Neon Ballroom

Neon Ballroom

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by Silverchair
     
 

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When Australia's Silverchair first surfaced in 1995, they were 15-year-old kids in love with that American magic we call alternative rock. Even though critics scoffed at their platinum-plated success, it was hard to truly revile a bunch of high-school tykes living out every writer's secret rock 'n' roll fantasy before they were even old enough to buy a beer. Their

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When Australia's Silverchair first surfaced in 1995, they were 15-year-old kids in love with that American magic we call alternative rock. Even though critics scoffed at their platinum-plated success, it was hard to truly revile a bunch of high-school tykes living out every writer's secret rock 'n' roll fantasy before they were even old enough to buy a beer. Their third album, NEON BALLROOM, successfully offers up healthy servings of the many flavors of alt-rock circa 1999: "Anthem for the Year 2000" is a punky call to arms that turns premillennial tension into an excuse for teen liberation. "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" is a tender, triumphant ballad just begging for a teen flick worthy of its melodramatic grace. "Spawn Again" rages against the machine, "Miss You Love" woos like Dave Matthews, and the ornate "Emotion Sickness" goes after American heartstrings by featuring the keyboard work of David Helfgott, the Australian virtuoso who inspired the movie "Shine." But even if Silverchair are a bit schizophrenic in their pursuit of alt-rock legitimacy, they call up the bands they love like a human jukebox, and each new performance is as convincing as the last.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
Silverchair's third full-length release is a confusing affair that reveals a band more talented than their critics realized and more confused than their fans could tolerate. The Australian trio never made any secret of their respect for Nirvana, and on Neon Ballroom Silverchair does one of the best impersonations of their Seattle counterparts on record. It would be easy to convince any Kurt Cobain fan that "Spawn Again" and "Dearest Helpless" are actually In Utero outtakes, and quite good ones at that! When the weepy ballads, like the Goo Goo Dolls-esque "Miss You Love," pull Neon Ballroom into an overtly radio-friendly direction, all the promise of a gritty grunge tribute fades, and Silverchair appears to be serving two masters. The resultingly incongruent musical textures stifled Neon Ballroom and assured a certain amount of fan disenchantment despite the minor airplay success of "Ana's Song (Open Fire)." There are still enough nice moments on this CD to recommend it to even casual fans of the Aussie outfit. Those who had enough of Silverchair when modern rock radio played their mid-'90s hits to death need not concern themselves with this mixed effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646981641
catalogNumber:
69816

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Silverchair   Primary Artist
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Rob Woolf   Piano
Daniel Johns   Guitar,Vocals
Ben Gillies   Drums
Chris Abrahams   Piano
Fiona Ziegler   Violin
Leoni Ziegler   Violin
John Harding   Violin
Chris Joannou   Bass Guitar
Sweep   Vocals
David Helfgott   Piano
Emma Hayes   Violin
Leah Jennings   Cello

Technical Credits

Greg Bennett   Artwork
Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer
Larry Muhoberac   Piano Arrangement
Peter Ward   Live Crew
Jane Scarpantoni   Arranger
Rich Alvy   Contributor
Kevin Wilkins   Art Direction
Daniel Johns   Composer,Concept
John Watson   Art Direction
Melissa Chenery   Art Direction
Hugh Taranto   Live Crew

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Neon Ballroom 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit: When I first heard this album, I was disappointed due to its lack of heaviness. There are only 3 heavy songs on the disc. But something strange began to happen as I gave this album a few more listens. It began to grow on me. I mean really grow on me! This is a near perfect alum, and the way Silverchair meshes their new style with the complex orchestral arrangements are very impressive. This album with make you angry, sad, and everything inbetween. Standouts include: Emotion Sickness, Anna Song, and Spawn Again. Not like their other releases, but do you really want them to recycle there old releases?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard silverchair I knew they had real talent. And this album proves it. This CD is the best CD I've ever bought. It has something for everyone.It has it's heavy tracks,like Anthem for the year 2000 and Spawn Again,but it also has some really different stuff,like emotion Sickness,which has a really cool orchestra in it and David Helfgott on the piano.I strongly recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss You Love... wow... this is the song i've been waiting for. i mean WOW! Anthem for the year 2000 is great, the bridge is excellent. This is the first time i've heard silverchair-- but i'm getting the album. There are still tears on my face from Miss You Love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my humble opinion, this album is the most amazing and original sice the Beach Boys's Pet Sounds. Emotion Sickness will make you feel loved, and like you know nothing at the same time. Best song on the album, though, is Black Tangled Heart. The beauty of the layering of all of those instruments is amazing. Daniel John's voice make my hair stand on end (especially on Steam Will Rise) If you like the Britney Spears' of the world, stay way-this is music at it's finest, not meaningless pop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is full of emotion. you can almost feel the pain within the lyrics as daniel sings from his heart. the songs on this cd involve situations that people can relate to. the lyrics actually mean something, compared to the other rock acts that came out the same year who only talked about beating some people up and how many groupies they have. the boys in silverchair definitely know how to make good music