Two kings of the indie dancefloor unite for a warm, timeless take on 20th century pop and rock
Imaging the mind that invents something as calculated as Garbage....
'The Thrill Kisser' (their debut) is a classic ooh-it's-nearly-the-end-of-the-millennium album, swimming with electronic trickeries, urban mutterings and healthily crunchy rhythms. Curiously familiar it may be, but knock them not for their commercial munificence, as 'Raincheck' is as meticulous as postmodern-day U2, 'Disconnected Child' grapples with Underworld's weary grittiness and 'Don't Say' is Underworld and U2 being a bit narcoleptic together.
Points off for 'Viva' because it is a bit like INXS and includes the line "Viva! La Revolution!" which, as any fool knows, is only ever shouted by old punks who don't know what decade it is. Otherwise, the only problem here is that one suspects that much of 'The Thrill Kisser''s futuristic soundscapes will sound tremendously old-fashioned come 2001. Then again, won't we all...
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