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A welcome return to form (possibly 4.5 STARS),
This review is from: Bleed Like Me (Audio CD)
After their hit-and-miss beautifulgarbage album, the band go back to basics and, fortunately, the result is dazzling. Opener 'Bad Boyfriend', a heart-stopping rock 'n' roller, opens the album on a high note. Run Baby Run is one of the album's strongest and one of my faves. Right Between the Eyes continues the thread of the last two tracks. Another great track. Why Do You Love Me. What can you say? Not only is it the reason I got into Garbage but it's just their best effort since any of the singles off of Version 2.0. A great track. Bleed Like Me, one of 3 ballads on the album, takes time and patience to get into, but nobody does tortured like Shirley Manson. Metal Heart is a good track but not as great as the opening 4. Sex is Not the Enemy is lots of fun with its chanty chorus. It's All Over But the Crying, the second of 3 ballads, is easier to like than Bleed Like Me but lyrically, it's not as great as Bleed Like Me. Boys Wanna Fight is another fun track that you can't possibly dislike. Why Don't You Come Over is the only track that on first and last hand I disliked. It's just very banal and unsatisfying. Closer Happy Home, the last of the 3 ballads, outbests the other 2 easily.
Overall, this album is much better than the last. It's more consistent in quality and all in all, more interesting. Although it may not touch the greatness of 'garbage' and 'Version 2.0', it's a great comeback for the band.
How many good tracks? Ten out of 11
Best track: Run Baby Run
Worst track: Why Don't You Come Over