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Beautiful Garbage
     

Beautiful Garbage

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by 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

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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:
14888

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Beautiful Garbage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
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
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
Three years of (rather impatient) waiting has paid off with the release of Garbage's third album ''Beautiful Garbage''. I was surprised the first time I listened to it because I would never have imagined my beloved band to sound so poppy but the more I listened the more it grew on me and the more I loved it! They tried a different sound but kept their lyrics interesting and worthwhile to listen to. Definately not coming out of my cd player any time soon. ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garbage. Beatiful Garbage. To start with, what cool name! When other bands may just name the CD Beautiful, Garbage put there name after it. Thats cool. Thats Beatifull. But obviously there is more to the CD than that. The 13 songs on this album all sound as good as garbage has ever been. Yet at the same time its sounds different, as with everything bands change and evolve. Garbage has done so too and this album has a whole new sound to it. It is not Version2.0 and neither is it like the first. This album is a whole new animal with a great sound off its own. From Nobody Loves You, which sounds so beatifully Bond-theme, to Cherry Lips, a great upbeat song with some great handclappys. Hand Clappy is cool. Parade sends shivers down my back, Cup of Coffee is a great song, i love the way it simplifies something as terrible as breaking up, down to a simple cup of coffee. But all this is my take. If you truly like garbage, you should already have this CD by now, if you dont you should be buying it. This CD inspires and moves just like Garbage's music always has. And its got a cool name.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough good stuff about this CD. I love the single Androgeny as well as all the other songs on it. Shirley Manson has the best female vocals I have ever heard. Then again with a band like she has, how could you no make a great record. I highly recommend you all run get this CD now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new Garbage cd, Beautifulgarbage, is wayyy different than their earlier releases. It has a bunch of different sounds that has matured along with the band. Great and deep stuff the whole time you're listening to it. Although it's a great cd, it doesn't beat their best ever, Version 2.0, one of the best albums EVER! Rock on Garbage!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Load your cd player with this album, turn it up (loud!) and a crunchy-wah guitar will open a song with a drum rhythm which will make your head go up and down. A female voice starts to sing an almost spoken word verse and here comes the chorus: ''Shut Your Mouth''! You have no more doubt it's Garbage! Totally in shape with these brand new tunes which makes you think about musical references on each one of the tracks, but could never be called a plagiarism due to the original ''Garbage Essence'' characterized by its 4 members/producers: Shirley Manson with her beautiful voice, with different ways of expression depending on the song mood varing since low key melodies as heard on ''Nobody Loves You'' to the strong way such as heard on ''Can't Cry These Tears Anymore'' and ''Parade'', and pop girlie-like tunes as on ''Cherry Lips'' and ''Androgyny''; Butch Vig: the drummer formerly known as ''the guy who produced Nirvana's Nevermind and Sonic Youth's Dirty'' has already a good fame to make us believe we have a high quality sound on this album. Steve Marker/Duke Erickson: countless guitar sounds and effects along with samples fit in perfectly with all the rest, giving it a ''dense'' sound to all of these pop tunes. A MUST HAVE for all good quality pop music lovers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I strongly suggest you buy this album BeautifulGarbage. I litterally could fill a room with all of the wonderful thoughts about this album. No son ever ounds the same which is so amaizing. Unlike Britany and all of the other monstosities in the world of music Garbage have made an album that has real human emotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately this album isn't so good as the earlier ones. There is some tracks like "Shut Your Mouth" and "Parade" that remind me about the good albums...and of course a peaceful track "Can't Cry These Tears". Some tracks aren't a Garbage style I waited for. For example "Cherry Lips" has lyrics that hasn'y much sense. "Drive You Home" and "Cup of Coffee" are too silent and too sad ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great music, very Beatles like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's fresh, but familiar. It's Garbage at it's best. Sometimes you notice the slick production and studio wizardry that Garbage is known for, other times you realize just how raw and in your face they can be. It's a great combination they possess. I've never heard Shirley sound so good. That girl has quite a range. The boys are in top form and kicking butt as usual. The lyrics are well crafted. Basically, you've got stylish foot-stompin' grooves, wonderful melodies and everything in between. This album IS beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'd think it'd be impossible to follow up Version 2.0, but Shirley and the boys did it, and with style. Beautiful Garbage is an awesome new addition to the Garbage collection. Each song on the album is unique and interesting. They use a variety of new sounds and styles, while still maintaining emotional lyrics and catchy tunes. ''Shut Your Mouth'' is an intense song, while ''Cup of Coffee'' is quieter and more reflective. You can dance to ''Androgyny'' and sing along to ''Cherry Lips''. Whether you are new to Garbage, or a seasoned listener, it is definitely worth checking out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garbage has released another great album. They have truly grown into themselves and tried many new things. There are so many great songs on this CD! They have truly kept their reputation ion releasing another fine piece of work. Worth every penny
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole entire album took me on a trek never imagined when I first listened to the cd. Simply astounding is the uncanny way that the members of Garbage have merged their 'normal sound' with the slight vibe of a Prom set in the '50s. From the slandering of posers to boys in the girls' room, Shirley Manson's vocals achieve what you never expected her to be able to do, not to mention the light hearted poppy sound of cherry lips to cover up it's true meanings. Definately recommended for your collection whether you're an old G fan or new!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this is an excelent addition to anyones cd collection. this albumn has a bit more pop and bounce to it than their other two previous albumns. its a very, very good albumn. i suggest you buy it immediatly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garbage's music keeps everyone interested, and lusting for more. Beautifulgarbage is another shot of heroin from the band that makes us play their albums over and over for our next fix.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What do you get if you take three producing gods of the music industry and one fire engine red headed siren from scotland on a mic? If you answered Garbage, then ding ding ding we have a winner. Beautifulgarbage the 3rd album from this evolving band has been long sence anticipated. Let me add, all the anticipation the world never could have prepared me for the knock out of my life when I first listen to ''beautifulgarbage.'' This album takes you from one perspective of the music spectrum to the next. From the 60's swing and corus of ''Can't Cry These Tears'' to the sure to be next biggest pop craze song ''Cherry Lips.'' If I had to pick one sole reason to buy this album to a non-huge garbage fan it would be to experience something totaly different and to hear the gutair riffs that you wanna hum along to just as much as the lyrics that miss Shirley Manson puts her heart and sole on the line for you, the listener, just to feel. Blunt Bottom line: Buy this Album to feel good.It makes you wanna kiss Babies and be grateful that there is such a thing as ''garbage'' motivation~n`stimulation MANDY Wisconsin
Guest More than 1 year ago
That's all I've got to say because I am digging this new album from Garbage. I was late getting into their music (shame on me for having my addiction to Hootie and the Blowfish for so long.. way over them!) but when I bought Version 2.0 their music totally struck a cord with me. All of them have. I may only be fifteen but this CD is one of their be
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a few years of touring around the world, Garbage punches back to the world's attention with this absolutely fantastic album. Garbage have always managed to include a wide range of styles in their albums, and Beatifulgarbage proves no exception. The album kicks off with ''Shut Your Mouth'', a classic Garbage-esque number that wakes you up and makes you pay attention to the speakers instead of just having background music. ''Androgyny'', the first single to be released from the album, puts a new twist on Blur's ''Boys and Girls'', pulling it off with grace. ''Can't Cry These Tears'' is a wonderful new ''oldie'', a tribute to all the girl bands of the 60's and 70's. The rest of the album continues in the similar vein of mixing old and new to create an eclectic mix of songs that half of you would expect Garbage to do, while the other half is surprised that the band has ventured into such varied fields of music. Shirley's vocals are in top form as ever, demonstrating her versatility, while Butch, Duke and Steve provide the sound that defines Garbage, dealing with the contrasting styles in the only way known to the group - superbly. All in all, this is one of those albums that should be in everyone's collection, regardless of their musical taste. Oh, and look out for ''Cherry Lips'', one of my favourites from the album - the epitome of Garbage's ability to vary styles, but within the same song!!
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
It took a few listens, but I do believe Garbage have done it again. This album has become just as addicitve as their last 2 (while still having a slightly different tone... which is expected. Did you expect them to remain stuck in 1995? We can all dream, but its unrealistic). Cup of Coffee is my choice for best song off the new disc :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good CD! If you havent heard garbage before now, you must have been living in a hole. a deep hole. Garbage is one of the best, dare i say? bands around. This cd have a lot of techno and club remix themes, and yet, shirley's ol angry songs. That's what you gotta love, emotion and a good beat. i'd buy two copies if i were you, infact, i did. one for my house and one for my car. its a good deal on good music.
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
It is impossible to listen to her voice and not think of sex. This is one fantastic album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As if the last two albums didn't kick enough booty, Garbage does a great job with their 3rd release, Beautifulgarbage. There's a wide variety of songs, and there isn't a single track I don't like. If you liked any of Garbage's previous stuff, buy this now!!