So We Can Stay Alive
Strange Little Birds travels uncharted territories for Garbage, perhaps because the album was released on the band’s own imprint, Stunvolume. Manson admits that the lack of large label controlling interests gave the band new license to experiment, an unprecedented freedom for multi-platinum selling artists. While Birds is reminiscent of the late 1990s album Garbage or Version 2.0 -- especially the wailing wall of guitars on “Empty” -- the departure is a new focus on the cinematic, atmospheric and minimalist loops. Tracks such as “If I Lost You” and “Even Though Our Love Is Doomed” find Manson baring her emotional jugular, which is quite a departure from the guarded armor of her past songwriting.