Garbage: “Not Your Kind of People” Initial Impressions

I’m going to say this now before anyone points this out, I am conscious that this post is going to reek of “it’s not as good as it used to be” and “anything new is rubbish”, I’m not a music blogger, I don’t want to be a music blogger, in fact I’m probably rubbish at blogging about music in general but this is something that I wanted to blog about and if you don’t want to read it well… Just don’t.

I bought the new Garbage album today, I’d listened to a couple of the tracks on YouTube and my impression was they sounded okay, but there was something wrong with them that I couldn’t put my finger on. I’ve now listened to the whole album twice in the background while working and I think I’ve realized what the problem is.

I don’t think I could have listened to any of the previous Garbage albums for the first time in the background. Shirley Manson’s voice exudes so much power and (for want of a better word) sex that you are drawn into it, or at least it did…

There are hints of that power in some of the songs, “Battle in Me” for example has it’s moments and, but it never quite reaches the intensity of their previous albums. “Man on a Wire” Is, I think, one of the closest songs to their old levels of intensity but it’s still only a 10 when to be honest I expect Garbage to have turned it up to 11. This album is Garbage by numbers it’s unmistakably Garbage (the band obviously not refuse) and it’s not half bad, but it’s what to me makes Garbage not just another band and that makes me sad.

Note as I’ve been listening to it in the background I’ve not been listening to lyrics, which I probably should have, Garbage normally have quite evocative lyrics, but to me Garbage are about the music and Shirley Manson’s voice. Mostly Shirley Manson’s voice actually, and what’s wrong with this album is Shirley seems to be phoning in her voice, it’s beautiful but like I said before it’s jut missing that extra level of sex.

I have no doubt that this album will grow on me, but it should’t have to… At this point I should probably make some kind of joke about this album being “Not My Kind of Garbage” but to be honest I can’t be bothered. I’m not angry, I’m just a little disappointed.

Shortbread Scrabble Cookies

Okay so they are technically Shortbread Valentine Cookies but I refuse to acknowledge the fact that something so cool could be limited to such a rubbish Hallmark Holiday. All you need to do is get someone to bake 98 of these and you could play and actual game of Scrabble. It might work better if you made them bite size rather than full size cookies….

In fact if you also had a set of scrabble letters you could then replace the cookies with real Scrabble letters on the board and eat the cookies you made a word with…

Actually I’m thinking scrabble shot glasses with a number of shots equal to the point value of the letter. Make a word and you have to drink it! I’m not sure how double/triple scores would work  though but it would certainly even the playing field…

via Can You Stay For Dinner?.

Legomus Prime (Okay That’s a Rubbish Name)

Optimus Prime

The same guy who did the M.A.S.K. Lego figurines has also unsurprisingly done a set of Transformers Lego Models as evidenced above the the Optimus Prime model, which actually transforms! He’s also done a Masters of the Universe set which I can’t be bothered blogging about separately. Look a distraction!
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