have admired, instrumentations that would make Pink Floyd's mouth drop, and singing that every garage band singer tries to top. Silverchair - formed in 1992, when the bandmates were only 12, was a band in Australia, Silverchair won a songwriting contest in 94 and signed a contract with the small-time record label Murmer. With their first EP Frogstomp (1995), which was Australia's 4th best selling CD yet. This got some international attention, by the record label Epic, and months later, Frogstomp was released in the US. It got great reviews, and was one of the years biggest albums, and Silverchair were internationally famous, only at 15 years of age. Then came Freak show (1997), the album that some referred to as regurgitation, but others called a classic. Expanded songwriting and performances made this album the essential Silverchair album to date.

Silverchair:
Daniel Johns: Lead Vox, Guitar
Chris Jouannou: Bass, Vox
Ben Gillies: Drums


Track Listings:

1-Slave - starts out like a good old fashioned rock song, but gradually ascends into a mess of distorted guitars, heavy rhythms, and a mellow vocal performance by Johns. This song keeps up it's intense performance, and the chorus is a key performance by Silverchair.

4.5/5

2-Freak- starts out a lot like Slave - old fashioned rock songish- kind of riff, that remains strong throughout the verse. The chorus rolls along, and despite a change of chords and lyrics it's basically the same as the verse, and when it drifts into the mellow pre-verse part, the song begins to grow on you, but it's not the stuff that made this album great.

3.5/5

3-Abuse Me- A four minute song that has an eighties hard rock feel to it, it's not bad, but not that good either. the whole chord progression really gets tiring and the lyrics are sappy and whiny, but the whole song isn't bad, and deserves at least a 2.5 But wait! at about 2:00, it gets into a great pre-verse that helps the song at least 1.5 stars.

4/5

4-Lie To Me- At 1:22, this doesn't really have an effect on the albums overall review, but it's still fun to listen to, if you can hold out, because it crams 4 minutes of hard rock music into a short amount. It's actually really good- one of the best tracks

4.5/5

5-No Association- It's starts out with an electric feel to it, and then in comes the bass with a powerhouse beat, that sticks in there the whole song. the lyrics are okay, but the show stealer is the drumming to the chorus, the backbone of the song.

4/5

6-Cemetery- A post Emotion Sickness beauty involving lurching guitars over an orchestral epic. The lyrics are complex, and the performances are genious, as well as the vocal range that Johns can cover. It's the 2nd best song on the cd. The 2nd half is just an epic of lurching vocals over the beauty of the orchestration.

5/5

7-The Door- Starts with an indian sitar giving the roots to the song, followed by a great continutation of the riff by Johns and the gang. Another higlight is the faint sitar in the background that barely hangs in there to make this another great song.

4.5/5

8-Pop Song For Us Rejects - A poppy acoustic song that tranforms into an electric mess of heavy beats and riffs and angst-filled lyrics that change quickly into that poppy ditty that you would like to hate, but you know you secretley love it. The violin is a great touch.

4/5

9-Learn To Hate- The 3rd best song on the cd, despite the fact that the word "hate" is repeated more than 8 times during the song, and some of the lyrics are whiney, but the music is what holds the song together to give it that rank. the lull is expected, but one of the highlights of the song.

4.5/5

10-Petrol & Chlorine- Another poppy song is interupted by a dark, deep sitar break, that helps this song immensley. The percussion is good, and the bridge is great, making this song a standout.

4.5/5

11-Roses- The best song on the album may not start out that great, but moves into a beautiful song about what? i dunno, but that doesn't stop this powerhouse of a song. The chorus is great, including the lyric "smelling dead roses". This song is essential for all walks of music.

5/5

12-Nobody Came- Another old fashioned song, but this time takes on the role of Led Zeppelins "In My Time Of Dying". Good lyrics, and a great sluggish chorus come together to make another great song. This song is arguably one of the best songs on this record, if not in total by Silverchair.

5/5

13-The closing- Ugly guitars and mean vocals come together to make the last song on the cd. not much of a fuss, and not that good, until about halfway, where it starts to catch your interest.

3.5/5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
masterarcha
September 13th 2005



2 Comments


Instrumentation that would make Pink Floyd's mouth drop? Granted, I haven't heard many songs off this album, but that's a bold statement...

Two-Headed Boy
October 30th 2005



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Let's just hope that they don't turn it into a boring horror movie adapted from a superior foreign version.


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Mr. Pennywhistle
December 27th 2005



3 Comments


Cool review.

mrnuske
January 17th 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good second album on the back of a huge first one.
Hard to do for any one let alone if your still 17/18.
Some lyrics shows the band age but the voice is unreal...
'Petrol and Chlorine' to me shows more depth than first album. 'The Door' is way better live and really rocks.
Prodution for the ride symbol is not so good and can annoy some but a very solid album considering the age.

nirvana_gate7
April 15th 2006



19 Comments


Door's!

wilksy
May 17th 2006



67 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quote:Let's just hope that they don't turn it into a boring horror movie adapted from a superior foreign version.
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Descendent
May 31st 2006



6 Comments


Freak + The Closing = very good songs

AbaloiFC
October 3rd 2006



4 Comments


Why do you have these taboos? Silverchair are much better than anchient bands like Pink Floyd

KillingInTheNameOf
October 25th 2006



7 Comments


That's what I also believe. Smelling dead rosessssss...

Overdrival
December 14th 2006



5 Comments


Freak Show is Silverchair's best album to date. Waiting for Young Modern...

MrKite
May 29th 2007



5020 Comments


THB, I think they meant that they were hoping Silverchair just don't rip off their predecessors.
I'm really into Freak.

sgflyingv
July 22nd 2007



1 Comments


I used to love this album but they do love to rip a lot of bands off on here.

Prime example...

Track 01.> Slave - Post Intro riff is an EXACT replica of Mad Season - I Don't Know Anything.

yas666eer
January 2nd 2008



270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album owns ...

StickmanSouffle
April 29th 2009



286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty good, Petrol and Chlorine is my favourite off here. The tuning Daniel Johns uses is just sexy. Seriously, open strumming even sounds awesome. Also, Nobody Came is a great song but it sounds really similar to a Metallica song I heard once, can't remember what it was called though.

quickly
March 9th 2010



27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cant believe how these dudes wrote such rad songs when they were so young

rodrigo90
July 26th 2010



210 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

perfect parody of in utero in every track and that make this album awesome and angry at the same time

thumbcrusher
July 12th 2012



3574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

slave is such a rad tune

random
July 13th 2012



2259 Comments


"Learn To Hate" is an underrated favorite off this.

random
July 13th 2012



2259 Comments


"Hating you should be introduced as a new law" is a genius lyric.



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