Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing with printed inner sleeve. Neon Ballroom is the third studio album by Australian post-grunge band Silverchair and was released in 1999. On this album, the band is considered to have reached their maturity, both literally as musically. When Silverchair released their first album, the band members were just 14 years old. By the time they recorded Neon Ballroom they reached the age of 20. Musically, it is leaps and bounds beyond the Australian trio’s two previous efforts Frogstomp and Freakshow. The group’s songwriter, Daniel Johns had been battling personal demons as he attempted to adjust to Silverchair’s sudden success and he poured these experiences into his new batch of songs. Determined to shake the constant musical comparisons that had previously dogged his band, Johns created a truly original sounding album. Fusing heavy rock with orchestral flourishes and synthetic touches with powerfully emotional lyrics, the dark and haunting ‘Neon Ballroom’ was universally acclaimed as a huge creative leap for John and his bandmates.
|Anthem For The Year 2000||4:23|
|Ana’s Song (Open Fire)||3:42|
|Miss You Love||4:00|
|Do You Feel The Same||4:18|
|Black Tangled Heart||4:33|
|Point Of View||3:35|
|Paint Pastel Princess||4:33|
|Steam Will Rise||5:18|
|Emotion Sickness (Video)||6:36|
When the youthful Silverchair first appeared in the landscape-changing wake of NEVERMIND, they were solidly in the Cobain-inspired grunge mold, coming off as young disciples worshipping at the Nirvana altar with little of their own to bring to the Seattle Sound party. In ’99, with Cobain long gone and grunge a distant memory, NEON BALLROOM appeared to be a bridge between Silverchair’s copycat beginnings and a more adventurous future. While the heavy riffs, raspy vocals and Cobainish melodies of yesteryear are still in evidence here, the sound is greatly expanded. From a string section to delicate acoustic passages and even an appearance by classical pianist David Helfgott (of Shine fame), Silverchair works overtime to broaden their sonic horizons.
Silverchair: Daniel Johns (vocals, guitar); Chris Joannou (bass); Ben Gillies (drums). Additional personnel: Sweep (vocals); John Harding, Fiona Ziegler, Carl Pini, Alexandra D’Elia, Leni Ziegler, Emma Hayes, George Lentz (violin); Jane Scarpantoni, Leah Jennings (cello); Jane Rosenson (harp); David Helfgott, Robert Woolf, Chris Abrahams (piano); Jim Moginie (keyboards); The New South Wales Public School Singers.