Rock-pop band Garbage were known back in the 1990s for hits like "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains." Their latest album shows a harder edge but keeps the synth-pop-meets-hard-riffs sound vividly, defiantly alive.
Vocalist Shirley Manson offers a strong, pitch-perfect delivery live that touches on a number of different emotions and states.
The Phoenix was small enough to be able to appreciate the deep theatricality of Manson's presence, a theatricality that has at its core a spine of steel. What with a fairly even male/female ratio of concert attendees, it's obvious the petite Scotswoman's appeal is broad and wide.
Garbage performed the theme song to 1999 film "The World Is Not Enough" during their Toronto tour date. Lead singer Shirley Manson told the crowd that although the band had recorded the song in Canada, they'd never performed it in the country before.