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An underappreciated album, but a great slice of Britpop
on 11 March 2017
Garbage were always perhaps the most Americanised sounding of all the Britpop bands, but their eponymous debut album was definitely within the Britpop flavoured canon. Their American sound was no doubt due to the fact that Garbage are in fact only quarter British, with three Americans making up the core of the group, and fronted by Scottish vocalist Shirley Manson. Their first album contains many of the band's most popular and best-known hits, and was released the day after what became known as the 'Battle of Britpop' in 1995.
'Garbage' does sounds rather dated now, but is still a great slice of Britpop despite it sometimes being overlooked. The opening track 'Supervixen', and subsequent hit singles alone ensure a four star rating from me. My favourite is the catchy, singalong tune 'Only Happy When it Rains', followed by the much more melodic, laid-back 'Queer', and the haunting 'Milk', as well as 'Stupid Girl', despite the cheesy chorus, which provided them with an indie anthem, and their biggest UK hit when it peaked at no. 4.
Shirley Mason's sultry voice is unmistakably 1990s here, used over the album's very sleek, electronic-laced alt-rock grooves. 'Garbage', an interesting mixture of alternative, dance rock and power pop, makes for a very easy listen, with songs dealing with every emotion, from hate and love, often at the same time, to desperation and peace. It still serves as the best place to begin with if you're currently a novice to this highly creative band, who are still performing together, and making good music to this very day.