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5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley's finest hour?, 6 Oct 2001
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This is a cracking pop-rock record: loud, sharp, spiky, and hugely melodic. It was through fronting this band that Shirley Manson eventually found herself on the way to fame and fortune but, if the truth be told, she was never quite this good again. The thing is that this is basically a female-fronted Goodbye Mr Mackenzie (Martin Metcalfe stepping back from the mike to do some superb guitar work). Several of these songs come from the Mackenzie days. One, "The End", dates back to the 80s and, though the Angelfish version is great, Metcalfe sang it miles better. So forget about concentrating on Manson, like this was some kind of audition, because this is a superb album by a very talented group that have been unfairly overlooked. Buy it, listen to the brilliant "Heartbreak to Hate" a thousand times, and enjoy it, because it really is VERY GOOD!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley's First Stand, 16 Mar 2004
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This is widely known as Shirley Manson's audition for Garabge as it was 'Suffocate Me' that got her noticed by Mr Vig and Co. You can see why they were impressed. Goodbye Mr Mackenie found themselves binned by Radioactive in the UK, however the US side of things kept the band on and while guitarist Big John Duncan was out on the road with Nirvana, the rest of the band recorded Angelfish. Martin Metcalfe had written loads of songs for GBMM's third studio album and those that worked well with Shirley singing made it on to this CD. There are 8 original tracks on this release with a cover of You Can Love Her as well as Shirley's stab of the 1986 GBMM release - 'The End'. Manson revels in being the centre of attention for the first time as her voice is finally given a chance to shine and Metcalfe's guitar work shows he has picked up a thing or two from Big John over the years. Outstanding tracks are King Of The World and Heartbreak to Hate whilst Tomorrow Forever is as perfect a pop song as you'll hear. Shortly after its release, Shirley left the rest to join Garbage and the lads returned to the UK to take up as GBMM again, bizarrely refusing to discuss the record or mention its release with their UK fanbase. The release of Vow soon alerted everyone to its presence though and import copies of Angelfish eventually made their way to the UK. The lads eventually went on to play Suffocate Me live whilst going through various guises post GBMM, and also released alternative versions of Tomorrow Forever and King Of The World which are worth seeking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley's finest hour?, 6 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Angelfish (Audio CD)
This is a cracking pop-rock record: loud, sharp, spiky, and hugely melodic. It was through fronting this band that Shirley Manson eventually found herself on the way to fame and fortune but, if the truth be told, she was never quite this good again. The thing is that this is basically a female-fronted Goodbye Mr Mackenzie (Martin Metcalfe stepping back from the mike to do some superb guitar work). Several of these songs come from the Mackenzie days. One, "The End", dates back to the 80s and, though the Angelfish version is great, Metcalfe sang it miles better. So forget about concentrating on Manson, like this was some kind of audition, because this is a superb album by a very talented group that have been unfairly overlooked. Buy it, listen to the brilliant "Heartbreak to Hate" a thousand times, and enjoy it, because it really is VERY GOOD!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Angelic, 15 Aug 2012
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A superb indie rock/pop album! Tina Weymouth, of Talking Heads bass fame, is credited as a co-producer. The songs tell stories of misery and heartbreak, yet the whole is powerfully energetic and uplifting. I hear a kind of slightly heavier, rockier Smiths here, with Shirley playing the role of Morrissette. The highlight of the set is the petulant vitriol of track 9, Tomorrow Forever. An essential addition to anyone's CD collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable album, 19 Jan 2012
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I'm guessing that everyone that buys this album is doing so because it is Shirley Manson's pre-Garbage outing. Which is a bit of a shame as it's a very solid album in it's own right. I'll admit, I bought the album expecting a strong vocal performance on an otherwise weak CD, but was pleasantly surprised to find myself with a well-written, well-produced album which sounds great all round.

Musically the sound is similar to Garbage's first album - perhaps a little more pop-y and a little more bass heavy. I'm not going to pretend that any of its songs stand up to the best of Garbage, but they do compare well with their album tracks. All in all, if you're a fan of Garbage and want something similar, you are not going to be disappointed (and probably pleasantly surprised) with Angelfish. On the flip-side, if you hate Garbage you're not going to enjoy this either...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic brilliance - complete, perfect, angry, 7 Sep 2014
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Epic brilliance pre-Garbage. This album is complete, a perfect and angry musical shout against the world's injustice. I love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond expectations, 16 Jun 2013
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I'm soo glad I bought this album. If you love rock, if you love Shirley and if you like the 90s, this belongs in your album collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 19 Aug 2014
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very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Aug 2014
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Excellent
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelfish-fantastic!, 12 May 2000
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Well being a huge garbage fan for over 5 years, You really need listen to this album as it's so cool ... This was when Miss Shirley Manson was in her old band Angelfish of which she is singing main vocals and still with a few of her old band mates from 'Goodbye Mr Mackenzie' which i would not really say was a very good band anyway ... Some of the best tracks on this album : Suffocate Me, Heartbreak To Hate, You Can Love Her, Mummy Can't Drive ... Please buy this as you too will really love it ....
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