GARBAGE – STRANGE LITTLE BIRDS
Released: Jun 10, 2016
℗ 2016 STUNVOLUME Records
- If I Lost You
- Night Drive Loneliness
- Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
- Never Tell
- So We Can Stay Alive
- Teaching Little Fingers to Play
Reviewed By Karolina Firman
The most recent album by Garbage “Strange Little Birds”, has a strong undercurrent theme, many of the songs revolve around love and loss. It features emotive songs such as “Empty” and “If I lost you”.
This newest album has songs that speak to universal themes of missed opportunities, and the pain that comes from lost love. Garbage are a long time band, having operated for over 20 years after their founding in 1993 in Madison, Wisconsin.
The band is made up of Shirley Manson, (leads and vocals), Steve Marker, (guitar and keyboards), Duke Erikson, (base guitar, keyboards and guitar) and Butch Vig (drums and percussions).
They are described as an alternative American-Scottish band, and their unique sound has won them fans since their debut album ‘Garbage’ which sold over 4 million copies. Since then they have sold over 17 million albums worldwide, and they have released six studio albums, Garbage, Version 2.0, Beautiful Garbage, Bleed like me, Not your kind of people and Strange little birds.
For anyone who has listened to Garbage, you would be familiar with their unique sound, indeed their name comes from a disparaging comment that they sounded like ‘garbage’. They wanted to “take pop music and make it as horrible sounding as we can” according to Steve Marker. Even though the artists style is often described as rock, they have also been described as playing anything from grunge, power pop to techno.
Garbage has maintained its 90s flair and sound. Meaning that it’s oddly reassuring listening to any Garbage album, knowing that it will have the same consistent style. This is a great album to listen to as you’re driving to work, or feeling nostalgic.