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Album Review

Future Garbage-woman Shirley Manson fronted this Scottish quartet, and Angelfish is their self-titled debut produced by Talking Heads rhythm section Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. Imagine a garage version of Garbage's studio-honed perfection. Manson sounds a bit like Siouxsie Sioux on "Dogs in a Cage" and "Suffocate Me." On "Heartbreak to Hate," she (and the entire band) does a passable imitation of late '70s/early '80s AOR goddess Pat Benatar. Much of the album is marked by grinding guitars, moody keyboards and pounding drums, which leaves many of the songs indistinguishable. There are a few scattered gems: "King of the World" is an uptempo, singalong delight replete with new wave guitars, and on "The End," Manson shows her affection for Chrissie Hynde. Lastly, the band offers a cover of Holly Vincent's "You Can Love Her" with a sultry, longing vocal by Manson. Not a memorable record, but, at times, an interesting one for those with more than a passing yen for Manson.

Customer Reviews

Good listen

This is a must for people who are obsessed with Garbage, as Shirley was in this band. This cd isn't nearly as good as most of Garbage's songs, but it is a fairly good listen. Standouts are "Heartbreak To Hate", "Mummy Can't Drive", and "Suffocate Me". Some of the songs are pretty plain sounding and after listening to them a few times you may get bored of them, but all in all this is a decent cd with some good tracks.

Great Early Shirley

This is a great album! I bought this album right after Garbage first came out and I love it. A lot of the songs have the same beat and format, but it was a great intro to Ms. Shirley Manson- I love Dogs in a Cage and The End- great lyrics! A must have for die hard Garbage fans!

Great Album, A must have for fans of Garbage

This album is really better than the review leads to believe. When I first got it I didnt really think much of it and liked the Garbage stuff better but it grows on you the more you listen. Just give it a try and you'll love it too.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Primarily known as the band that got Shirley Manson first noticed (and eventually recruited) by Garbage, Angelfish was a short-lived project created by former members of the Scottish group Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Although Manson played a limited role in that band (consigned mostly to keyboards and backing vocal duties), she quickly assumed the role of lead singer and frontwoman of Angelfish. Meanwhile, guitarist (and former Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie singer) Martin Metcalf, bassist Fin Wilson, and drummer...
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