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Showbiz [Original recording remastered]

Muse Audio CD
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Energy. The Beach Boys. Twelve-bar blues. The Eighties. Dizziness. Stockbrokers. Thermodynamics. The Olympianideal. Fred Goodwin. Excess. INXS. Beck’s dad. Bellamy’s son…
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  • Audio CD (1 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: East West
  • ASIN: B0000EZII0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,799 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 and I'll Love You

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It's practically impossible to mention Muse without also bringing up Radiohead. Listening to Muse's debut, it's easy to see why. Showbiz was produced by John Leckie, the producer of The Bends, and features the frightfully Yorke-esque choiral falsetto of front-man Matthew Bellamy, running the whole emotional gamut of unhappiness from sincere upset to outright dysfunction. New ground, it's fair to say, remains distinctly unbroken. To Muse's credit, though, they do this angst thing pretty well. "Cave" is a wonderful, terrible epic, replete with rank after rank of bludgeoning guitars, "Muscle Museum" builds up swathes of complex baroque noise, and "Escape"--well, it's a surrogate "No Surprises" with a firework finale, and should keep us ticking over until the next Radiohead album, thank you very much. See? You can't escape the comparison. But at least Showbiz wears it well.--Louis Pattison

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ! 11 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having bought (and loved) the Absolution I read feedback on Showbiz and Origin, promptly bought both and can't believe I've missed this band before.
The range I of this band I think impresses me most. They can go from extremely soft, melodic and tuneful ballards to full on rock within a split second. Their creative talent is astonishing.
I fell out with Radiohead post OK Computer because quite simply they seemed to shun that particular direction and go back to their weird, depressing roots. For many, I acknowledge, Radiohead are tops and I respect that completely. For me, I think Muse represent what I think Radiohead were heading towards.
Anyway, I couldn't recommend all three albums highly enough. I'll be at the front at T in the Park pogoing like a lunatic.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No biz like "Showbiz" 26 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
The current musical trend is retro dance-rock, but Muse completely avoids that for their own brand of orchestral music. 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.
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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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good value for money
Published 4 days ago by Barry
3.0 out of 5 stars CD Case
I absolutely love Showbiz.

I bought it in order to complete my Muse album collection.

However I'm somewhat disappointed with the CD case that was shipped with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diogo Gaspar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Not heard any of the Muse CD's so when this was available so cheaply, I couldn't resist ordering 4 of their Albums.
Published 3 months ago by waveydor
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut album
Ok so I'm going to start by saying that this clearly is not their best album.
However for a debut album it is overwhelmingly good, I might even go to say that even... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nat
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the CD itself, but it was scratched and some tracks didn't play
I owned this cd previously but lost it, so bought on eBay again, delivery and payment was no issue, however, the first couple of tracks on the album did not work.
Published 7 months ago by Glyn Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great muse(ic)
Muse made 3 great CDs before running out of ideas and this is one of them, the other 2 (Absolution and Origin of Symmetry) are as good.
Published 8 months ago by Its Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to start somewere
This is Muse's debut album remastered for a better sound, which it delivers buterfully. The songs may not be as good as some of the later album, but you have to start somewere, and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Earwig
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good tracks
This was purchased as a gift, and went down well. Gets plenty of play both at home and in the car.
Published 10 months ago by winger
4.0 out of 5 stars Muse
It's good if you like Muse!! a local band to me, I felt I should own some of their music!
Published 13 months ago by TRACEY WOODCOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Muse's first album. You can really hear their youth, but while they're young an experimenting, it's a fantastic album nonetheless. Adore 'Falling Down'.
Published 13 months ago by Juliet Blue
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