Garbage

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Garbage

Garbage - Garbage ©1995 Almo Sounds
1. Supervixen
2. Queer
3. Only Happy When It Rains
4. As Heaven Is Wide
5. Not My Idea
6. A Stroke Of Luck
7. Vow
8. Stupid Girl
9. Dog New Tricks
10. My Lover's Box
11. Fix Me Now
12. Milk

Although Garbage is, at least on the surface, yet another easily digestible, commonplace alt rock band with a breathy girl vocalist, there is something absolutely compelling and ultimately rewarding about their stab at pop music. Most people should be aware that the band contains one Butch Vig on drums and percussion and his previous claim to noteriety was being the producer behind some album called Nevermind. The band also contains Shirley Manson on vocals, a figure who seems to elicit extreme responses from those who hear her voice. Either people love her or despise her. I'm obviously in the former category as her ability to sell a song and hold a strong melody is very prevalent. The other ingredient this band has going for them is a very rare talent for writing pop-with-substance. By definition, pop music is bubblegum material meant for popularity. It's quite difficult to write a catchy song that doesn't wear thin after a zillion replays on rock radio. Garbage, on the other hand, has some catchy but lasting songs on this album. Granted it is still fairly lightweight, but even over the years since this album first came out, a lot of these songs are still good listening. "Queer", "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Stupid Girl" are all still a good time. While many still will have an aversion to the mildy dancey rhythms and the fact that this band dwells firmly in alternative rock territory, there is enough strong songwriting and deeply catchy music to make this worth your while.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/2000

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Only Happy When It Rains [Single]

Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains Single ©1996 Almo Sounds
1. Only Happy When It Rains
2. Girl Don't Come
3. Sleep

Garbage is really nothing more than pop garbage, but the fact is that this band does the poppy catchy stuff so well that I can't help but like it. This three song single takes on one of the better tracks from their debut album and includes it with two very excellent non-album tracks for a great little single. Singer Shirley Manson does nothing beyond sing simple melodies, but there is something about her charisma that really sells the songs. "Only Happy When It Rains" is instantly digestible but at the same time offers you enticement to come back for a second helping. "Girl Don't Come" is one of the band's more aggressive numbers, with a strong grooving backbeat. "Sleep" is a somewhat morose, synth driven quiet mood piece that isn't quite as strong as the preceding two songs. Regardless of your opinion of pop/alt rock, Garbage has proven to me that they know a little something about the art of making pop with substance.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2000

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