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RS: 3of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4.5of 5 Stars


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When Silverchair wrap up their mopey opening track with the words "lessons learned," it's hard to suppress a sigh at the overt lyrical reference to Kurt Cobain's "Dumb." But Australia's answer to Nirvana are going through some changes: Silverchair's third album, Neon Ballroom, wants to prove that this grungeling power trio has continued to mature since it first began to experiment, with 1997's Freak Show. The problem is that the kids can't decide what they want to do when they grow up. Ballroom tries on a shopful of options: the ranting grind-core of "Spawn Again" and the punk thrash of "Satin Sheets"; the stadium-ready heavy metal of the first single, "Anthem for the Year 2000"; the lavish orchestration of "Emotion Sickness,'' which includes David Helfgott (the schizophrenic classical pianist who inspired the film Shine) on keyboards. Some songs work, such as the silvery power ballad "Ana's Song (Open Fire)." Others, like "Black Tangled Heart" (think "Black Hole Sun" meets "Heart-Shaped Box"), with its turgid, midtempo Weltschmerz, are just a bad fit. All in all, Neon Ballroom is about what you'd expect from a young band going through its awkward stage. (RS 808)


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AutumnShadeIII writes:

5of 5 Stars

This CD is absolutely amazing in all aspects. Best we've seen since "In Utero" in my opinion. I also did some lyrical research and it's not actually "Lessons Learned" at the end of Emotion Sickness it's "Lessons Learnt". There's even words after he says that too, but it's nearly inaudible, but he says "Corrosive Head Pollution". This album is a great mesh of Grunge and Orchestral arrangements. Songs like "Satin Sheets" and "Spawn Again" even have some electronic effects in them. I despise the fact that people strike down Silverchair because the music is similar to those of grunge artists before them. Just because you have a song called "Black Tangled Heart" doesn't mean you should justify it as a wanna be nirvana/soundgarden song. It's disgusting. I could listen to this album over and over, definintely a must have. It's definitely an album that will suck you in. The highlights of the album are "Emotion Sickness" "Anas Song" "Satin Sheets" and "Steam Will Rise". Definitely an album to add to the collection. ~Bret~

Aug 11, 2006 13:47:48

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