Picks and Pans Review: Beautifulgarbage
Even rock stars have to grow up sometime. Or do they? This is Scottish singer Shirley Manson's great dilemma on the unapologetic "Shut Your Mouth," on which she deliberates selling out and settling down. Which is not to say that her Madison, Wis., bandmates stagger under the burden of 35-year-old Manson's midlife crisis.
On Garbage's third disc, buzzing guitars and playful electronica power hook-heavy retro cuts like "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)" and "Can't Cry These Tears." But the band's best work, as always, is on obsessive, self-deprecating love songs like "Cup of Coffee," which explores post-breakup friendship, and the powerful "Drive You Home."
Bottom Line: Collect this Garbage