As howling guitars (many taken from the James Honeyman-Scott school of how to make a female lead singer sound ballsy) rip through these thumping songs, Shirley Manson and her bandmates sound absolutely reborn. Guest beatmaster Dave Grohl hammers the opener "Bad Boyfriend" with a malevolent glee that Butch Vig, as good a drummer as he is, could never have mustered. Grohl and new drummer Matt Walker propel Garbage into fresh terrain, driving the songs with a stomping power they always deserved but never received.
| Bleed Like Me |
Garbage's melody-rich songs are still enough to turn new listeners into true believers, from the slash-and-burn power-pop missile "Right Between the Eyes" to the nu-metal cannonball raver "Why Do You Love Me?"
- Ken Micallef