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Angelfish

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Media Type: CD
Artist: ANGELFISH
Title: ANGELFISH
Street Release Date: 02/15/1994
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Genre: ROCK/POP

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Shirley Manson (now of Garbage) could be the perkier kid sister of Siouxsie Sioux on, "Suffocate Me," then masquerade as vintage Deborah Harry on, "King of the World." Producers (and Talking Heads alumni) Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth are along for extra period authenticity. --Jeff Bateman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: February 15, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Geffen
  • ASIN: B000003BR1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When one singer leaves their original band to join another & wind up having much larger success than before, it can leave that previous group in the dust to be forgotten for all time. But in the case of Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson, her old band Angelfish had just as much potential and talent to make it on their own before Garbage's future members saw the band's video on MTV, and at last found their frontwoman. As Shirley went on to multiplatinum glories with Garbage, Angelfish's self-titled 1993 debut (and only album) still stands alone as its own singularly fine work.

Stylistically, ANGELFISH leans more towards Garbage's 1995 self-titled debut with its more guitar-based rock textures than the highly-polished techno flourishes of 1998's VERSION 2.0 & 2001's BEAUTIFULGARBAGE. This is mostly thanks to the producership of husband-and-wife duo Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth (both formerly of Talking Heads). In fact, ANGELFISH could be in the vein of the Heads' first album from before Brian Eno was brought into commercialize them. In any event, ANGELFISH is a rocking good time displaying all the qualities that would help make Shirley's work with Garbage such a rousing success.

Charging out of the gates at the beginning is the sexy, glam-rock come-on of "Dogs In A Cage". David Bowie would have given his eyeteeth for a song like this in his DIAMOND DOGS days, but Shirley is just as alluring in her come-on. Who knew that such a dark, yet strangely inviting Scottish lass like Shirley could be so seductive?
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I got this album--most likely the same as the majority of the people who bought this album--because I am a fan of Garbage and wanted to listen to Shirley Manson's older band. I wasn't sure what to expect. As a huge fan of Garbage, and as someone who thinks Shirley Manson is one of the greatest frontwomen of the last 20 years, I decided to give it a chance, with no real expectations, one way or the other.

The result was that I was very pleasantly surprised. The sound of Angelfish was far more primitive than Garbage. Angelfish didn't have the the gloss and the synths of Garbage, so it sounds more stripped down and basic. Compared to Garbage, the songs are more straight-forward and guitar oriented, but still have the same pop-sensibility. The band, Martin Metcalfe (guitar) Derek Kelly (drums) and Fin Wilson (bass) are all competent musicians, but to be honest, aren't of the same caliber as Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker. The entire CD is a fine collection of songs, and although some tracks are better than others, there isn't really any filler. The overall tone/vibe of the album is somewhat dark and cynical, as song titles like "Dogs in a Cage," "Suffocate Me" and "The Sun Wont Shine" would suggests. And as much as I enjoyed these songs, I find that the more pop oriented material are the album's high-points. "You Can Love Her," "Sleep With Me," and "Heartbreak to Hate" remain some of Manson's most memorable enchanting songs to date.

Angelfish was a young band, just starting out, and this was an excellent debut. If Manson had not gone on to sing for Garbage, I imagine they would have improved over time. Angelfish is a relatively short album, only about 35 minutes total. In sum, it's a good, short-but-sweet, somewhat cynical pop album. Although Angelfish's lone album is not as good as anything Garbage has released, it's still a fine album and highly recommended for Shirley Manson/Garbage fans.
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I came across this album listing while looking for other CDs.
When I saw that Shirley Manson was the lead singer of this band, I knew that I had to listen to a few tracks. I was blown away by what I heard, of course I am biased because I love Shirley as a vocalist. Keep in mind that Angelfish and Garbage are two different types of music. Nonetheless, I love both group's albums.
Some of the best songs on Angelfish's album are "You Can Love Her", "Sleep with Me", "Suffocate Me", "Heartbreak to Hate", and my personal favorite "King of the World." Shirley reminds me of Deborah Harry (Blondie) when she belts out this tune.
Make no mistake that all ten songs on this album make it worth purchasing.
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I found this album by a pure "stoke of luck" one night while combing through a file of available CDs at a record store..I was amazed to know that Shirley Manson was in another band ( 2 actually.)before joining Garbage. The intro song blasts u into the world of Anglefish, much like "supervixen" does on Garbage's debut album. Don't expect this album to be a pre-Garbage CD...it may have Shirley, but is missing many of the aspects that is making Garbage the succesful band it is. First and for most is the sound. Angelfish is no where near the in depth, electronic, gloom and doom sound that Garbage has come to develop so well. Instead, Angelfish has a less complicated, and sometimes 80's sound to them...but make no mistake, they still know how to rock. Next there are the lyrics...though not as gloomy as Garbage, this band can easily depress anyone's day. "Dogs in a Cage", "King of the World", "The Sun Won't Shine, and "! Mummy Can't Drive" were easily the best songs on the album, but were never heard by public...what a pity. But overall, any hardcore fan of Garbage, or even of Blondie( for Shirley does sound like Deborah Harry on some of the songs.) should buy this CD right away. Although finding it may be a chore, it will be well worth the search.
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