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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Waaaay too underrated

This album deserves more!!
1 Sunburn- beautiful! Piano and haunting rock chorus 10/10
2 Muscle Museum- amazing rocker with a killer bass 10/10
3. Fillip- can't help but dance. Just wish the chorus ending were a little cleaner 10/10
4. Falling Down- Slow song, fairly decent 9/10
5. Cave- ok this is amazing just buy it 10/10
6. Showbiz- extremely haunting dramatic song that I love to death just buy it already ! 10/10
7. Unintended- another slower more tenderhearted song. Pretty good. 10/10
8. Uno- probably the only track I don't really like. The chorus is just so... Bland. It's the same note over and over and is just not that good... 3/10
9. Sober- It took a long time for the words to stick and it's sounds really 90's but it's really good 9/10
10. Escape- Chris says he though it was underrated and it is. Perfect. 10/10
11. Overdue- kind of forgettable but not bad 7/10
12. Hate this and I'll love you- Kind of exact same as Overdue
Overall 9/10

Don't miss this one

This album is just as amazing as their later stuff, in many way I wish they could bring back some of the "rawness" from this album

If you’re a Muse fan, get it.

For Muse fans, it’s a great album. For others, you should start somewhere else like Black Holes & Revelations or Absolution. As most of you may know, many people tend to hate this album for it’s technical similarities to Radiohead. Particularly the album OK Computer (Though I would say that this sound a lot more like The Bends). And I won’t deny the similarities between the two. However, there aren’t any songs on this album that I would say “rip off” any Radiohead song. And OK Computer is one of the most influential albums in Alternative music so you can’t expect it to not inspire a few bands in their early days. Overall, the album is good. There are some hidden gems on this album that make it very underrated.