There’s no denying that the band Garbage are a formidable force in music. With the line up that boasts the likes of Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig who are all at the helm when it comes to song writing and production it is no surprise they continue to deliver great albums with much bravado and class. The band started jamming in 2018 for the album that would be No Gods No Masters before the global pandemic turned the world as we knew it on its head. It has been well documented that how the album was first envisioned is quite different to where things ended up harnessing all the craziness, chaos and fear that has swept the world. No Gods, No Masters is political in nature and the music that backs these powerful words is incredible.
The distinctive vocal stylings of Shirley Manson is there but yet again the band defy any sort of labels or being pigeonholed with their bold modern edge sound. Right from the packaging this album whether it is on vinyl, CD or deluxe edition it is screaming to be pick.ed up and played. The opening song The Men Who Rule The World sets the tone and makes the album’s intention very clear powering out of the blocks.
The Frenetic tune The Creeps has a real aggressive punk rock edge to it and Uncomfortably Me is down right classic Garbage all the way. Wolves runs amok with the underlying theme of narcissism and there’s tinges of Bowie and Nine Inch Nails on Godhead. Anonymous XXX and A Woman Destroyed are solid tunes but the clutch moment for me is Flipping The Bird in all its indie splendour.
The bonus disc which comes as part of the deluxe edition is awesome featuring eight additional tracks. Six of those are from Record Store Day releases from 2013 to 2018. The collaborations have me hooked with Girls Talk (featuring Brdoy Dalle), Because The Night (featuring Screaming Females), The Chemicals (featuring Brian Aubert) and Destroying Angels (featuring John Doe & Exene Cervenka). Great to have a copy of stand alone single from 2017 No Horses and the Bowie cover Starman is stellar.
No Gods No Masters is an intriguing listen which grows on repeated listens which should appease even the most staunchest of Garbage fans. Fingers crossed for an Australian tour next year.
Album Review By Rob Lyon