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Strange Little Birds

Review Garbage (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) announced their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds, will be released June 10th on the band s own label STUNVOLUME

Working initially in Vig's basement and then at Red Razor Sounds in Los Angeles, Garbage drew on a variety of sources, from their recent fan letters back to the albums they loved growing up. The guiding principle was keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically , said frontwoman Shirley Manson. Strange Little Birds is less fussed over than anything Garbage has ever made. We fell in love with immediacy, adds Vig.

Some will hear echoes of Garbage s 1995 debut album in Strange Little Birds including Manson herself. To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records, she says. It s getting back to that beginner s headspace. In part, she says, that s a result of not having anyone to answer to.
Not Your Kind Of People [Deluxe]

Review Four albums and seven Grammy« nominations later, Garbage has its first best of collection--Absolute Garbage. Along with the new track Tell Me Where It Hurts, Absolute Garbage features 17 songs of extreme and intense emotion, from Stupid Girl, Queer and #1 Crush to Special, Bleed Like Me and Why Do You Love Me.

With the band recently emerging from a hiatus for a live performance and the recording of Tell Me Where It Hurts, Absolute Garbage offers the best of a band that, to quote a lyric from Queer, has been the strangest of the strange, the coolest of the cool.
Garbage [2 CD][20th Anniversary Edition]

Review Taking inspiration from little known British band Curve, the formula behind Garbage was simple enough: Industrial strength beats, grungy guitars and ice queen vocals. But in Scottish fireball Shirley Manson the three middle-aged studio whizzes from Wisconsin not only found a muse but a front woman whose infinite charisma and wicked sense of humor--as evidenced by the title of this greatest hits set--gave even No Doubt a solid run in the hits race. For a few years, the group ruled the charts with shiny metallic pop gems like "Queer," "Stupid Girl," and "Only Happy When It Rains," hampered only by some remedial lyrics and a penchant for cribbing other bands' melodies (see: The Pretenders aping "Special"). There's a discernible dip in quality midway through this collection, when at the turn of the millennium Garbage seemingly lost its fire, but at least the group's token James Bond theme, "The World Is Not Enough," is more Shirley Bassey than Sheena Easton. Fans who are already up do date with the originals will want to pick up the special edition set that features a bonus disc of remixes by some of the biggest players on the '90s electronic music scene, including Massive Attack, The Crystal Method, and Unkle. --Aidin Vaziri
Absolute Garbage

Review Garbage is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut record by releasing a special edition two CD set of the album remastered from the original analog tapes. Originally released in 1995, 'Garbage' achieved double platinum in multiple territories, reached top 10 charts worldwide, and received three Grammy Award Nominations including Best New Artist. The rerelease includes 'I'm Only Happy When It Rains' & 'Stupid Girl' as well as all G-sides released from 1995-1996.
Bleed Like Me [Enhanced CD]

Review Deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks. 2012 album from the Alt-Rock outfit, their first album in seven years. Garbage consists of Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar) and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards) and Butch Vig (drums, percussion). All four members are involved in songwriting and production. The band have counted worldwide album sales of over 17 million units.
Beautiful Garbage

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Pollinator

Review It's not that Garbage is doing anything particularly new. At times, singer Shirley Manson borrows Chrissie Hynde's phrasing, Patti Smith's rock beat poetry, and Brian Wilson's chorus from "Don't Worry Baby." But producer Butch Vig provides a modern sheen to Version 2.0 that makes it sound fresh and distinctly modern. Purists may blanch--the album is a hybrid of rock guitars, dance rhythms, and pop choruses--but songs such as "I Think I'm Paranoid" (a rip of Elastica) and "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" (Depeche Mode, without the chill) sound great no matter what they're called. --Keith Moerer
Version 2.0

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Silver Eye

Review Garbage's third album is an almost total departure for modern rock's renowned poster children. Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erickson, and Steve Marker robustly straddled the line between alternative rock and techno in their two efforts, whipping up two finely crafted CDs that captured the cultural mood of the late '90s. After six years in the saddle, they've shaken off the charge that they're a producer's creation and have emerged as a full-blown band. The band has also given up all pretext at being au courant and topical, instead combining '80s kitsch with '70s pop, with a stop along the way to worship at the altars of Phil Spector and Chrissie Hynde and even at times arriving at their own version of nu soul. "Shut Your Mouth" is raw and menacing and does as much for female empowerment as a Missy Elliott hit. "Can't Cry These Tears Anymore" is a modern take on Leslie Gore's "It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To), but with all the strangeness of Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. If there is a single theme to Beautiful Garbage (named after a line in a Courtney Love song), it's that smart girls don't put all their faith in love. The heroine in most of these 13 songs would rather kick a faithless lover in the, er, shins with her stilettos than pine by the phone. The "Stupid Girl" of the band's debut is now just a stupid memory. --Jaan Uhelszki
A Moon Shaped Pool

Review Described as a thundering return to the band's original hard rock sound, 'Bleed Like Me' features eleven tracks that return to the power and simplicity of their debut. The first single is the explosive 'Why Do You Love Me'. Amongst the other highlights of the album are the dynamic opener 'Bad Boyfriend', a heavy out and out rock song featuring a guest appearance from Dave Grohl on drums. Aside from Grohl, the album also features an additional guest in the shape of Beck bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Geffen. 2005.
One Mile High...Live [Blu-ray]

Review Despite making it through a difficult four-year stretch in which the band temporarily broke up, singer Shirley Manson left her husband, and new technologies made the sleek electro-rock sound of its first three albums feel passÚ, Garbage resurfaces in rude health on Bleed Like Me. Manson is still kickboxing the air and stomping the glitter under her heels, as she channels Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde on edgy glam-rock anthems like "Run Baby Run" and "Metal Heart." All the while three bookish producers in the background--including Butch Vig, who famously helmed Nirvana's Nevermind--turn up the sleazy machine-like rhythms. Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl sits in on the drums for the menacing "Bad Boyfriend," but it's the confessional title track Bleed Like Me"--part "Walk on the Wild Side," part therapy session for former cutter Manson--that shatters Garbage's image as the ultimate non-stick studio band. "You should see my scars," goes the chorus. And, for once, Manson is actually willing to reveal them. -- Aidin Vaziri
Absolute Garbage

Review After a five year break, 2012 saw Garbage back in the spotlight with a new studio album Not Your Kind Of People followed by their first world tour for seven years. Filmed on this tour at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on October 6th, One Mile High...Live is the first ever DVD release of a full Garbage live concert. Charismatic singer Shirley Manson leads from the front propelled by the twin guitars of Steve Marker and Duke Erikson and the powerhouse drumming of Butch Vig with Eric Avery providing bass guitar for the live shows. The band mix highlights from the new album with classic tracks from across their career to produce the ultimate Garbage live experience.

Bonus Features:
Pre-show Warm Up / Music videos for Big Bright World and Blood For Poppies / Featurettes: (1) Automatic Systematic (2) Battle In Me (3) Big Bright World (4) Blood For Poppies (5) Control.


Track Listing:
1) Automatic System Habit 2) I Think I'm Paranoid 3) Shut Your Mouth 4) Why Do You Love Me 5) Queer 6) Stupid Girl 7) Hammering In My Head 8) Control 9) #1 Crush 10) Cherry Lips 11) Big Bright World 12) Blood For Poppies 13) Special 14) Milk 15) Battle In Me 16) Push It 17) Only Happy When It Rains 18) Supervixen 19) The Trick Is To Keep Breathing 20) Vow 21) Time Will Destroy Everything (End Credits)
Not Your Kind Of People [Deluxe]

Review 2012 career-spanning greatest hits collection from the Alt-Rock icons. Features 20 songs including "Stupid Girl", "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)", "Only Happy When It Rains", "Androgyny", "I Think I'm Paranoid", "When I Grow Up", "Shut Your Mouth" and more.
Garbage [2 CD][20th Anniversary Edition]

Review Garbage (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) announced their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds, will be released June 10th on the band s own label STUNVOLUME

Working initially in Vig's basement and then at Red Razor Sounds in Los Angeles, Garbage drew on a variety of sources, from their recent fan letters back to the albums they loved growing up. The guiding principle was keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically , said frontwoman Shirley Manson. Strange Little Birds is less fussed over than anything Garbage has ever made. We fell in love with immediacy, adds Vig.

Some will hear echoes of Garbage s 1995 debut album in Strange Little Birds including Manson herself. To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records, she says. It s getting back to that beginner s headspace. In part, she says, that s a result of not having anyone to answer to.
Beautiful Garbage

Review Four albums and seven Grammy« nominations later, Garbage has its first best of collection--Absolute Garbage. Along with the new track Tell Me Where It Hurts, Absolute Garbage features 17 songs of extreme and intense emotion, from Stupid Girl, Queer and #1 Crush to Special, Bleed Like Me and Why Do You Love Me.

With the band recently emerging from a hiatus for a live performance and the recording of Tell Me Where It Hurts, Absolute Garbage offers the best of a band that, to quote a lyric from Queer, has been the strangest of the strange, the coolest of the cool.
Strange Little Birds

Review Taking inspiration from little known British band Curve, the formula behind Garbage was simple enough: Industrial strength beats, grungy guitars and ice queen vocals. But in Scottish fireball Shirley Manson the three middle-aged studio whizzes from Wisconsin not only found a muse but a front woman whose infinite charisma and wicked sense of humor--as evidenced by the title of this greatest hits set--gave even No Doubt a solid run in the hits race. For a few years, the group ruled the charts with shiny metallic pop gems like "Queer," "Stupid Girl," and "Only Happy When It Rains," hampered only by some remedial lyrics and a penchant for cribbing other bands' melodies (see: The Pretenders aping "Special"). There's a discernible dip in quality midway through this collection, when at the turn of the millennium Garbage seemingly lost its fire, but at least the group's token James Bond theme, "The World Is Not Enough," is more Shirley Bassey than Sheena Easton. Fans who are already up do date with the originals will want to pick up the special edition set that features a bonus disc of remixes by some of the biggest players on the '90s electronic music scene, including Massive Attack, The Crystal Method, and Unkle. --Aidin Vaziri
Bleed Like Me [Enhanced CD]

Review Garbage is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut record by releasing a special edition two CD set of the album remastered from the original analog tapes. Originally released in 1995, 'Garbage' achieved double platinum in multiple territories, reached top 10 charts worldwide, and received three Grammy Award Nominations including Best New Artist. The rerelease includes 'I'm Only Happy When It Rains' & 'Stupid Girl' as well as all G-sides released from 1995-1996.
Version 2.0

Review Deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks. 2012 album from the Alt-Rock outfit, their first album in seven years. Garbage consists of Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar) and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards) and Butch Vig (drums, percussion). All four members are involved in songwriting and production. The band have counted worldwide album sales of over 17 million units.
Pollinator

Review NEW Combo BLUWAVS CD and FLAC FILE
The Best of Cranberries: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection)

Review It's not that Garbage is doing anything particularly new. At times, singer Shirley Manson borrows Chrissie Hynde's phrasing, Patti Smith's rock beat poetry, and Brian Wilson's chorus from "Don't Worry Baby." But producer Butch Vig provides a modern sheen to Version 2.0 that makes it sound fresh and distinctly modern. Purists may blanch--the album is a hybrid of rock guitars, dance rhythms, and pop choruses--but songs such as "I Think I'm Paranoid" (a rip of Elastica) and "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" (Depeche Mode, without the chill) sound great no matter what they're called. --Keith Moerer

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