Frogstomp Review

artist: Silverchair date: 07/02/2005 category: compact discs
Silverchair: Frogstomp
Released: Jun 20, 1995
Genre: Rock
Styles: Alternative Pop/Rock, Grunge, Post-Grunge
Number Of Tracks: 11
Silverchair's debut album, Frogstomp, faithfully follows the alternative rock tradition of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, which means that the group of Australian teenagers winds up sounding not like their idols, but like Stone Temple Pilots and Bush.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 8.7
Frogstomp Reviewed by: DazzaSchwings, on july 02, 2005
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Sound: Whether you were still mourning the death of Kurt Cobain or following the endeavours of Pearl Jam, it is impossible to forget the honest, clear and aggressive cries of Silverchair's debut album Frogstomp. What amazes most about Frogstomp is not the brilliance of the album: it is the simple fact that many of the featured songs were written when the boys were a tender fourteen years old. Frogstomp revealed a maturity about Silverchair, particulary in the singing and songwriting of frontman Daniel Johns, which has yet to be equally matched in any teenage rock outfit since it's release. However, the album alone produces some memorable sounds. The guitars sound embracingly distorted, the drums crash and smash with absolute thunder and Daniel Johns voice sounds as if he could be in his mid-twenties. Many of the tunes are catchy and 'Tomorrow' was one of the biggest selling Australian singles of all time, making number one on the 'Triple J Hottest 100'. Possibly the best song on the album is the overwhelming 'Isreal's Son': an angry anthem of hate which reaches it's climax with several gutteral screams from Johns in a moment which can only be described as rock and roll gold. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrical side of Frogstomp is promising. It is pleasing to note that there are no corny teenage witcisms about being "Skater Dudes," which is usually the case with most young artists (think Avril Lavinge's "Sk8er Boi") and some of the lyrics contain some substance. In particular "Isreal's Son" and "Faultline" create powerful images. "Faultline" was inspired by the famous Newcastle earthquake and tells the story of separated friends who are unable to be united by the earthquake. Unlike John's later lyrical style, which at times can be oblique, the lyrics on Frogstomp are honest and simple. However, John's sometimes struggles to say anything in some of his songs. This is particularly evident in the slower "Shade" where John's comments: "If you're abused, find someone to help you" and then goes on to blantantly say "Don't go hiding in the shade." These minor glitches do not taint the overall effect of the album // 8

Overall Impression: Overall, Frogstomp is a terrific album. The songs do not become tiresome or simplistic after many listens. The initial amazement does not wear off and the album offers much playback. The songs link and tie in greatly with one another. It is better not to think of this album as grunge as it offers so much more than that. It is an example of a classic album by a great Australian band. // 10

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overall: 10
Frogstomp Reviewed by: pablohoney1983, on february 27, 2005
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Sound: Yes, this is the CD with the green frog on the cover. Most of you probably remember the song "Tomorrow" by the lyrics "You're gonna wait 'til, fat boy, fat boy, wait 'til tomorrow." And some of you even probably wondered what the hell happened to that band. Well, this Aussie trio, led by Daniel Johns, has actually had 3 much less successful follow-ups to this album. Fact is, frontman Daniel Johns, perhaps overcome by rock stardom at the tender age of 16, became anorexic (as referenced in "Ana's Song" on a later album). Nevertheless, this album was very similar in sound to the grunge movement of its time, but it was also decidedly distinct in style, and the mature-sounding vocals of 16 year old Johns were deep and soothing compared to his raspier counterparts in Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Zach de la Rocha (Rage), and the late great Lane Staley (Alice in Chains), to name a few. Just listen to the song "Shade" to get an idea of what I mean. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are very mature for having been written by a 16 year old, and often biblical, as can be heard in track 1, "Israel's Son." Overall, some of the lyrics are admittadly ambiguous and predictable in terms of a rock/grunge album, but the lyrics are not really what count on this particular album. However, the lyrics on the seventh track, "Suicidal Dream," surely make up for any of the generic rock lyrics the album may contain. This is a creepy and disturbing account of teenage angst at its finest, and it makes me long for the days when Avril Lavigne, Ashley Simpson and Good Charlotte were not the all-encompassing voice of adolescent discontent. // 10

Overall Impression: Overall, this is one of the great 90's albums, and I don't believe it got the attention it deserved. It is excellent from start to finish, dynamic in sound, and original. Its stand-out tracks are "Israel's Son," "Suicidal Dream," "Tomorrow," and "Shade," however every song is good. There is no filler to be found on this album, and it is a shame that fame got to Daniel Johns, otherwise we might still be talking about Silverchair as one of the great bands out there. I would buy this album again if I lost it, and I would have to recommend buying it or downloading each and every track. // 10

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