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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the alternative rock band was produced with Billy Bush.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 11, 2021
    90
    No Gods No Masters is a highlight in their discography and one of their best works to date, a potent and outspoken dose of genre-blending artistry that confidently returns Garbage to their position as a band perpetually ahead of the curve.
  2. Jun 8, 2021
    80
    Though darker than most Garbage releases, No Gods No Masters is no less catchy than the albums that produced numerous hits in the 90s.
  3. 80
    It’s no mean feat that ‘No Gods No Masters’ is not only Garbage’s best album in 20 years – at least – but one that could only have been made now.
  4. Uncut
    Jun 7, 2021
    70
    It’s a big, bolshy set, slightly dated by its industrial-rock dynamics, but there’s no denying the Depeche Mode-ish “Godhead” or (especially) the giallo-ish critique that is “A Woman Destroyed”. [Jul 2021, p.27]
  5. Jun 10, 2021
    70
    Yet as overt and outwardly targeted the likes of ‘The Men Who Rule The World’ and ‘Godhead’ are (“would you deceive me if I had a dick?” Shirley asks on the latter), the album finds space for the introversion that has previously allowed Garbage to cross over.
  6. Jun 9, 2021
    70
    As a whole, No Gods No Monsters reads as an album about deep societal frustrations. Yet it manages to feel light and airy in moments, like the humorously titled, Pet Shop Boys-adjacent “Flipping the Bird.” The emotional texture of each track is what makes it rise above a collection of empty, sloganistic statements.
  7. 60
    The heightened level of fury and overall frustration about the state of society is admirable. Some might say there is not enough of it in today’s music. But that needs to be balanced with songs which beckon you back for another listen, an aspect of the confrontational No Gods No Monsters that too often falls short.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. Jun 13, 2021
    10
    This is their best work since 1998. Absolutely brillant album, with lots of hooks, melodies and great lyrics.
  2. Jun 17, 2021
    10
    Amazing and stunning album to listen to. Probably their best work comparing their previous ones, which they are already great. Grateful howAmazing and stunning album to listen to. Probably their best work comparing their previous ones, which they are already great. Grateful how they're still making music and doing it gracefully. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Brilliant, everything we needed. Dark and moody, just the way fans like it. Expand
  4. Jun 18, 2021
    9
    Now this is more like it. After 3 albums I thought were average, the band has finally made the follow-up to Beautiful Garbage (2001) thatNow this is more like it. After 3 albums I thought were average, the band has finally made the follow-up to Beautiful Garbage (2001) that Bleed Like Me (2005) should have been. Musically and production-wise, this is by far their best since Beautiful Garbage; jagged and abrasive when it needs to be but also atmospheric and gorgeous sounding. And lyrically, Shirley Manson has never been this biting. The only reason this isn't a perfect 10/10 is "Flipping the Bird". Maybe the band felt the record needed a lighter moment by that point, but for me the song is too light, and sticks out against the rest of the material like a sore thumb. Even still, this is an exceptional piece of work from a band I had very nearly given up on. I wasn't going to mention this, but I feel like credit needs to be given to the band/Heba Kadry for their mixing/mastering choices. This is genuinely a gorgeous-sounding record. Kudos to everyone involved. Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2021
    9
    Their best album since Beautiful Garbage. They came back strong with industrial electronic songs and powerful and catchy songs like “TheTheir best album since Beautiful Garbage. They came back strong with industrial electronic songs and powerful and catchy songs like “The Creeps”, “Wolves”, “Godhead” and “Anonymous xxx”. Expand
  6. Jun 11, 2021
    8
    Bold and confident. Their last album echoes here with bit with so much more bite and drama. It's very welcome. Shirley has never sounded better.
  7. Jun 12, 2021
    4
    No es un álbum ni bueno ni malo, le faltó mucho más, siento que se quedó muy plano comparado con sus anteriores proyectos

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