Version 2.0 (Audio Cassette) Import
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Japanese edition of their 1998 & second album with 'Lick ThePavement' & 'Thirteen' added as bonus tracks. 14 tracks total, also featuring the single 'Push It'. A Mushroom/ BMG release.
It's not that Garbage is doing anything particularly new. At times, singer Shirley Manson borrows Chrissie Hynde's phrasing, Patti Smith's rock beat poetry, and Brian Wilson's chorus from "Don't Worry Baby." But producer Butch Vig provides a modern sheen to Version 2.0 that makes it sound fresh and distinctly modern. Purists may blanch--the album is a hybrid of rock guitars, dance rhythms, and pop choruses--but songs such as "I Think I'm Paranoid" (a rip of Elastica) and "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" (Depeche Mode, without the chill) sound great no matter what they're called. --Keith Moerer --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Sidelining -- although not totally adbandoning -- their grittier roots was a shrewd choice in the 90s, when a long attention span was hard to find. Garbage is still in all of their glory here -- the insane guitar riffs and acidic lyrics are intact. Here, it's just done better. They take the guitar riffs and skewer them until they're nearly indistinguishable, they take Manson's growl and strecth it out to elastic proportions. Such intense experimentation is usually suicidal -- here, it's more like a steroid shot to an ailing genre. Perhaps the most effective revelation on 2.0 was the full-on implementation of technopop. It's everywhere here -- in between the beats of the punk chorus in "I Think I'm Paranoid," backing the ingeniously distorted guitars of "Push It." Garbage didn't only write the book on crossover alternative pop/rock, they have it memorized and, for all intents and purposes, copywritten.Read more ›
1.Temptation Waits- I don't really think that this was the best way to start the ablum, I don't think any of these tracks are good openers, except maybe When I Grow Up. The song is really not a gem, but worth listening to.
2. I Think I'm Paranoid- A favorite of mine, I think the way they did the chorus was excellent, it sounds rather angsty.
3. When I Grow Up- This song makes me laugh. It's that funny. It's a good song though.
4. Medication- This song starts off really slow then the chorus is a little faster. It's an interesting song but you can get tired of it after a while.
5. Special- This song was nominated for a Grammy. I've actually grown to like this song a bit better, but it's not a favorite.
6. Hammering In My Head- This song is angst-like. It's an amazing track. Shirley sounds very impressing when, about halfway into the song she breaks into "You should be sleping alone..."
7. Push It- This song starts out really funny, like music you'd hear at a circus. It's really good and has many parts- you'll see what I mean when you hear the song.
8. The Trick Is To Keep Breathing- This song is good but after a while it gets rather dull. It is a depressing song, but it's good.
9. Dumb- This is a really good track, rather unique, but it's not really a track that will get stuck in your head. It's worth a spin.
10. Sleep Together- This song surprised me. Who ever thoguht Garbage would do something so bold? The song is actually quite good, and is a high point in the album.Read more ›
"Garbage", the band`s debut, was already an excellent alternative rock/ techno-dance/ trip-hop masterpiece, and this second offering is as good if not better. "Version 2.0." provides a more polished and refined sound, presenting an ultra-developed production and multilayered songs full of different and hypnotic textures. There`s not a single bad moment here, each song is unique and distinct with a feel and mood of its own, and these twelve truly make for an astounding and mesmerizing collection.
Although this record is a bit more pop-oriented than the debut, it`s nonetheless challenging and innovative, miles above the usual and predictable artists who are constantly on MTV and most radio stations and give pop a bad reputation.
"Version 2.0." carries a futuristic and original atmosphere, full of electronic elements that create complex and detailed songs which deliver something new with each listen. And there`s also the stunning, sexy and gripping voice of offbeat diva Shirley Manson, captivating and complelling.
The best moments include the subtle and perfect trip-hop ballad "The Trick is to Keep Breathing", the weird and unusual breakbeat/spoken-word/techno in "Hammering in My Head", the chaotic and energic dance number "Dumb" or the haunting, gothic, ethereal and tender "You Look So Fine". It`s hard to choose the highlights here, since each song is an addictive and superior work of art on its own.
"Version 2.0." proves that Garbage are simply one of the most challenging and vital bands around, producing two masterpieces in a row.Read more ›
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Well I should say this band is innovative with a techno edge! It is indeed one of the greatest bands in the 90s...Published on Aug. 28 2011 by Tang T. Yu
solid riffs, high energy, and powerful vocal delivery from Shirley Manson. I did not think much of their other albums, but they hit the nail on the head with this one. Read morePublished on May 14 2007 by Ndt
SO AMAZING, I JUST CANT BE;LIEVE IT.. EVERY SONG ON THIS CD JUST MAKES ME.... I DUNNO YOU KNOW THAT FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU HEAR A REALLT GOOD SONG, AND YOUR HEART KINDA JUMPS. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2006
To think that, at first, I didn't particularly care for this one...but one day, the brilliance struck me, and this has become one of my favourite albums ever. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Beketaten
Version 2.0~ Garbage is just irreverant as the first album. However, the songs are better and a bit varied compared to the first album. Shirley sounds better on this album. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by B. Viberg
This is almost as good as the debut album if not better, the diffrence is that the sound had become a bit more poppier and happy, a little more techno influented too on... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Josephll
This album is literally perfect. One could go on forever about the subtle nuances in the immaculate production of the album, but even more outstanding is the quality of the... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by CEN
I purchased Version 2.0 a while back ago because I thought that Garbage was a rather unique group in the alternative/rock genre. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by null
This album still has the great vocals, and the rock and techno combination. So whats the big difference between this and their self- titled album? Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by guitarchick