Garbage - Bleed Like Me
Welcome to Bleed Like Me, the Garbage album that almost never was. Behind the scenes the band came close to splitting up - so the question is, did they make the right choice by staying together?
Firstly, let's get the style out of the way - for those who thought that Beautifulgarbage went too far towards the pop side of their work, you'll be pleased to know that the emphasis is on the guitars on Bleed Like Me, something clear from the very start, with the Dave Grohl powered "Bad Boyfriend" setting the stage. By the end, you've got that idiot grin on your face, welcoming back an old friend.
The album quickly gets stuck in a rut, though, and tracks pass you by, almost indistinguishable from each other. Sure, there's a few quiet ones, like the title track, but nothing that ever makes you sit up and take notice.
The jewel in Garbage's crown remains Shirley Manson's voice and presence, and it's a near certainty that these songs will translate brilliantly to the energy the band have live. Fans of their rockier stuff will enjoy this far more than the last album, while everyone else might wonder what the fuss is about.