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  • Summary: Another eclectic offering from Shirley Manson and Garbage, their third album and first since 1998.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It's unlikely to storm the charts like their first two records, especially since there aren't standout singles like on the earlier albums, but overall the record works better, perhaps their best album.
  2. If you didn't know better, you'd think you were listening to a compilation, not a band album.
  3. The treasures in this latest pile of Garbage may not be as apparent as they were in the past, but the goodies are still there.
  4. 60
    With all that studio experience and expertise, Garbage inevitably sounds slicker than a bobsled track. But it can become a little too slick: the flawless sound often only exposes and exacerbates their shortcomings as writers.
  5. It's as if there's an optimal number of musical ideas per song, and the album falls apart when the number spikes too high - or dips too low.
  6. For the first time in their history, Garbage sounds like they just want to fit in. The problem is that they do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. GraemeK.
    Oct 25, 2001
    I wish I could stop listening to it, but seem physically unable to remove it from my cd player.
  2. if4pif4
    Mar 13, 2004
    love it!
  3. GiuseppeM.
    May 27, 2007
    Perfectly eclectic sophisticated album.
  4. RandyB
    Mar 12, 2005
    beautifulgarbage is the type of artistic endeavor that succeeds admirably. It sees Garbage completely revel in the pop sound, and because there is meaning behind it, it blows regular pop artists out of the water. Shirley Manson's lyrics become vulnerable and wrenching in some ("Nobody Loves You"; "Cup of Coffee"; Drive You Home") and remain as fierce as they ever were in others ("Shut Your Mouth"; "Silence is Golden") Some might not be able to appreciate it, but beautifulgarbage makes pop listenable. And I'm sorry, but Garbage can never be interchangable, each song on here sounds distinct from the others; I'm not exactly sure how you could confuse "Androgyny" for "Cherry Lips". Expand
  5. JeremyF.
    Sep 20, 2007
    I think this is a fantastic album. The electric outfit suits them well. I think it's my favorite album, but the only problem is that it seems a little phony. This is not the core, gritty Garbage. But I really love it. I love Shut Your Mouth, Cup Of Coffee, Drive You home, Cherry Lips, and Nobody Loves You. I think that if they released a mainly-slow-song record (ie: Cup of Coffee, Can't Cry These Tears Anymore) it would be nearly perfect, since their slower-paced numbers ironically tend to work to better. Expand
  6. RunawayLover
    Jan 2, 2002
    "Beautiful" is easily Garbage's best album, displaying diversity and imagination that were unheard of on their first two albums. Whereas "Version" and their debut albums focused on maintaining the same sound throughout, "Beautiful" successfully takes risks and ends up being the most worthwhile and gripping Garbage album to date. Expand
  7. MichaelC
    Oct 7, 2003
    I was pretty disappointed in this album. I liked their first two so much, but I had a hard time finding anything that stuck out on this one. Die-hard fans of the band will probably find something they like, but other than that, skip this one. Expand

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