Bleed Like Meby Garbage
The members of Garbage have been through a lot over the course of the four years since the release of their last album, Beautiful Garbage -- from serious health issues to bouts of infighting that nearly split the band for good. The recovery process hasn't brought about any mellowing, though, as evidenced by the kicking and screaming that permeate Bleed Like Me. In fact, it sounds as if it's had just the opposite effect. The electro-pop tones of their last offering have been replaced by brash, brawling guitars that propel the gnarled "Metal Heart" and the glammy "Run Baby Run." Singer Shirley Manson has also undergone something of an attitude adjustment, abandoning her come-hither approach in favor of a manic delivery that's alternately pissed-off and pleading -- and sometimes, as in the passive-aggressive love/hate missive "Why Do You Love Me?," both in the same breath. Manson's pique reaches its peak on the furiously cathartic "Bad Boyfriend," on which Foo Fighter Dave Grohl returns to the drum kit for a guest appearance. It's the disc's stark title track that really seals the deal, however, with Manson's steely intonation of lines like "You should see my scars" -- referring to wounds that are visible throughout, a sight that would be frightening, if not for the healing and strengthening that's every bit as palpable.
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- Geffen Records
Performance CreditsGarbage Primary Artist
Dave Grohl Drums,Guest Appearance
Shirley Manson Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Marker Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Voices,Noise
Butch Vig Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar
Duke Erikson Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Mellotron
Matt Walker Drums
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass
Technical CreditsSteve Marker Programming,Bass Programming
Butch Vig Programming
Garbage Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Duke Erikson Programming,Atmosphere
John King Audio Production
Sophie Muller Video Editor,Video Director
Ryan MacMillan Drum Technician
Chad Zaemisch Guitar Techician
Billy Bush Engineer
Laura Stockton Fox Production Design
John Stanley King Producer
Mat Maitland Montage
Heidi Herzon Executive Producer
Chris Heuer Drum Technician
Clay Hutson Monitor Engineer
Grant Jue Producer
Mary Ann McCready Management
David Ravden Management
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Okay, I admit, I got into Garbage rather recently, through hearing Bad Boyfriend from this cd on Little Steven's Underground Garage a few years ago. I'm definitely a fan now!! Some real rockers on this cd, with some very good slower songs too. The lyrics are strong and the songs have bite-just what I like to see in a rock album!! They have an excellent sound here and the quality of the songs are very high and consistently so. Garbage has a dark sound which they do very well. I have been listening to rock and music for over 40 years and imo, Garbage is a GREAT band which measure up against just about any band in ANY era. They are also scheduled to release a new cd in 2012 with a tour planned, so be on the lookout.
From the opening strokes of an electric guitar, you already know just how different the direction of this album will be from previous Garbage achievements. After the first four non stop hard rocking tracks, the mood takes a heavy turn on the simply gorgeous title cut. From there it's more hard rock, less electro fuzz that seperates this from what the band has traditionally done. The final cut "Happy Home" deserves special recognition, as being a long time garbage fan myself, I felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck when I heard the song. Think if grunge and new wave spawned a dark son and one that was just seeped in alcohol, sex, sweat and blood; this is that result. In addtion, Manson's vocals share a certain raw and exposed vulnerability that is perhaps her most intense performance to date.
Listening to this CD makes the rest of the music out there really seem like garbage, no pun intended. If you liked the previous CDs, then you will love this one as well. The melodies are beautiful and the lyrics outstanding. The songs here are more raw than the ones on "Beautiful Garbage," which makes for an interesting twist.
I've been listening to Garbage for 10 years and have never been disappointed in a CD. This one absolutely rocks! I can't stop listening to it.
At first when I heard the songs and read the lyrics to them, I thought I would hate the cd (although I absolutely loved the other "Garbage"), but I listened to them a few times and I understood how deep they really were. I am a fan of lyrics and I believe these were some of the best yet. I learned to love the cd and it is now one of my favorites. I would recommend this to anyone who likes rock toward the dark side, and anything else by Garbage. They are an awesome group! :)