label: almo sounds
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
to be Paranoid
is Shirley Manson hot, but so is Version 2.0 from Madison,
WI's own Garbage. Normally in my reviews I will go to point
out the problems in the disc, but here I struggle to find even
one. Basically, this has taken over as my favorite cd for
now - even kicking out Radiohead's OK
Computer. So, what I am going to do is talk about
just why this album kicks so much ass.
is familiar with Garbage from their first, self-titled, album
knows what kind of music Garbage puts out. It is kind of
hard to define, but it is pretty much a mixture of rock and techno.
When the first album came out, I was not the biggest fan, but
I eventually grew to love it. With this new album this was
not the case. I loved it from first play.
First - the
engery. While Manson's vocals are perfect as per usual,
the band really shows off, as does Butch Vig's musical expertise.
(Butch produced the first couple Smashing Pumpkins albums as well
as Nirvana's Nevermind among others) The added drum
beats and techno clips make this album one of the greatest available
right now. This album sounds much more professionally produced
than does their first effort, and it makes quite a difference.
(That is not to say they are only a good studio band, I have heard
a few tracks of their live stuff from this cd and it kicks just
as much). Shirley Manson sounds sexy on this album, and
the reverb and doubling up of her vocals really adds a lot to
the vocal tracks.
If I had to
pick a worst and best track off of the cd they would be as follows.
The opening track "Tempation Waits" would get my vote
for least favorite. This is not because it sucks though.
The next track is just more powerful. My favorite would
have to be "Special" because of the lyrics and driving
drum beats behind the track. "Do you have an opinion,
a mind of your own" - the way Manson sets across the lyrics
in this track show the mood and meaning behind it.
song on this cd could be released as a single, so it is hard to
guess what the next released track will be. However, for
now you can hear the first single "Push It" on the radio
and the video on MTV. My guess as to the next single will
be either "Medication" or "Hammering in my Head"
but that is just my guess. The track "I Think I'm Paranoid"
is another likely candidate just because of all the paranoia hype
right now with the popularity of the X-Files and other conspiracy
theories. However, Garbage has no reason to be paranoid.
This disc should set them up as one of the bands on the forefront
of music once again.