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Muse Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B00001SIES
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,880 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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UK rockers' debut album includes "Muscle Museum" and "Unintended".

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Debut. 27 July 2003
By Snapman
Format:Audio CD
Showbiz is the debut album from Muse, which was marred by comparisons to Radiohead upon it's release. Whilst similiarities to Radiohead are visable throughout Showbiz, especially in Matt Bellamy falsetto vocals, this stands as a good album in it's own right.
The album gets off to a brilliant start, with two of Muses finest tracks - Sunburn and Muscle Museum - kicking off proceedings. But after this, things cool off a bit with the OK Fillip, and fairly average Falling Down, which never really achieves what it wants to do.
The middle of the album has a great run of songs. The heavy claustraphobic guitars of Cave, which then goes into the fantastic title track Showbiz, with it's pounding drums and forboding repetetive lyrics, which all comes to a thrilling climax in the final minute. Then comes Unintended, a beautiful ballad, followed by Uno, a short track in similar style to Cave. Sadly, the album starts to lose it's way after this point.
Sober is a track which does nothing to help Matt Bellamys voice, and quickly begins to irritate. Escape then follows, which promises to be something great, but fails to get to the point and never delivers. Then 2 minute Overdue kicks in, a track which features lazy lyrics, and fails to shine when compared to other tracks on the album.
The album closes with the wonderful Hate This & I'll Love You, which builds up into a brilliant climax, and is a fitting end to the album.
Showbiz is a good album, with some fantastic songs on it that sadly lacks consistancy. The trio of Sober, Escape & Overdue really hurt the album, and would have been better as B-Sides, and some of the b-sides (such as Host and Spiral Static) would have filled these places much better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I vaguely knew Unintended from the radio but had almost no idea who Muse were until friends recommended the album and I went out and bought it. Started off thinking it was a bit weird with some good songs, but not the best album - now its my absolute favourite! The melodies and harmonies are often unexpected, but so good that they make anything else seem boring. As someone who had heard no Radiohead material before listening to Muse, i can see the comparison, but would encourage you to ignore it - the songs are great in their own right, especially as they have an overall optimism that Radiohead lack. They always cheer me up! :)
Matt Bellamy does the vocals, piano and guitar, and the underlying tunes in the quieter parts are lovely as well as non-standard. The thing i like is the way most of the songs flip between quiet and introspective, to loud and angry, and the best songs are definitely Unintended and Sunburn - the second one just has a brilliant piano part. I'm not personally that angst-ridden, but the lyrics are worth it just for the rhythm they provide, and the sound of Matt Bellamy's voice in falsetto is wonderfully pure, but still a bit distorted. The last one, Hate this and I'll love you, is sung so honestly and with genuine emotion that i find myself empathising with Matt!
Basically, this is an amazing album that i could listen to forever, without a poor song on it - every one is unique in comparison with the others. And once you've heard this, you have to go out and buy Origin of Symmetry just to go with it! Although it's not 'quite' as good...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Numero Uno album by Muse 28 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am an owner of all Muse albums - other than their limited release debut EP's. There is this (Showbiz), Origin of Symmetry, Hullabaloo (Soundtrack), and Absolution. It is Absolution that brought the world wide acclaim. But this album, released originally in 1999 shows why they were kicking up a storm in the smaller venues around south England. The album captivates the audience entirely. Piano and guitar, drums and bass, it all clicks together well. Some songs like Muscle Museum heavy chorus' and lighter verses. Some songs like 'Falling Down' show the other side to Muse, beautiful songs and wonderful lyrics and 'Falling Down' particularly shows off Matt's voice and its range. Never a bad note in this album. Each song has its own worth. 'Cave' shows both sides of Muse's talents with heavy powerful song and piano in other parts to contrast.
If you are a new-ish fan of Muse through Absolution you should try this as there are no bad songs on this album. 'Showbiz' as a song is my own favourite followed closely by 'Sunburn' and 'Unintended'. This album is definately a more raw sound to it than Absolution and sounds absolutely brilliant. Still the best Muse album to date.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome 23 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
Muse's debut album is stunning. The CD is still in my multi-changer after all these years. With every new album comes more and more surprise. This is without a doubt one of the best debut albums of the 90's - hands down.
The band consists of three lads from Devon, and together they create music which is unique and captivating. They are often compared to Radiohead by many, but in my opinion, they are a sound all of their own. Matt is brilliant on both keyboard and guitar, a very talented musician, as are Dom and Chris. Together they create the perfect team, that will create great music together in years to come.
I highly recommend this album. Test it with your toes and within the first song you'll be diving into Muse.
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