Playing God
Garbage – Version 2.0

By: Matt Sheardown

Posted 01/09/2006 - 08:46:40 AM by thepuffin:
 As much as I enjoy "Playing God", myself, I don't think that this album is as much a candidate, as some presented here in the past. 2.0 is an extremely solid album in its present form. I don't feel the that there is a need to bridge a gap to "beautifulgarbage". "bg" was lacked the punch and quality of the first records, and I don't think messing with 2.0 will improve it. If an album needs some overhauling in the Garbage catalogue, it's "beautifulgarbage". As a result of my not liking it (there are a few great tracks, but a lot of misses), I never gave the fourth record a try. I respect what you are trying to do, but I don't think warping an excellent album to make clear path to a mediocre one makes much since.
Posted 01/09/2006 - 10:07:36 AM by mpatton:
 That version of "Kick My Ass" *is* quite good.
Posted 01/10/2006 - 11:27:27 PM by stagger_lee:
 Someone should edit this article for grammatical mistakes.
Posted 01/11/2006 - 10:13:19 AM by jhitting:
 "I Think I'm Paranoid" was the sexiest video out of Garbage's catalogue. Does anyone else remember Shirley Manson lifting up her tight little dress not once, but twice to reveal a sexy pair of matching undies? I certainly do...I was in either 8th or 9th grade at the time--I remember everything that gave me a boner back then.
Posted 01/12/2006 - 01:15:35 AM by woahtigah:
 The best part about this pretentious article is that the differentiation between the shoe-gaze nature of the self-titled album and 2.0 isn't even brought to light. What's even better is that the obvious association of #1 Crush to the self-titled album isn't recognized. Several articles mentioned that Shirley had taken vocal lessions before the recording of 2.0, which is easily recognizable on Temptation Waits. #1 Crush is essentially the last remnant of the imperfect Garbage heard on the first album. It's almost a follow up to the marching anthum of Stupid Girl that gave the first CD it's recognition. It doesn't take much to state that Garbage has blatently fallen into the spell of corporate progression and accessibility to the masses, but to pretentiously approach every Version 2.0 track with a desparate anecdote without valid justification is a little pathetic. No Garbage album will be as great as the first (lovely corporate aggression), but it's easy to say that Version 2.0 was the band's last decent laugh before the pitiful falls into Beautiful Garbage and Bleed Like Me. I give them credit for trying, but the "I don't give a shit who listens to this" atmosphere of the first album is obviously gone. P.S. does anyone else remember an article recalling Shirley's biggest fetish as peeing in a guy's belly button? Gotta love shock value.