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Editors’ Notes

After their debut album proved an alternative band needn’t be ugly and abrasive, nor discard a love for pop music, glamour and overt sexiness to be successful, Garbage decided to gently tweak the formula for their follow-up. Devised by three Midwestern recording engineers — most notably Nirvana producer Butch Vig on drums — who understood how to get a massive sound onto tape, Garbage carefully treaded the line between the music’s natural tension and the automated computer perfection that was within their technologically over-educated reach. Edinburgh-based singer Shirley Manson not only serves as this band of tech geeks’ human image and focal point, she serves to humanize their music as well. Drum loops and expertly edited guitar and keyboards tend towards the cold and impersonal, but with Manson adding her alluring and emotionally ambivalent pipes to well-written tunes such as “I Think I’m Paranoid,” “Temptation Waits” and “Push It,’ the band came to represent a beating heart in danger of being crushed by the computer age.

Customer Reviews

Best pop album of the 90's

I will never forget the first time I heard Paranoid! Living in Colorado in '99 or '00, I didn't have TV and had stayed away from the radio for a while. I was at the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver with a friend when this song came on along with the video on their big screen, and I knew immediately that it was Shirley! Man, what a video and a song. I was hooked, so I went out that day and bought the album, and it has been in my rotation since. In particular, it is my favorite gym music since it is mostly up tempo. As with their first album, the social commentary is sharp here. Paranoid, Sleep Together and Medication all are strong songs that deal with the modern attitudes and problems. Good music and good lyrics on most songs make this one of the strongest pop offerings of our time.

Garbage has never done and album better than this.

Version 2.0 is what caused Garbage to be the huge icon they where in the late 90's. There is a huge consentration of awesome songs on this album. Temptation Waits, I Think I'm Paranoid, When I Grow Up, Special, Push It, and the Trick is to Keep Breathing are the classics here.

May 12, 1998...

...was the release date for this album. I had purchased a copy of their debut when I was 12 years old and it was in rotation right up until this album was dropped in '98. Thus began my OBSESSION for Garbage and continues to present day. I bought this album on the day it was released and remember all of these songs by heart. Not just the words, but the guitar solos, drum samples, etc...My personal favorite track is "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" but this album is flawless and I highly reccomend the whole thing.


Formed: 1993 in Madison, WI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Garbage built on the sonic landscapes of My Bloody Valentine, Curve, and Sonic Youth, adding a distinct sense of accessible pop songcraft. The band was the brainchild of producers Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker, who initially held an informal jam session in Marker's basement, but they eventually...
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