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3WA 2018 #43: Garbage – Bleed Like Me

I double-checked this website’s archives to make absolutely certain that I haven’t reviewed this Garbage record before.


What is it?

Bleed Like Me is the 2005 release from Garbage, a band everyone insists peaked with their Version 2.0 album seven years previously. (They’re still going strong, by the way.)

How does it sound?

Come on baby, sampler mix like me:

Why this pick?

Weirdly enough, this is the first album of theirs I listened to where the band’s style really gelled for me. Not that they’ve actually changed their style all that much over the years, which is why I say “weirdly enough” here. Bleed Like Me clicked into my brain in a way the first three albums… didn’t.

No, I have no idea why. All I can do is roll with what my brain does, sometimes.

Which songs are the highlights?

Out of the first few tracks, I like “Run Baby Run” the best. Toward the end we get “Boys Wanna Fight.” The real core of the record, though, shows up in the center stretch: The outcast anthem “Bleed Like Me,” the political anthem “Metal Heart” (which is remarkably appropriate to 2018), and the sex-positive anthem “Sex Is Not The Enemy.” That trio of songs is worth the album’s purchase price, right there.

Which songs don’t work so well?

“It’s All Over But The Crying” is a quieter breakup song which doesn’t do much for me.

Which album did you almost pick in favor of this one?

Since I already reviewed their latest record a little while ago and there’s nothing I could really say about Version 2.0 which hasn’t already been said… I’m not sure. Not Your Kind Of People, possibly?

Any final thoughts?

For a while there, back in the radio days, there was a divide between the No Doubt / Gwen Stefani fans and the Garbage / Shirley Manson fans. I like to think that I’ve always been on the right side of history on that debate, as to my mind there’s never been a contest.

1 Comment

  1. Here’s what it comes down to: I don’t have any No Doubt on my mp3 player. I have five songs by Garbage on it, though.

    I’ve cheated a bit, I’m afraid. I do own 2.0, but I also have Absolute Garbage, their greatest hits disc. I think I had an AMV idea using one song or another, I don’t remember which exactly, but that’s why I have both.

    I’m beginning to think that Butch Vig is pretty much a genius.

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