"Garbage" (Almo Sounds; 1995)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Any other review that you will read about Garbage gives this band kudos for producing slick, pop song material. I’ll admit the songs are well crafted, and could probably be sung by any female with a penchant for thin vocals. Garbage's music would be a good background while shopping at Spencer’s.

Now I’ll tell you the things I do like: The guitar is very good; it buzzes in some parts and it's got a very interesting sound. It seems to be the main focus of the songs, which is good for all involved. Garbage really sounds like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine combined. They don’t copy those bands but take a little from each for a unique hybrid sound. Fans of those bands will squeal with delight for this release. The two, over-played radio hits were good for their time, but you probably haven’t heard them in a while (it won’t hurt to revisit them).

This is one CD that you can put on at a party and things will get moving. When the slow tracks surface, things slow down with an organic and sophisticated style. I don’t keep this disc readily available but every now and then I cue it up and get my fill.

The best cuts are “Only Happy When It Rains,” and “Stupid Girl.”

Garbage: Shirley Manson – vocals, guitar; Steve Marker – guitars, bass, samples and loops; Duke Erikson – guitars, keyboards, six-string and fuzz bass; Butch Vig – drums, loops, noise and efx.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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