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Garbage - Absolute Garbage

Garbage, Absolute Garbage

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

LED by the iconic figure of Shirley Manson and completed by Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig, Garbage are one of those bands you never realised you liked so much.

Having sold 12 million albums since releasing their eponymous debut in 1995, the band have continued to belt out the hits amid illness, surgery, creative disagreements, major life changes and – depending on who you asked at different times – either a break-up or a much-needed sabbatical.

At the height of their success, they were responsible for extremely chart-friendly hits such as Stipid Girl, Milk and, of course, Only Happy When It Rains – not to mention James Bond theme The World Is Not Enough.

They even defied expectation by putting out a successful new album in 2005 with Bleed Like Me before announcing an indefinite hiatus mid-world tour that same year.

Well, now they’re back with a greatest hits album, a new song and it’s anyone’s guess how long they’ll stay together.

But for now Absolute Garbage offers an irresistible opportunity to delve back through the hits and remember how good they were in their prime.

Songs like the effortlessly laidback Milk and Queer remain as thrilling now as they did upon release, while in Only Happy When It Rains they have an anthem in waiting for the summer of 2007 (should they decide to give it a re-release to splash in).

Other firm favourites include #1 Crush, from the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack, I Think I’m Paranoid with its delicious “bend me, break me, anyway you need me” chorus, the impossibly upbeat rock out that is When I Grow Up, the smooth You Look So Fine and, most recently, Bleed Like Me, the title track from their last album.

Less memorable are the likes of that Bond theme and new single Tell Me Where It Hurts but as previously stated, you’ll probably be amazed at just how many tracks you remember and like.

Absolute Garbage is therefore very much an album to dig out from the trash and play over and over again! Watch Garbage videos

Editor’s note: A special edition of the album is available containing a bonus disc of remixes from the likes of Unkle, Massive Attack and Roger Sanchez.

And a Garbage DVD is also due for release, featuring 15 videos, an hour of never-before-seen footage backstage and behind the scenes, live performances and interviews spanning the band’s entire career.

Download picks: Vow, Queer, Only Happy When It Rains, Milk, #1 Crush, I Think I’m Paranoid, When I Grow Up, You Look So Fine, Bleed Like Me

Track listing:

  1. Vow
  2. Queer
  3. Only Happy When It Rains
  4. Stupid Girl
  5. Milk
  6. #1 Crush
  7. Push It
  8. I Think I’m Paranoid
  9. Special
  10. When I Grow Up
  11. You Look So Fine
  12. The World Is Not Enough
  13. Cherry Lips
  14. Shut Your Mouth
  15. Why Do You Love Me
  16. Bleed Like Me
  17. Tell Me Where It Hurts
  18. It’s All Over But The Crying