Beautiful Garbage

Beautiful Garbage

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At a time when everyone else seems to be desperate to show off the depths of their rage, Shirley Manson -- who's no stranger to hissy and pissy moods -- has taken the opposite approach. On Garbage's third album, Manson and family get in touch with their collective tender side, winnowing out a bit of the bitterness on their first two…  See more details below

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At a time when everyone else seems to be desperate to show off the depths of their rage, Shirley Manson -- who's no stranger to hissy and pissy moods -- has taken the opposite approach. On Garbage's third album, Manson and family get in touch with their collective tender side, winnowing out a bit of the bitterness on their first two discs and replacing it with quiet introspection and, believe it or not, even a little sweetness and light. The quartet are better at conveying the former, as they do in the ambient haze of "Nobody Loves You," which harks back to late-period Blondie, and the trip-hop-tinged "Cup of Coffee," where Manson handles a breakup with a subtle tear, rather than an angry jeer. The distorto-guitar crunch that bubbled under most of Version 2.0 is largely gone, replaced by a skittering six-string delivery that recalls the halcyon days of new wave ("Parade") and vintage hard rock (the stop-start "Shut Your Mouth"). Manson herself shows some newfound dexterity as well, laconically layering girl-group harmonies on "Can't Cry Those Tears" and slipping into torch song mode on the breathy "So Like a Rose," which slithers along with Dido-styled élan. Some folks might be put off by the lack of histrionics, but given a chance to work its magic, Beautifulgarbage proves that a band can lose its bark without losing its bite.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The great thing about Garbage -- the thing that nobody wants to mention -- is that they are veterans, from frontwoman Shirley Manson to the three studio pros who play the instruments. They slogged through the trenches of alt-rock in the '80s, whether it was in the U.S. or the U.K., and they came together at the precise moment in the '90s when they could fashion modern-sounding music with a keen eye to the present and modern. They consciously picked up elements from shoegazing, trip-hop, and indie rock -- anything sonically interesting in the underground, crafting them together with skill and a keen commercial eye. On their third record, Beautiful Garbage, that's more evident than ever, from how they approximate contemporary R&B with the sultry "Androgyny," or the Minneapolis new wave bubblegum funk of "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)," or the bluesy PJ Harvey strut of "Silence Is Golden." It's all the more evident because this has a shiny, sugary, unabashedly pop coating, an element that Garbage clearly revel in, as well as should the listener. This is every bit as enticingly postmodern as their other albums, and it sounds distinctly Garbage -- there are elements of My Bloody Valentine crashing up against Tricky, post-Madchester dance, jangle pop, goth stance, and classic pop -- but they seem less like magpies, more themselves, which means Beautiful Garbage is a more consistent record. It's unlikely to storm the charts like their first two records, especially since there aren't standout singles like on the earlier albums, but overall the record works better, perhaps their best album.
Billboard - Michael Paoletta
Those approaching Beautifulgarbage expecting more of the same...are in for a wonderful surprise.

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Release Date:
10/02/2001
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949311520
catalogNumber:
493115
Rank:
26941

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Beautiful Garbage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome cd with a new techno attitude, it is a pure album showing that a group can't be just one way forever. This cd adds a feeling of well balanced music and lyrical genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome, just awesome. Perfect for all the garbage nuts out there, and just as good for the rest of the population.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BY FAR the best garbage cd yet. And one of the best cds of all time. an even better mix of noise and good 'ol faishoned rocknroll! if you dont have this cd, BUY IT!! or you could just download a song first, but... Summary: IT KICKS MAJOR BUTT
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garbage's latest release, ''Beautifulgarbage'', steps outside of the realm of ''v2.0'' as far as ''V2.0'' strayed from thier debut release. With Garbage always exploring new musical territory, it leaves fans always guessing ''what's next?'' In typical form, they don't let thier fans down. Don't expect the sound you heard in ''v2.0'', rather expect the unexpected and you will be more than pleasantly surprised. The band is musically and lyrically tight. This is, as the album states, Beautifulgarbage. Buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great music, very Beatles like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down the best rock album this year. Drive you home is probably the best track on the whole disc. Buy this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What makes Garbage so great is their uniqueness. There is no other band out there that's anything like them. They're awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Garbage has managed to take depression to a good side. Emotional songs with powerful meanings this album has long been awaited.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could you beleive that they would be able to top even their last album? Quite obviously, they did. There's no stopping them. With the use of tech/electronica, Garbage has definitly taken it to the next level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to my local record store today and to my surprise, they had two copies of Beautiful Garbage! It isn't supposed to be released until October 2nd! This is a fantastic album! It should definately get Album Of The Year. I consider this album as my band-aid from the wound Bjork's new CD caused me. I was really surprised to see in the liner notes that it took them over a year to write and record this record. You can clearly see that they put a lot of hard work into it to make it perfect. Simply brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is impossible to listen to her voice and not think of sex. This is one fantastic album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
three on a match... three strikes and you're out... three's a crowd... whoever came up with those lines should give a listen to garbage's third album. Three times IS a charm! Beautiful Garbage is a beautiful well-crafted lush, exotic change of pace for this band which has talent to match it's musical muscle. Finally a record for our time that doesn't sound like it was made at ''pop-mart''. Standout tracks include the first single ''androgeny'', the energetic ''shut your mouth'' and the soon to be classic ''cherry lips (go baby go, go)'' If you are a fan you'll truly love this. If you like the material girl's new stuff, get ready to find out where she got it from. If teen pop is your beverage of choice, its time to try a stiff drink of beautiful garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album consists of everything you could ever need; rock, pop, and that hint of r&b all in one stylish album. Highly Recommended..their best album yet
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that entire album rocked in a hardcore fashion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
beautifulgarbage - Garbage One of the few albums worth reviewing this year is the much anticipated follow-up to the group's brilliant, Grammy-nominated Version 2.0. On their third try out, Garbage presents us with an interesting group of songs--but one that lacks the cohesion musically and lyrically of its predecessors. Gone, by and large, are the hard, Gothic, techno/rock beats that so defined Version 2.0. No speaks of vampires, drug addiction, mental illness, or sullen, unrequited love that made their previous effort my favorite ''downer'' disc of the last half-decade. Here Mason and family branch out stylistically into different types of essentially pop music. The album's 1st track, ''Shut Your Mouth'' is one of the few vintage Garbage songs on the album, with a hard edge and the couldn't-be-more-timely lyrics, ''What's your opinion on the dire situation/ In our land here/ Our guest here/ Of course you'll be nice here/How do you feel about God and religion/Are you good people/Bad people/Guess it doesn't matter people.'' After an expected opening, things begin to tack a different twist. The 2nd track and 1st single from the project, ''Androgyny,'' self-described by Manson as ''a fantasy sequence, where Garbage goes down to a whorehouse in New Orleans and meets up with TLC and Noel Coward and Prince,'' is more fun pop than real techno/rock. It's at once whimsical and sexy in its depiction of gender-bending. On the album's 3rd track, ''Can't Cry These Tears,'' Manson does a virtual dead-pan rendering of Debbie Harry's vocals on ''In the Flesh,'' both of which pay homage to the pinings that so defined ''girl-pop'' in the '60s. Many of the songs on the album, are in fact neo '60s and '70s vibes refurbished with a modern, techno veneer. Some of the tunes also recall early '80s girl-band sounds, such as the Go-Gos and the Bangles. Who knew that Garbage could imbue songs with such positivity?? Shirely, you jest! ''Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!!)'' has more in common with Toni Basil's ''Mickey'' than with any other Garbage song before it. ''Parade,'' one of the few 140 + BPM techno dance romps on the album seems both tame and even vapid when compared to anything on their last disc. A welcome break in style comes in the form of ''Drive You Home,'' a slow, pensive ballad about the uncertainty that exists in long-term relationships. The song showcases the best, bittersweet lyrics on the album, including ''It's funny how/Even now/You still support me after all of the things I've done/You're so good to me/Waiting patiently/And isn't it sad that you still have to ask if I care?'' Though definitely a less ambitious and original undertaking than their previous effort, Garbage still has what it takes to stay above the fray of today's pop/rock music landscape. It's as if the group decided, as Madonna on her last disc, ''OK, we've made our serious masterpiece, let's have a little fun.'' Whereas 2.0 was akin to reading Bleak House, consistent in form and depressing in theme, beautifulgarbage is more of a musical grab bag--what you hear is what you get. As garbage goes, it's not half-bad. Grade B
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be the best garbage album of all time. You must buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great CD, one of the few out there where every track is worth listening to again and again. Definitely gonna live in the discman for a long time...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems like forever I had been waiting for a new CD from this band. The first 2 albums kicked everyone's butt and this one does, also. Didn't need to hear any of it, just saw it and bought it. One of the few bands I would do that with. Totally satisfying!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again we are blessed withthe magic of garbage's talents. From lyrics to the final note of the last song we find poetry and rawness wrapped into one. I absolutely love this band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its much better than I expected it to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good cd!! BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that it's very good.Shirley Manson's so great. But, I'm rating-it 4 because I don't really like their kinds of music. But for their kind of music, they're great. Garbage is trully alternative beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it. It`s cool. Go,Garbage,go!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garbage has pulled off yet another album with seductive, throbbing songs that evoke some of the most poignant emotions. Garbage fans will die for this CD and music lovers in general will undoubtedly enjoy the tunes as well. Check it out at the very least!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is everything you would want from the band. There are plenty of Shirley's ever loved angry songs but just enough ballads to balance it out. It is not sugar gum pop of Britney Spears and so on, which is why its great music. I love the use of the orchestra instruments in Cup of Coffee, and how well Shirley shows her emotions in all the songs. I also think Parade is a song that Americans in this time of crisis should listen to so that they get the message from the song about believing in something that is worth fighting for. Overall I think this album was well worth the wait and I recommend everyone have a listen to what the band has to say!