[Single Review] Garbage ‘Blood For Poppies’

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I’ve been listening to Garbage for more years than I can remember. Shirley Manson’s voice is one of the more memorable aspects of music from the 90’s. The music only reinforces the power of the band. Ranging from aggressive to mellow to heavy rock to ambient electronica, often times within the same song, Garbage has an appeal that is impossible to deny.
Now, with a new album, Not Your Kind Of People, coming out May 15th, the spotlight is back on and the music world is waiting with baited breath. To give fans a taste of their return, Garbage has released a new single, “Blood For Poppies”. How does it stack up against the hype?

Alright, I’m going to just say it flat out: I love this song. I feel like I’m 15 years old again, blasting “I Think I’m Paranoid” or “Only Happy When It Rains” as loud as I can get away with. Perhaps my utter joy with this song is due to my nostalgia of my Garbage-listening days. At the end of the day, I don’t really care because I’m still playing this song over and over.
Full of trademark dynamics, fuzzed guitars, and electronic textures, Blood For Poppies is a high energy mid-temp song that had me nodding my head through pretty much the whole thing. The verses have light elements of Siouxsie And The Banshees while singer Shirley Manson breezes effortlessly through lyrics that are just shy of tongue twisters. The bass is thick and rounded, providing a deep resonance.
The chorus is something that I guarantee will be chanted wildly at Garbage concerts. I can’t put my finger on why but this chorus just puts a huge smile on my face.
The Final Word: If “Blood For Poppies” is what Not Your Kind Of People is going to be like, then I can already see Garbage making my ‘Best Of 2012’ list. Now excuse me while I go blast this song some more.
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