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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Absolute Garbage

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Absolute Garbage
Label: Almo Sounds/Geffen/UME
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Compilation
WorkNameSort: Absolute Garbage
Pop in this best-of and dance around in your underwear. Then, after the novelty of hearing songs from your tortured adolescence wears off, the need to search your car/home for another CD won't be far behind. While Garbage's habit of mixing pop and early-'90s alt-rock was groundbreaking (or at least interesting) at first, subsequent albums have regurgitated the band's signature style to a point where the music is just dated. Songs like 'Stupid Girlâ?� and 'I Think I'm Paranoidâ?� will always be grunge-era classics, but with previous releases, and now this collection, Garbage fans are no doubt salivating for something new. They almost get it from this best-of collection. Along with 18 'hitsâ?� and 13 remixes that find the likes of Crystal Method and Roger Sanchez reprocessing Garbage's already overprocessed sound (hey, at least it's different), fans are treated to 'Tell Me Where It Hurts,â?� a previously unreleased song. 'Tell Me Where It Hurtsâ?� follows the signature Garbage formula of Shirley Manson's half-sultry, half-sedated vocals over some guitars and a studio-added synth symphony, but lacks the passion or energy of earlier releases. On the bright side, at least this time when you buy this CD and all the songs sound the same, you'll be expecting it.

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