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Absolute Garbage is quite an ironic title for a greatest hits collection, but it's also really fitting... this release certainly isn't garbage, but it presents everything essential about one of the more influential groups of the nineties. As you may know, this mid-nineties alternative electro-rock group made a huge entry with their self-titled debut, which spawned the respectable amount of five hit singles. Their latter releases were each more produced and polished, but at the same time the group lost some of the spontaneity and shimmer of their early works along with their popularity (each album sold less than the previous one). However, every Garbage album contains great songs, and inevitably some of them are missing from this "best of" release although most of them are included.
Absolute Garbage belongs to the minority of chronologically sequenced greatest hits collections, which means that it starts with their first single "Vow" and ends with the previously unreleased track "Tell Me Where It Hurts" and remix of "It's All Over But the Crying". Hence listening to Absolute Garbage is quite an intriguing journey, because you hear how the group has evolved over the years. Especially the quality of production has changed over the years, which isn't surprising at all if you take into consideration that majority of the band members are producers.
All in all, Absolute Garbage does a great job in showcasing this alternative rock band that always had its way with pop sensibilities. It wraps up chapter one of this band's career quite nicely, and the previously unreleased track even hints about new album. Regardless, the band will be on a hiatus for a while, as Butch Vig revealed in a recent interview by Gary Graff (Billboard). "Manson is working on a solo album due in early 2008, and fellow members Duke Erikson and Steve Marker are working on their own projects". Vig also reveals some details about the new Garbage album, and while on the wait for that release, Absolute Garbage offers a great way of reminiscing this band.
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- MAGE (September 20th, 2007)
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