It may have been over 20 years since their classic debut, but Garbage are growing old gracefully.
Their sixth release, ‘Strange Little Birds’, is a thrilling synthesis of the band’s most endearing features; quasi metal riffing, with Shirley Manson’s devilishly seductive croon and huge industrial pop hooks. Vivacious lead single ‘Empty’ reigns in the angst and the nostalgia amid a misty drone of My Bloody Valentine guitars while closer ‘Amends’ is a propulsive wave of juddering trip-hop.
There are a few moments that feel oddly dated or too by-the-numbers, but otherwise, this is an engaging return from the gothic dance-rock four-piece.
Words: Luke Winstanley
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