Beautifulgarbage

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Blender
    60
    The Garbage machine doesn't always function so pristinely. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.105]
  2. 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.
  3. Alternative Press
    60
    The abundance of derivative electronic tricks diminishes Beautiful's successful updates of Garbage's sound. [Nov 2001, p.73]
  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. Gone are the likes of 'Queer' or 'Subhuman', there's no ummph or intelligence. In straining to achieve a smarter, more mature album the band have created the most tawdry epitaph possible.
  6. It's good in flashes but frighteningly unstable.
  7. This time around, the Garbage tradition of borrowing from all over the map has produced unfocused and derivative results.
  8. For the first time in their history, Garbage sounds like they just want to fit in. The problem is that they do.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2014
    7
    "Beautifulgarbage" is definitely Garbage's worst album, but it's not all that bad. It's not like Garbage's previous albums, and the previous"Beautifulgarbage" is definitely Garbage's worst album, but it's not all that bad. It's not like Garbage's previous albums, and the previous albums were amazing. This one just missed the mark. The best tracks are "Shut Your Mouth" and "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)." Full Review »
  3. Feb 5, 2013
    9
    I think it's beautiful. Very powerful lyrics.
    Highlight tracks: "Silence is Golden", "Cup of Coffee", "Nobody Loves You", "Breaking Up the
    I think it's beautiful. Very powerful lyrics.
    Highlight tracks: "Silence is Golden", "Cup of Coffee", "Nobody Loves You", "Breaking Up the Girl", "So Like a Rose", "Drive You Home", "Can't Dry These Tears."
    Full Review »