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No Gods No Masters

Garbage

No Gods No Masters

Seventh album from the American-Scottish alt rockers produced by the band alongside longtime technician/engineer Billy Bush (The Naked and Famous, Neon Trees, Muse)

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Infectious Music
UK Release date
11/06/2021
US Release date
11/06/2021
  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    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
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  2. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    No Gods No Masters is one of the coolest, most vital releases of 2021, let alone one by a band some 30 years and seven albums into their career. Listen and learn
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    On the alt-rock veterans' seventh album, Shirley Manson and co. layer sounds of the past with a futuristic sheen to reveal today's horrors
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    They've added anger to their traditional wall of ferocious sleekness built on sizzling guitars and unyielding electronica. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    Listening to ‘No Gods No Masters’ feels like listening to Garbage again for the very first time, which is a terrifically thrilling prospect
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    It’s a fine outing from an outfit that continues to make compelling music.
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  7. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    Garbage delivers a release that is quintessentially Garbage yet completely in touch with the current age
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  8. 8.0 |   Albumism

    No Gods No Masters is already unique in Garbage’s canon because it tasks its audiences to be the change they wish to see via its content. It’s another innovative measure from an outfit that has made a career of innovative measures; in this way, some things (thankfully) never change
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Fearless rock icon Shirley Manson is back, and she’s got something to say
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  10. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    After 30 years in the game, No Gods No Masters demonstrates Garbage still have plenty to say. And they do so with style, swagger, and verve
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  11. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    With pop stars once again performing garish exaggerations of what seems like real personal trauma, Shirley Manson & co. have timed their return perfectly
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Shirley Manson & Co. take on climate change, racial injustice and her own demons on the band’s spirited seventh record
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  13. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    A trait of the album is that verses are not always ball-grabbingly impressive, with choruses often making up for this
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  14. 7.0 |   Uncut

    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”. Print edition only

  15. 7.0 |   DIY

    Both rhythmic and chaotic, it mirrors the frenetic turbulence of the times that have inspired it
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  16. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    No Gods No Masters, no skips on Garbage’s most danceable album to date
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  17. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album’s eclectic approach is a testament to the band’s refusal to simply mine the same sonic ground over and over again
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  18. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A rallying cry for social and political justice delivered with their usual distinctive flair, Garbage’s seventh record No Gods No Masters is their most direct and overtly critical to date, making for a visceral, re-energising listen
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  19. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Garbage have well and truly achieved the impossible with No Gods No Masters – creating an album that’s both confrontational and vulnerable at the same time
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  20. 6.0 |   Record Collector

    The political turmoil of recent years has infiltrated Garbage’s often-furious seventh album, with no target off-limits
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  21. 6.0 |   American Songwriter

    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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  22. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's a record which is as brutal, messy and vulnerable as the human condition
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  23. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    As ever, Garbage are at their finest when they add melody and pace to their songbook – best heard here on the punchy, jagged-edged rock of The Creeps, or the vampish, sultry Anonymous (XXX)
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  24. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The album clamours for your attention. Manson and co careen from gothic glam to industrial pop and punk rock, then back again
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  25. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Garbage’s first album in half a decade is the result of a band who hit their stride too early to develop their sound — and because of it, it sounds like it could have just as easily been released any time over the last 25 years
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