Music: In with the Trash

The electro-rock band Garbage matures in a strong second album

One of the many charms of the electro-rock band Garbage is the group's expectations-lowering name. After all, if you buy a ticket to a movie called Big-Budget Bomb or vote for, say, a gubernatorial candidate named Mr. Lecherous Promise-Breaker, you've got no one to blame but yourself if things turn out bad.

Happily, Garbage's sophomore album, Version 2.0 (Almo Sounds) doesn't live up--or down--to the band's name. The quartet, based in Madison, Wis., and consisting of singer Shirley Manson (originally from Edinburgh, Scotland), guitarists Steve Marker and Duke Erikson, and drummer Butch Vig (who produced Nirvana's album Nevermind), had never played...

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