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Garbage (Eastwest Release) [CD]

Garbage Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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On the day Garbage gathered in Wisconsin to start work on their fourth record, they came up with the glittering and steely "Right Between the Eyes" in all of 30 minutes. Things would not go quite so well with BLEED LIKE ME again.

The band battled illness, surgery, creative disagreements, major life changes and-depending who you ask-either a break-up or a much-needed sabbatical. ... Read more in Amazon's Garbage Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00013R89W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Supervixen
2. Queer
3. Only Happy When It Rains
4. As Heaven Is Wide
5. Not My Idea
6. A Stroke Of Luck
7. Vow
8. Stupid Girl
9. Dog New Tricks
10. My Lover's Box
11. Fix Me Now
12. Milk

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BBC Review

Although they formed in Wisconsin and three-quarters of their line-up is American, coverage of Garbage around their MTV Award-winning debut album – best breakthrough artist, 1996 – was dominated by feisty Scottish front-gal Shirley Manson.

Manson had been a member of Bathgate-based 80s alt-rockers Goodbye Mr MacKenzie, and was also involved in the band’s splinter group, Angelfish. The latter’s 1993 single, Suffocate Me, attracted the attention of American producer Steve Marker, who was after a vocalist to front his new band. The rest, as ‘they’ so often say, is history – although Garbage’s career hasn’t since hit the heights it did with this eponymous effort, which has to date shifted over four million copies.

From second album, the terribly titled Version 2.0, onwards, Garbage’s star has dimmed. A disbanding in 2003 and subsequent reformation for 2005’s Bleed Like Me rekindled interest; but the record itself, their fourth overall, was a critical flop. Newcomers are therefore advised to begin with this debut, and be done with it unless particularly taken by what is, today, some pretty formulaic, albeit arena-sized, pop-rock, lent an edge purely because of the paralysing presence of Manson.

The vocalist holds court from the outset, opener Supervixen painting a picture of a dominatrix-style paramour who’s perfectly aware of their grip on their significant other. “Bow down to me,” comes her instruction, and it’s not just the suggested subject of her attention that obeys – the world, for a year or so, fell at the feet of an opinionated female artist who talked the column-filling talk without missing a beat. Queer is similarly pitched, Manson the antagonist ready to “strip away your hard veneer”. She was both alluring and wholly intimidating, a snarl in her voice but equally capable of a purr to melt away any resistance.

Garbage were as interested in their visual representation as their sound on record, so videos became vitally important. This album was followed by Garbage Video, collecting five official promos for Queer, Vow, Only Happy When It Rains, Stupid Girl and the set-closing Milk, a trip hop-indebted number that’d be remixed by Tricky. Although it expresses weakness, vocally, there’s a paradoxical aspect to the lyrics: she cries, but her tears are power, bringing “you home”. So even at her most vulnerable, Manson maintains her controlling condition.

The music’s aged poorly, but Manson’s career-defining performance is as electrifying as it was 15 years ago. --Mike Diver

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sound as Unique and Excellent as they come 18 Nov 2002
By D. Winchester VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It seems as if Garbage have been around forever. Already their brand of technological rock and cutting lyrics is as familiar as Oasis’ drawl or Stereophonics’ grate, despite their relative lack of success. This is perhaps one of the most underrated albums of the 90s, as the fact is their sound is wholly original and distinctive. The publicity that shrouded Scottish lead singer Shirley Manson could not bury the fact that Garbage churned out countless delightfully accessible angst-ridden tracks. Stupid Girl led the way, but Milk, Vow, Queer and Only Happy When It Rains are all of the highest quality. Depressing and brazen they may be, but with enchanting unique pop such as opener Supervixen, it is certainly captivating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic 19 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
i remember hearing about this band many years ago and laughing at them purely because they were called garbage and had a song called queer!!

a few years passed and then i bumped into the band again on a tv show and i actually heard them this time and thought myself rather silly for writing them off!!! they are great!!!

this is the sound of a rock band with a great eye for pop melodies. almost all the songs have got some fantastic guitar work in them and yet the vocals are so melodic...and sultry...almost sleazy..but in a good way!

for me the choice songs are queer,vixen,only happy when it rains and the haunting milk.

overall a great album...well worth checking out if you want something with a little bite but then kisses it better after!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not rubbish! 27 Mar 2002
By Ben Saunders VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Garbage consist of three American producers (Steve Markes, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig - the latter of Nirvana fame) and the vocal talents of Scottish chanteuse Shirley Manson (supplemented on most tracks here by Mike Kashou on bass). As such, they're something of a supergroup, and indeed, they are a super group.
Their sound, in case you don't know, is quite unique and distinctive. The producers provide keyboards, samples loops and effects, in much the same way as dance records are made, but what they make is definitely a rock album. Over the top of this, come Shirley's sublime vocals, ranging from a melodic caress to (almost) vitriolic shrieks, tending more towards beautiful singing. If I had to compare them to other artists, I'd say they remind me, in parts, of Filter, VAST, Cyclefly and Guano Apes, but as none of these groups are as big as Garbage, that may not help you... (Although you may want to check them out if you like Garbage, all of them have the 'synthetic' musical sound and very good singers)
Butch's Nirvana connections meant the group had no trouble attracting interest. As soon as Shirley launched into 'Vow' (first single, included here) it was obvious that there was more to the band. A feministic assault on a former lover, it perfectly demonstrates Shirley's talents, and is one of the best tracks on the album. She switches with ease from softly sensual to menacing as she sings 'You burned me out but I'm back at your door/ Like Joan of Arc coming back for more/ I came around to tear your little world apart/ And break your soul apart'
This is followed by arguably their best (and certainly biggest) song - 'Stupid Girl'. This is really memorable, and well played on TV and radio, you will know it! In fact, I like it so much I can't believe it took me so long to get the album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Feb 2006
By Lilly Penhaligon VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It happens rarely that you like every song on an album; there's always one or two that you would skip over. However, this is one of those albums where you want to listen to almost every song. Garbage are great here, they are really angst ridden rock (but not in the same whiney way as Alanis or Avril Lavigne so have no fear). For those of you who like quiet angst, Milk is a refreshing break from the heavy anthems and guitars of the other songs. Although it is lighter, it is in keeping with the general theme of the rest of the album and is quite dark.
Their best album is Version 2.0 which is an absolute classic - it is another album where every song is one which you will want to hear.
I think this first album and Version 2.0 were the crowning moments of Garbage's career. Beautiful was really poor and completely different in tone and their latest album, Bleed Like Me seems like an attempt to return to Version 2.0 territory.
If you are new to Garbage, I would try this and Version 2.0 you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garbage at their best 4 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This import is worth the extra £££'s for the 2 additional tracks 'Subhuman' and 'No 1 Crush' alone. Neither of these were featured on the UK version (why we ask ourselves do they not think we want to hear them too!) This is Garbage at their best and darkest, Shirley sings with real venom and the sampling is much dirtier and noisy - just how we love it! I wish they'd go back to their roots and leave the bubblegum pop of 'Beautiful Garbage' behind - don't get me wrong their 3rd LP was terrific, but I prefer to hear more of the 'dark' Shirley she was far sexier and gutsy than the androgenous Tank Girl of 2001. There are some cracking landmark tracks on this album esp. 'Supervixen', 'As Heaven is Wide' and the blow me away singles 'Only Happy when it Rains' (turn up the volume for that one)and 'Vow'. It's a shame that the only way we can get our hands on the extra tracks is to buy it on import - which I have only ever been able to find on the Amazon site.
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again, short review, love it, vocals, music, buy it. only happy when it rains, stupid girl, queer, stand out tracks, but love them all.
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