No Gods No Masters

Garbage - No Gods No Masters
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Based on 29 reviews
2021 Ratings: #337 / 514
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Based on 129 ratings
2021 Ratings: #451
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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.


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


Arguably Garbage's most political record, No Gods No Masters is simultaneously novel and familiar. It's a stark reflection of the recent overwhelming angst.


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


It’s no mean feat that ‘No Gods No Masters’ is not only Garbage’s best album in 20 years – at least – but one that could only have been made now.


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.

Evening Standard

While the band’s sixth album, Strange Little Birds, sounded flat-out miserable, this seventh is furious.

The Forty-Five

No nineties dinosaurs here – the American alt-rock band are a force to be reckoned with on a seventh album that proves their enduring influence and relevance.


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.


Faster and friskier than expected, No Gods, No Masters is their strongest album since Version 2.0.


On their seventh album, Garbage are righteously angry about the chaotic state of the world.

Slant Magazine

No Gods No Masters suffers from a few too many ideas and stylistic excursions, but in a business where stasis means certain death, its eclectic approach is a testament to Garbage’s refusal to simply mine the same sonic ground over and over for an easy profit.


As a whole, No Gods No Masters reads as an album about deep societal frustrations. Yet it manages to feel light and airy in moments ... The emotional texture of each track is what makes it rise above a collection of empty, sloganistic statements.


Both rhythmic and chaotic, it mirrors the frenetic turbulence of the times that have inspired it.


Strange Little Birds from 2016 was a belting return to form for Garbage, and although No Gods No Masters has its moments, it’s not quite at the same level.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Throughout No Gods No Masters they don’t just march in these demonstrations, they absolutely strut.

Rolling Stone

For all of the group’s abundant signature moves on No Gods No Masters, the record never feels like a nostalgia bid.

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.

Classic Rock

These days it's not news that the world has gone nuts, but Garbage present their bulletin with controlled rage.

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.

The Arts Desk

It's a record which is as brutal, messy and vulnerable as the human condition.

American Songwriter

The heightened level of fury and overall frustration about the state of society is admirable ... 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.

The Independent

It’s a helter-skelter experience strung together by Manson’s fight-the-power songwriting. Whether it’s delivered in shouty rage or hushed menace, the message is clear: the world is terrible.

The Irish Times

These themes of virtue, sorrow and sin are undoubtedly admirable, but they don’t always land with the intended effect. Too many songs on No Gods No Masters are mired in grimy, moody musical palettes that sound dated and clunky.

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.

Garbage have still got it - and I'm telling you that It would be foolish to ignore this release based on the fact they're just another old 90's band.

Shirley Manson sounds as determined as ever and delivers a masterclass in blunt, no holds barred and (very much) relevant lyricism that she is known for. Proving that even getting old doesn't mean you need to fall off.

The modern production and having a little more emphasis on their electronic influence makes it sound fresh too. Their vocal ... read more
On ‘No Gods No Masters’ Garbage take their best stab at the structures of late-stage capitalism.

Kicking off with Nintendo-arcade-pokies sounds INXS guitar-funk colours the album opener and fills the gaps on ‘The Creeps’. ‘Uncomfortably Me’ is grimey and trip-hop laden while ‘Wolves’ sees Garbage at their most angular.

Here Butch Vig creates a textured, propulsive and invigorating dynamic but the real MVP today is vocalist/lyricist Shirley ... read more
It’s relatively normal for long-lasting bands, over the years, to lose a bit of their hand when creating their songs. Look, for example, at Weezer, who at the beginning of their career, in the 1990s, were making the best alternative rock songs but years later were delivering the worst works of the genre. Or even the great timeless rock idols like Bruce Springsteen, who had his 1970s and 1980s as the best ever seen in a music career, but his 1990s was one of the weakest. It is relatively ... read more
When I was first getting into music around the mid-90’s, alt rock was my jam and Garbage was one of my favorite bands, with their blends of heavy guitars and electronica, along with having a fiery redhead front-woman in Shirley Manson. During that time they released a stellar self-titled debut and even stronger Version 2.0 in 98’, but since then have continued to release albums that hit the mark, until now since their seventh album No Gods No Masters is a true return to form that ... read more
Garbage - No Gods No Masters

Genre: Alternative Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 60% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 285th / 531

Highlight: No Horses

Made me think of:
Wolf Alice
No Doubt
The Cardigans
PJ Harvey
Sheryl Crow
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Track List

  1. The Men Who Rule the World
  2. The Creeps
  3. Uncomfortably Me
  4. Wolves
  5. Waiting for God
  6. Godhead
  7. Anonymous XXX
  8. A Woman Destroyed
  9. Flipping the Bird
  10. No Gods No Masters
  11. This City Will Kill You
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Added on: March 30, 2021