Though '90s intercontinental rock band Garbage first attracted interest due to founder Butch Vig's lofty production resume (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, et al), the group soon earned a reputation (and audience) fully on its own merits. With a wide range of influences including trip-hop, punk, glam, new wave, and hip-hop, the band rocketed to stardom in the mid-1990s on the strength of sex symbol Shirley Manson's voice and image and the layered-but-accessible sound that became a Garbage trademark.
Japanese edition of their 1998 & second album with ''Lick ThePavement'' & ''Thirteen'' added as bonus tracks. 14 tracks total, also featuring the single ''Push It''. A Mushroom/ BMG release.
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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