98 Garbage: Strange Little Birds

OK, this has really pissed me off: look at the cover of their debut album:

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Now look at the cover of ‘Wee Dirty Birdies’:

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Nice symmetry, no?

+3

I’ve not followed Garbage religiously

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but I remember their first album, because they were a relatively big deal towards the end of the last century seeing as they were made up of two hideously geriatric old men who claimed 100% responsibility for ‘Nevermind’ and fronted by one of the world’s greatest gingers who packed enough personality to successfully combat the dangerously toxic scent of boring old Dad rockers. I was knowledgable enough to remember its cover, so seeing how their sixth album was presented I excitedly assumed that they’d kept up an admirably consistent aesthetic throughout their 54 year career

+6

Wait… Butch Vig and The Other One were fucking geriatric when Garbage started! How old are they now!? Ew. Ew, ew, ew. Ew

-7

But frustratingly, a quick glance at their back catalogue reveals that they spit in the face of visual regularity! I mean, sure, they released ‘Not Your Kind of People’ in 2012:

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which at least keeps up their Original G demeanour, but they also released shit like this:

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and absolute nonsense like this!:

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‘Original G’, that was a fucking brilliant line, I’m absolutely wasted on the seven people who might read this

+8

The music’s great though, absolutely thrilling bubblegum goth

+3

Bubblegoth?

+2

Gothlegum!!

+5

Including some great chug-a-chug riffs that are worthy of a decent

5 Guns n Roses Points

It can ocassionally threaten to get just that little bit too silly, but I’m always a fan of artists attempting even minor stylistic adjustments late in their career, and ‘Dirty Wee Birdies’ is at the very least as justifiably existent and relevant as a thousand Pixies albums

+5

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Metacritic: +76

Length 52 minutes –6

Best Lyric: ‘Now you want to say you’re sorry/Now you want to call me crying/Now you gotta see me wilding/Now I’m the one that’s lying’ +1

Is the last song just the fi**rst track but played on Ukulele? No -1

Total 75

Pics stolen from:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bleed-like-me-remastered/id1043437370

https://www.discogs.com/Garbage-Beautiful-Garbage/master/26067

https://genius.com/Garbage-not-your-kind-of-people-lyrics

https://www.thebeijinger.com/blog/2010/03/24/beijing-s-restaurant-scene-7-years-ago

http://www.jadeannahughes.com/fromtheinside/2016/6/10/review-garbage-strange-little-birds

https://genius.com/albums/Garbage/Garbage

 

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