Garbage Returns With “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?”

Garbage's contribution to the upcoming U2 Achtung Baby tribute album has arrived... but is it any good?

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


Achtung Baby, U2's landmark coming-of-age album, turns 20 in November. The band plans to celebrate the anniversary with the release of a gargantuan box set, which not only includes the documentary film From The Sky Down, but a tribute album as well, with several different high-profile artists covering each of the album's 12 songs.

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You’ve heard Jack White’s mindblowing take on "Love Is Blindness," and Damien Rice’s "One". Now get your ears around the recently reactivated Garbage’s contribution to AHK-toong BAY-bi, Q Magazine’s all-star tribute to U2’s twenty year old classic Achtung Baby.

This cover of "Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" is the first new music we're heard from Garbage in over four years. Unfortunately, it doesn't come anywhere near the quality of the original, the soaring, heartwrenchingly lovesick emotives of the original traded for a quietly delicate delivery over a digital bath. The track's emotive apex, the "Don't turn around" line repeated towards the end, is squandered here:

If you don't have the original Achtung Baby album, find it immediately. Nevermind the giant-claw Apple commercial weirdness of the old men currently posing as U2 – this album is a documentation of the biggest band in the world at the height of their powers. If you're not familiar with it, there's a solid statistical chance that you were conceived to it. 

Garbage is reportedly in the studio working on a new album.