Bleed Like Me - Garbage
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  • Summary: 'Bleed' marks Shirley Manson and Butch Vig's first Garbage album since 2001. Dave Grohl guests on one track.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Humongous hooks. [15 Apr 2005, p.77]
  2. There are no real surprises on Bleed, but as a return to the steady Garbage ferocity of old, it's first rate. [May 2005, p.134]
  3. The first two-thirds of Bleed Like Me is easily the best sustained run of studio Garbage since the opening half of their 1995 debut.
  4. While Manson's changeling vocals are always worth listening to, Garbage's songs often aren't.
  5. The album is full of big rock guitars anchored to big rock effects, but it somehow never manages either to sound big enough or to rock hard enough.
  6. While 'Bleed Like Me' is easily better than 'Beautiful Garbage', it's still not worth buying. It's recognisably Garbage, but it's unarguably garbage too.
  7. The absence of memorable hooks and catchy choruses is obvious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 93
  2. Negative: 8 out of 93
  1. Jan 1, 2013
    Once you get into the core of the album, it's really hard to understand why this is deemed to be the Garbage's "weakest" record, as nothing of it is bland and it's clearly one of the band's most powerful records. The album lacks the electronica and loops that characterized the band's previous works but it has instead really pure guitars and "raw" drums. Add to that that Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl provides drums on tracks "Bad Boyfriend" and excellent drummer Matt Walker on the rest of most tracks. This album is explosive! Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    Amazing album! Garbage once again proves critics wrong! This album to me is a masterpiece. Shirley Manson sounds and looks as better than ever. Great album! Expand
  3. May 17, 2012
    Garbages 4th album goes against the individuality they are reknowned for, and blends largely into generic pop rock. It is still a very listenable and melodic collection, it is just a little bland compared to previous albums. Standout songs are Bad Boyfriend, Why Do You Love Me? And Metal Heart. Expand
  4. Jan 10, 2013
    I personally think this album is the closest you could get to 1995's "Garbage." Extremely well written and well performed. A fantastic album. Garbage always will keep you entertained. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2014
    I love it! They definitely redeemed themselves after "Beautifulgarbage." Shirley's vocals are great, and the songs are catchy. The best songs are "Bleed Like Me," "Sex is Not the Enemy", and "Why Don't You Come Over." Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    The first half of this album is amazing, well produced and a classic. Around track 7 (Sex is not the enemy) things start to wobble and we lose that amazing energy seen in such classics as "Why do you love me", "Bad Boyfriend" and "Bleed Like Me". Expand

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