New Release (Stunvolume)
The problem with being ahead of your time is that time tends to catch up. So Garbage’s post-hiatus album mines the same indie-rock/techno-pop mix that sounded radical 15 years ago. It sounds more familiar now, but the solid songcraft and Shirley Manson’s charisma save the day. Manson still does the sexy/dangerous delivery as well as anyone, and she shines on the poppier tracks — notably “Beloved Freak,” which Lady Gaga probably wishes she wrote. Elsewhere the band goes for a more aggressive, guitar-centric sound that works fine; it sounds like Butch Vig is flashing back to the couple of Sonic Youth albums he produced.
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