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Cool, calculating, and Euro-trashy in the grand tradition of Roxy Music and the Eurythmics. --Jeff Bateman --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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The album opens with the punky, spiteful "Supervixen" -- a grand first impression of catty frontwoman Shirley Manson, who was all fluoresecent red hair and skin-tight leather. The song's herky-jerky, stop-go style is immediately engaging, and the ripping guitar riffs recall peak-era 80s new wave. Manson shows a more introspective lyrical and vocal style on the second track, "Queer," and even concots an immortal anthem while begging for antidepressants on "Only Happy When It Rains." She emulates pre-"Eat to the Beat" Debbie Harry on the metallic "Not My Idea" and mimics the wailing pensiveness of the Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan [now Burton] on "Fix Me Now" while still sounding like herself: a gothic, artsy chick. She even performs a self-exorcism in the rueful, brilliant "Stupid Girl."
Garbage truly covers all the bases here, and their to-and-fro musical style doesn't sound dated, even today, 9 years later. They still carry the same spark and playful attitude they did years ago, and cross the line of rock to pop so often and so smoothly (and so much better than the crossover bands of today) that it's almost dizzying. Always familiar, always sarcastic, and always effective, Garbage will prove to be one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
Anyway, the main reason for buying this album again (as most Garbage fans will already own it) is the second bonus disc, which is excellent & almost strong enough to be a studio album in it’s own right, in fact “subhuman” & a cover of the Jam’s “Butterfly Collector” would have fitted quite nicely on the original record. The rest of the songs on the Bonus disc have a more dance feel to them, being B-sides this band probably felt that they could be a bit more experimental with their sound.
The original album has really stood the test of time, with that great slightly dominatrix theme to some of the songs (no wonder Shirley Manson has such a large male following) & still holds up in a male dominated music scene.
So if you’re a big fan of Garbage you’re gonna want to buy this two-disc version of the album, but if your new to the band, I’d advise you buy the old version of the album, the sound quality great & it’s considerable cheaper.
The beginning song starts off the album perfectly with lyrics about obsession, ego, and cyncical self-awareness...then follows into endless highlights such as the smoothy penetrating "Queer"...and continues on and on to form an album you might never have imagined could be so consistantly, jaw-droppingly brilliant in its edge, wit, and melodic span.
Songs like "Stupid Girl", "Stroke of Luck", and "As Heaven Is Wide" are unstoppable and just as satisfying with repeated listening.
At the end of this tale of self-deprication, self-examination and sly remarks on the state of society's conciousness as a whole, is a touching song, "Milk", filled with the culmination of the fragility, tenderness and sensitivity barely in sight all along. In it are knowing apologies and a call for redemption.
I can continually relate to this effort, and I reccomend each successive album for taking this sort of brilliance in a new direction.
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This is one of my favourite albums of the 90's. I am mesmerized every time I put it on. The sound quality leaves me a little confused. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Seeker
...love this CD. Strong thoughout. Unique blend of rock and techno/pop elements. Probably my favorite Garage CD, but I dig them All. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Mike Stone
Garbage~ Garbage is an irreverant album with stupid lyrics. But musically it is ok even though it has definite freshman feel to it. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by B. Viberg
I've had this cd for a long time now, obviously, but thought I would right a review since its one of my favorite cds. It really is worth the money, and I guarantee you'll enjoy it. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Ziggita
This was Garbage's debut album. With the fourth album coming out any time now, this is the time to look back and listen to the debut. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Mary
After this album and "Push IT", the Garbage musik became Garbage...I don't understand why they change their depress mad attitude for sappy snappy happy good relatioships love,... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by S. Quinto
Garbage's selftitled debut album is really one of the best and most influentual rock albums of the 90's. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Josephll
Unlike the more recent <i>Beautiful Garbage</i> (also fun), this album is all about the rock, and I like rock. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Amy