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Version 2.0

music reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Version 2.0

Artist: Garbage
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: March 1998
Note(s): Nominated for 1999 Grammy album of the year and best rock album

Review by LarryG
2½ stars out of 4

Version 2.0 is certainly a state of the art dance rock record. Butch Vig is the producing genius behind Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkin's best records and his own band has huge, sleek beats that must be irresistable on the dance floor. Singer Shirley Manson has a big enough personality and interesting enough lyrics that she is never in danger of getting lost in the mix. Push It and I Think I'm Paranoid, with their lyrical allusions to rock classics, are great dance songs without being stupid. But what works on the dance floor doesn't necessarily work on the home stereo. Making it all the way through Version 2.0, with its cold efficiency, can be an ordeal. Manson lacks the warm personality needed to loosen things up. The record works best when it seems less mechanical. Special, has a lighter, layered touch, ending with Manson's humorous tribute to Chrissie Hynde's lyrics and attitude. The frenzied When I Grow Up has an energy that would be welcome in other places.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...By crafting more fully realized tunes, penning lyrics with a specificity that's at once personal and universal, and pumping up the BPMs with an enthusiasm you can feel, these unlikely stars...have created nonstop singles aggregration that's going to make the crap glutting Modern Rock radio suck even worse..." 8 (out of 10) Spin 6/98, pp.130-132

"Ranked #9 on Spin's list of "Top 20 Albums of '98." Spin 1/99, p.91



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