Muse
Showbiz


4.0
excellent

Review

by pointlesss USER (2 Reviews)
February 4th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Muse... back when they were good

Muse are regarded as one of the biggest and (lets face it) pompous bands of the modern era. With their latest outing "The Resistance", being a dissapointing, extravagant mess; it can be difficult to remember how they became one of the biggest bands of the modern era.

While it is undoubtedly "Absolution", "Origin of Symmetry" and there stunning live performances that cemented there current status, it's unfortunate that Muse's first effort "Showbiz", is often forgotten and dismissed for being the malevolent and medicore of the Muse albums. I however do no agree with this view and in my opinion it's on par with there other album:

For one, "Showbiz" contains subtely which every other Muse album lacks, and it's not short of a few classics either. For example the title track, that starts with a sepulchal drum beat which emits tension and eventually explodes into a behemothic of a song with tumultous falsetto and piercing guitar work. Moreover the opening track "Sunburn" with it's intro of arpeggiated chords and looping drum beat, lulls you into a false sense of security which is suddenly shattered by the ravenous chorus!

Moreover, the album dispalys some of Bellamy's finest lyrics, with the ambiguos closing track "Hate This and I'll Love You" and the sombre"Escape" being higlights. Furthermore the song themes are a bit more attainable than other Muse songs, as the lyrics tend to focus on life matters e.g love and work meaning there's no conspiracy theories/paranoia here.

There are also a plethora of Muse's trademark guitar work here including the blistering "Cave", the sadistic "Muscle Museum" and the agitated "Sober". The album also features my favourite Muse song "Falling Down", with it's bluesy guitar line and soft vocals, it's remanissant of Jeff Buckley and it manages to be sweet where other Muse songs have failed.

It does contain a few flaws for example: the forgettable "Fillip" and the feeble "Unintended" and it can at times feel cliched. However in general "Showbiz" is an excellent album which shows a side to Muse which they themselves seem to have forgotten.


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CIRES
February 4th 2012


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Forgettable FILLIP? I love that song!

DarthMann
February 4th 2012


13815 Comments


origin of symmetry was when they were good actually

Killerhit
February 4th 2012


5254 Comments


Short, a little sloppy in terms of grammar, otherwise fine.

DarthMann
February 4th 2012


13815 Comments


*disappointing

wacknizzle
February 4th 2012


13470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review is a little bit short and it could have used more detail but it's still good. I love Sunburn and Muscle Museum, they would have been great singles, maybe they were in the uk but not in the u.s as far as i kno.

Digging: This Gift Is A Curse - I, Gvilt Bearer

bloc
February 4th 2012


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fantastic album. How Black Holes has a higher average than this I will never understand.

DarthMann
February 4th 2012


13815 Comments


black holes has map

johnnydeking29
February 5th 2012


9231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I never got into this much; unintended, escape, uno and muscle museum are all decent tracks, but there's not anything that I liked nearly as much as the highlights from their next three albums

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

DarthMann
February 5th 2012


13815 Comments


sober and muscle do it for me here

iambandersnatch
February 5th 2012


1485 Comments


Don't really get why everyone on sputnik thinks map is so much better than the rest of black holes. There are at least 2-3 other songs on that album that are comparable.

johnnydeking29
February 5th 2012


9231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know, map is great, but exo politics and knights of cydonia are way better

valrus
February 5th 2012


43 Comments


Review is bad.

"one of the biggest and (lets face it) pompous bands" -> "one of the biggest and (let's face it) most pompous bands"

dissapointing, extravagant mess; -> disappointing, extravagant mess,
there stunning live performances -> their stunning live performances
there current status -> their current status
dismissed for being the malevolent and medicore of the Muse albums -> I don't even know what the fuck this is
supposed to mean
do no agree -> do not agree
on par with there other album: -> on par with their other albums.
subtely -> subtlety
sepulchal -> sepulchral
behemothic -> behemoth
it's intro of arpeggiated chords -> its intro of arpeggiated chords
ambiguos -> ambiguous
remanissant -> reminiscent

And that's to say nothing of the fragments and other poorly structured sentences.

jefflebowski
February 5th 2012


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is lacking in the songwriting department

RobbaqPL
February 5th 2012


161 Comments


"Muse are regarded as one of the biggest and (lets face it) pompous bands of the modern era. (...) it can be difficult to remember how they became one of the biggest bands of the modern era."
First paragraph. Always read before posting.

pointlesss
February 9th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm sorry for all the gramatical errors; I'm dyslexic.

valrus
February 18th 2012


43 Comments


Use spell check and get someone to proofread.



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