Out of the many shit cds being released today, the debut
release by garbage is intense, psychotic, shimmering, and
beautiful. garbage consists of Butch Vig, Steve Marker, Duke
Erikson, and Shirley Manson. This group has taken samples and
loops from other music and added to it guitars, drums, and vocals
to create a burning intensity that will wake up your mind and scare
your soul. Manson, formerly with Angelfish, has vocals that taunt
the listener, intriguing him/her to come closer and stare into the
abyss. She has this waifish look, but her voice changes from a
sultry, come hither sound to an obssessed, hypnotizing tone and
then returns to girlish innocence.
The whole cd has a dark, melancholic feel, and it wraps you
up, numbing your resistance to its charm. The songs burrow into
your mind, flashes in the dark, perverse side of human nature.
Manson sings of acceptance, obssession, self-destruction,
depression and plain old unhappiness. Place those lyrics against
a backdrop of driving guitars and sound effects, and you find
yourself entranced by the abyss. If you're not careful, you may
fall in and drown under its spell. "Queer" and "Stupid Girl" have
gotten quite a bit of airplay, but there are many notable songs,
including "Only Happy When it Rains" (my personal fave), "Fix Me
Now," "A Stroke of Luck," and "Vow." One listen, and you will be
COMPELLED to buy this cd.
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