I realize from the sheer volume of reviews, that a variety of points of view have already been introduced, but too many of them have been negative, for my liking.
I think this album is yet another incarnation of the indespensible versatility of this band. Each song is crafted in a way that hits home with me, whether emotionally or on a tonal level, in a way that few albums with popularity can hope to accomplish.
Some say they "went pop" but I just find this a clever way to leave their own imprint on pop...to twist it or perhaps pervert it, I could say, to their image. And that's a main reason I love it.
From the industrial faux-rap aimed at their hopeless deniers, right through to the very last, subtly spooky and mournful track, this album moves from place to place with the greatest of ease and grace.
They cover pop such as the delightful "Androgeny" and the snappy "Untouchable" and the irresistible "Cherry Lips (Go Baby, Go!), heavy metal/power pop with the painfully honest "Silence Is Golden" and "Parade", and heartbreakingly keen balladry such as the subtle songs "Cup Of Coffee" and "Drive You Home", the latter of which provoking my tears each time I listen to it.
Anyone who has misinterperated this album, really must give it a chance to unearth the true extent of its genius and cleverness.
One of the best albums of 2001. I can't wait to see Garbage's next incarnation.