Garbage - Alt-Rock Legends Venture Into the Dark Again With Strange Little Birds
This their sixth album is worth buying or streaming, despite it's chart performance. Very quickly I'd point out that it's a solid 3½ Stars.
Shirley Manson's harrowing vocal bleeds with sadness throughout. The band says that the album was written and recorded over a two year span. The songs deliver a signature sound of guitar-orchestration blended with industrial textures. You might even think you're revisiting the 90's while listening.
The songs are all good, and the instrumentation tightly fits with prominent vocals. The track listing is perfect in allowing some tracks to stand out more. The overall here is that this is really a good album, and a change of pace from much of the sloppy drivel getting produced these days.
Shirley Manson says: “I feel like the musical landscape of late has been incredibly happy and shiny and poppy. Everybody’s fronting all the time, dancing as fast as they can, smiling as hard as they can, working on their brand. Nobody ever says, Actually, I’m lost and I don’t have a fucking clue what I’m doing with the rest of my life and I'm frightened.”
Shirley Manson is our gloomy mysterious alt-rock diva, and here she, and her partners in time, deliver us from a sickly overly happy, poppy, pop landscape, and for this, we are grateful.
Garbage rocks...and this album lets you know loud and clear who they are, and what they're all about.
Best Tracks: “Empty” - “We Never Tell” - “So We Can Stay Alive” - “Teaching Little Fingers To Play”