Showbiz

Showbiz

by Muse
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Showbiz

The musical touchstone for the British trio Muse is obviously Radiohead and that fact is crystal clear from the smoldering opening cut, "Sunburn." Their John Leckie-produced debut, Showbiz, is strong on angst-filled vocals, esoteric lyrics, and dramatic shifts in sonic dynamics. Hailing from rural England, singer/guitarist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and drummer Dominic Howard average 20 years of age, so there's plenty of potential for them to grow into a sound that is more of their own. In the meantime, Bellamy does an impressive job of aping the quirky, nervous vocal tic of Thom Yorke on songs like the mid-tempo, Mellotron-driven "Muscle Museum," and he cuts loose vocally on the soaring "Cave" and on the lovely, mournful ballad "Unintended." Showbiz hints at the potential in this young band, and it should be of interest to many Radiohead fans.

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Release Date: 09/28/1999
Label: Maverick
UPC: 0093624738220
catalogNumber: 47382
Rank: 17940

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Showbiz 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply beautifull! I never heard anything like this since Radiohead's
Guest More than 1 year ago
Muse is amazing. I don't think they have a song that I don't like, and if you like this cd, you should buy origins of symmetry and absolution too. They are definately one of the best bands out today, and they are even better live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, the best way I can describe this group is to compare them to Radiohead (which is what too many reviewers have done to this group). This is a very promising debut album, and I can't wait to hear more from this group and to see how they grow. ''Muscle Museum'' has become my #2 all time favorite song (right behind REM's ''E-Bow, The Letter).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been sitting around whining about how nothing good has come out in sooo long and how everything is 'alternateen' garbage now with the exception of a few bands. But I am so lucky I found this. MUSE is the greatest thing that has come out in a very long while and if you are looking for something new, I highly recommend it. This is the best album I bought last year (except for Kid A, although I never thought these guys sounded like Radiohead until my friends said it). A must have for anyone who remembers when alternative music was really alternative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i know that everyone compares them to radiohead or the smashing pumpkins but every band has it's influences, and i think that Muse has great influences! They also definitley have a style of their own and an amazing style at that. intense, darkly rich songs full of passion and rage...very sexy...musically this album has so much to offer and matthew bellamy's voice fits the haunting sound of the music perfectly! some of my favorite tracks include, ''cave'', ''sunburn'', ''unintended'', ''overdue'', ''muscle museum''...it's all great, once you hear the album you'll immediately want to play it again and again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great minor key music. Depeche baby and still mourning my alternative roots.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band Kicks Ass. Loved the songs "Sunburn" "Muscle Museum" and "Cave." My fav.
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