Those approaching Beautifulgarbage expecting more of the same (that is, its predecessor, Version 2.0) are in for a wonderful surprise. Beautifulgarbage finds bandmates/ co-producers Butch Vig, Steve M

Those approaching Beautifulgarbage expecting more of the same (that is, its predecessor, Version 2.0) are in for a wonderful surprise. Beautifulgarbage finds bandmates/ co-producers Butch Vig, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson, and diva supreme Shirley Manson eschewing disco-infused electronica foundations for more straight-up rock'n'pop, with a '60s girl-group/ Phil Spector bent. In fact, "Can't Cry These Tears Anymore" is the best song the Shangri-La's never recorded. The anthemic "Parade" is lyrically deft, questioning all those cookie-cutter wannabes. With the spiky (and transgendered) "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)," replete with "Chapel of Love"-styled wedding-bell chimes, Garbage has created a storyline for film director Gus Van Sant. Hip-hop shadings also make their presence known on tracks like the first single, the deliciously sexy "Androgyny." Modern tales for modern times, sung by the vocally versatile Manson, make for one of the year's best.—MP