Beautifulgarbage

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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. The sound of a band blissfully uncoiling under the sun of self-assurance.
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    Sharp, seductive music from a band at their peak. [Oct 2001, p.119]
  3. If you didn't know better, you'd think you were listening to a compilation, not a band album.
  4. 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.
  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. 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.
  7. 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
    10
    I wish I could stop listening to it, but seem physically unable to remove it from my cd player.
  2. if4pif4
    Mar 13, 2004
    10
    love it!
  3. GiuseppeM.
    May 27, 2007
    10
    Perfectly eclectic sophisticated album.
  4. RandyB
    Mar 12, 2005
    9
    beautifulgarbage is the type of artistic endeavor that succeeds admirably. It sees Garbage completely revel in the pop sound, and because 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. Jun 3, 2016
    8
    Not the band's strongest effort, but still containing killer hooks and beats as well catchy songs. The fault lies in the over saturation ofNot the band's strongest effort, but still containing killer hooks and beats as well catchy songs. The fault lies in the over saturation of music genres and eras rather than one cohesive marketable sound. If it had been more radio friendly this could have been a Blondie album for the 21st century. Given time though this album is a grower. Expand
  6. AustinA
    Jul 25, 2005
    8
    Beautiful indeed.
  7. MichaelC
    Oct 7, 2003
    4
    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. 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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