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Version 2.0

Garbage

1998

Version 2.0
Album Summary

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Version 2.0 is the second studio album by American rock band Garbage. It was released on May 11, 1998, by Mushroom Records worldwide, with the North American release on Almo Sounds the following day. With this album, the band aimed to improve and expand upon the style of their 1995 eponymous debut rather than reinventing their sound. Lead singer Shirley Manson wrote dark, introspective lyrics, which she felt complemented the songs' melodies. Version 2.0 was a commercial success, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, France, and New Zealand, and earning platinum certifications in several countries. The album has sold 1.7 million copies in the United States and four million copies worldwide. Building on framework sound and style Garbage established on their debut set, Version 2.0 featured musical references to the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, songs featuring live strings, over 100 recorded tracks, and an interpolation of the Beach Boys and The Pretenders. The band said that the goal of Version 2.0 was to create a "rapprochement between the high-tech and low-down, the now sound and of golden memories." Butch Vig stated that the band did not want to reinvent their sound, as they "felt that we had carved our own turf on the first record and we wanted to take everything we did and make it better". In 1999, it was nominated for Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. The album's third single "Special" was further nominated the following year for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

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3.33

Votes

73

Genres

  • Rock

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

7/10. I think this was a bit worse than Garbage, but still definitely felt like listening to Garbage.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
4

Yeah, good stuff, but I wonder what this adds that the other garbage record didn't?

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

Garbage will always have a special place in my heart.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
4

Haven't listened to this in forever. Great 90s album. Thanks for suggesting.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
4

I don't think it quite hit the amazing highs of their debut, but this was still a super catchy and fun 90's rock joint.

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Tue Feb 06 2024
4

Gimmicky tottering toward the millennium this absolutely is. And I have a soft, soft spot for that. In not committing to the more industrial rock bits (Dare I say Manson? Dare I admit to early Skillet?) Garbage proves that those neo-instruments can be good, actually, without art-school pretension. A bit of sadomasochism, though, is apropos.

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Mon Feb 12 2024
4

Didn't feel a connection with this album, but there are some good songs

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Mon Mar 18 2024
4

Always good to go back to this one, some happy 90s memories

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Thu Dec 14 2023
3

This band was a very meh affair in the 90s imo, and I haven't really changed my opinion there. There aren't any real big banger tunes going on. Everything is mildly catchy, but that's not enough on its own. At least half their appeal was "omg Butch Vig" and some weird idol worship of Shirley Manson. I didn't understand it then, still don't. Not a bad band, not complete garbage(!), but there would have been THAT MANY bands doing something very similar, probably better, that we just never heard of... 3/5.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
3

Garbage has mostly seemed like straight ahead rock and roll - good and I don't mind listening to it, but I'm not sure it was distinguished by much more than syle.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
3

This is lots of good fun, but I'm not sure it's better than the Garbage album that's on the real list already!

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Fri Jan 19 2024
3

Had a couple of good songs and was generally listenable. That being said, I think this was a step back from their album that ended up on the list. 6/10

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Sun Feb 11 2024
3

Riding high on my post-Nirvana obsession, I ofcourse had to get Garbage's debut album. Anything somehow related to Nirvana was a must to dive into (even if it was only the producer of Nevermind, who apparently could play drums). The debut album was actually quite good! Then a few years later version 2.0 came along. Again, quite good, but not as fresh and new as the debut album. More of the same: catchy tunes, great vocals and all-in-all a 'decent' record. Then years went by and somehow I never revisited it after those initial few spins when it came out. It didn't 'stick'. Hearing it again now brings back fond memories, but this will most likely be the last time I will ever listen to this record in it's entirety.

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Sun Feb 11 2024
3

I thought the debut was better, less polished. But not too bad.

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Sat Feb 17 2024
3

Ca s'écoute super bien. On parle de moins reconnu que le gargabe 1.0 Je suis pas certain, je me souviens pus d premier mais celui-ci est super donc même note. Je vais réécouter Garbage 1 et me refaire une tête . 3.5

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Tue Feb 20 2024
3

Garbage definitely existed in that weird alt-rock meets the new technologies and styles of digital production and electronica. Always was just "ehh it's fine but not my thing" for me. I can tolerate it in small doses.

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Tue Mar 19 2024
3

Back in the day they were considered a manufactured band of top producers trying to get some limelight and a pretty girl to provide the image for success. There is certainly some truth to this, but their longevity as a group, far greater than the vast majority of 90s bands, also speaks in their favor. This second album built on the success of the first thanks to its hits. But as with all of their discography, after two or three hits there was a lot of filler material

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Wed Jan 31 2024
2

Manson has a cool voice but beyond that this album isn't very exciting.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
1

One Garbage album on the list is plenty.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
3

I like Garbage overall. The songs are good and I like her voice, but I'm not the biggest fan of the way its mixed. I don't really have the words to describe what I mean, but the instruments all sound sort of mushed together. 3 stars.

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