Dave Says -
Garbage has had plenty of ups and downs since their 1995 self-titled debut CD. The nearly instant success of songs like "Only Happy When It Rains", "Queer", & "Stupid Girl" set their sights high and let everyone knew who they were. They even caught the attention of me. Now that is definitely saying something. Look at all the other bands you saw me write about. Now throw Garbage into the mix. One of these bands is not like the others. Something about Shirley Manson and her band of co-conspirators lured me in even though it wasn't my usual genre of music. Their music, you can't really categorize so easily. A little poppy but with instruments, with an alternative feel. But at the same time some stuff like "Vow" is more rock driven. Another thing they had going for them is they didn't fall into the sophomore slump with "Version 2.0" either. They stayed true and kept heading in the right direction.
Now it’s 2021 and we almost didn't make it this far. There was a 4-year hiatus between "Beautiful Garbage" (usually everyone's least favorite record) and "Bleed Like Me" (an amazing comeback, if you can call it that). Then there was another 7 years until "Not Your Kind of People". Now it’s been another 5 years since "Strange Little Birds" when the gang came back with "No Gods No Masters". A lot of gaps in their recording but my opinion is this-- I'd rather a band take their time and do it right instead of rushing something out there that will disappoint fans.
"Uncomfortably Me" sums up my entire essence in a song.
The melancholy "Waiting for God" is nothing short of enchanting. The "Anonymous XXX" hypnotic rhythms just physically put your body into drive and shift into the right gear. "Flipping the Bird" gives off all the attitude you need.
At the end of this journey, 11 tracks make up this spectacular record that was a long time in the making. A lot had to happen and the stars had to align up to have this turn out the way it did.
If you shell out a few extra dollars, you can get the deluxe edition that has a bonus CD with another 8 songs that have been on various Record Store Day releases over the years including some collaborations. "Starman", "Because the Night" and the fabulous "Destroying Angels" are standouts on Disc 2.
One thing I have always loved about this band is their use of extra songs. Every time they had a single, they would have a couple B-Sides (or, more appropriately fan-dubbed "G-Sides") that didn't make the record. And these weren't just throwaway songs either. "13 X Forever", "Lick the Pavement", "Can't Seem to Make You Mine", and "Thirteen" are just a handful of stellar tracks that could have easily made any one of their CDs. A catalogue of songs awaits you, all guided by Shirley's voice taking the lead.
Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
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Susan Says -
I listened to No Gods No Masters after Dave recommended it to me and I'm so glad he did. I totally agree with Dave that this album seems to be majorly influenced by the ever changing world around us. The first song, "The Men Who Rule the World" is a massive middle finger in the air to the governments who are destroying society, not just in the USA, but in the wider world.
Each song is individually powerful, with thought provoking lyrics and haunting melodies as well as old school rockish given a new burst of life.
I've already added multiple songs to a number of book playlists!! Thanks Dave!!
Standout tracks for me: The Men Who Rule the World, The Creeps, Uncomfortable Me, Wolves, Godhead, A Woman Destroyed, No Gods No Masters, Because the Night ft. Screaming Females and Destroying An Angel's.
Susan Harris is a writer from Cork, Ireland and when she’s not torturing her readers with heart-wrenching plot twists or killer cliffhangers, she’s probably getting some new book related ink, binging her latest TV or music obsession, or with her nose in a book. She is a proud founding Member of the Muser VIPers and is responsible for Melanie not breaking the Website on an almost daily basis!
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