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Best Debut Ever?,
This review is from: Showbiz [Eastwest Release] (Audio CD)What do you get if you combine the melodies and the music skills of Radiohead with the energy and passion of Nirvana.
The answer : Muse
Showbiz is the debut album of what will surely soon be one of the biggest bands of all time. Muse's first album is brilliant and is easily one of the best debut albums ever.
A soft beautiful piano melody begins, singer Matt Bellamy starts singing dark lyrics about "Guilty conscience grows". Suddenly we are thrown into the undeniably epic chorus, where Bellamy screams "AND SHE BURNS LIKE THE SUN", then we notice the excellent bass work of Chris Wolsetenholme and the powerful drums of Dom Howard. Welcome to the world Of Muse.
2:Muscle Museum: 10/10
Possibly the best song on the album, Muscle Museum starts with a great little guitar riff, backed by a groovy bass part. The lyrics are particuliarly great and there is a strong theme of wanting to escape your surroundings. Suddenly we are thrown into the powerful chorus, which has every bit of passion and anger that any band has had in the last decade. The final guitar solo, which is a strange mix of guitar and bellamy's distorted voice, is just about the mosty epic thing imaginable.
While it's one of the worst tracks on the album, Filip is by no means a bad track, but just feels more like normal pop music than most of Muse other songs. The chorus, while still poppy, is very cathy and fun to listen to.
4:Falling Down: 9/10
A soft moving piano driven song, with a slightly bluesy feel to it. The lyrics seem to be about Muse wanting to leave their hometown.
A very catchy, yet heavy, rock song. It has a poppy tune, with great guitar work and the chorus is undeniably epic. Suddenly it all goes quiet, before building into possibly the best guitar riff on the whole album.
Showbiz starts with a simple drumbeat, which bellamy starts to sing moving lyrics over. The general tune of the song is incredibly simple, but as it slowly builds throughout the song it turns into something startlingly epic. In the end Bellamy is screaming at the top of his lungs over another excellent guitar riff.
A simple acoustic love song with beautiful lyrics and a moving chorus.
It starts with the sound of a car revving up. Suddenly muse enter the fray. Uno is a mini epic, with great lyrics and a powerful chorus. But then i suppose that seems to be a granted for all muse songs.
A brilliant rock song with a cool chorus and some absolutely amazing guitar riffs.
A slow but good song overlooked by many Muse fans about wanting to escape.
Again, Overdue is overlooked by many muse fans, as it is slightly forgettable in comparison to some of their other songs. It has a very pop/rock type feel, and a theme of someone feeling neglected.
12:Hate This And I'll Love You: 9.5/10
It starts with the sounds of crickets and birds. Suddenly it begins, with Bellamy singing his usual moving and epic lyrics. Suddenly the amazing epic chorus begins "I was born to destroy you". Hate This And I'll Love You is an amazing epic ending to an amazing epic album. Fitting really.
Showbuz is a fantastic debut that is an essential buy for anyone into alternate rock. While it has some faults, it is overall a great album with some killer tunes. However, possibly the greatest thing about it is that, while it is undeniably excellent, it is improved on by every muse album to date.