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This review is from: Beautiful (Audio CD)
This is my favourite Garbage album and probably their most accessible too.
They emerged in the 1990s as one of those difficult to pin down trendy bands that NME loved. Not quite guitar-based enough to be indie, not quite electronic enough to be dance, and certainly with the gothic-like crooning of Shirley Manson it could hardly be considered pop.
But the truth is Beautiful Garbage is probably about as pop as this band will ever get. There's the trademark crunching guitars mixed with synths and beats as per usual in the Garbage world. But the abundance of actual tunes is what elevates it for me. You could close your eyes and stick your finger in the tracklisting anywhere up to 10 and you've got a potential single.
And as many have already stated, each song is refreshingly diverse. I particularly love Cup of Coffee, downbeat, moody and haunting as Shirley sings of her obsession over an ex-love. Cherry Lips is electronica come cheeky pop and it's nice to hear an upbeat fun-sounding Garbage song.
Parade has massive anthem-like guitars with a singalong chorus that's absolutely infectious, sort of like a companion to version 2.0's "When I Grow Up".
And the closer, So Like A Rose, is actually sublime in its simplicity, a slow lone guitar that builds into a dazzlingly delicate explosion of sound. It really is beautiful.