Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Garbage [Almo, 1995] ***
  • Version 2.0 [Almo, 1998] A-
  • Beautiful Garbage [Interscope, 2001] *
  • Bleed Like Me [Geffen, 2005] Choice Cuts
  • Strange Little Birds [Vagrant, 2016] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Garbage [Almo, 1995]
if Whale is Tricky without a dark side, Garbage is Whale without Tricky and depressed about it ("Queer," "Supervixen") ***

Version 2.0 [Almo, 1998]
The chrome-plated hooks and metronome hardbeats of this irresistibly dislikable exercise are perfect for a frontwoman whose vaunted sexuality is no more welcoming than Tina Turner's. For those of us with no knack for real-life sadomasochism, how better combine pleasure and pain than to let 12 impregnable theoretical hits march over us in their digital boots? A-

Beautiful Garbage [Interscope, 2001]
the new Annie Lennox--bad dreams are made of this ("Silence Is Golden," "Cherry Lips [Go Baby Go]") *

Bleed Like Me [Geffen, 2005]
"Bleed Like Me," "Why Don't You Come Over" Choice Cuts

Strange Little Birds [Vagrant, 2016]
More precision-tooled lust for the lovelorn from a strange bird you'd think would be too old for this shit ("So We Can Stay Alive," "Teaching Little Fingers to Play") *