Getting older, stupider, dunno, but this is my kind of music. I was impressed by Garbage back in the mid 90’s, God knows how six years has been gone for good since Garbage’s last studio album, 2005’s “Bleed Like Me”, and almost out of the blue, “Not Your Kind of People” is like a fresh breath of air after spending too much time under the water, it sounds just like… Garbage.
Label it “Alternative Rock” or throw it in any other drawer or box, this is actually a quite genre-less music, Pop and Rock elements are perfectly melted into something new, charming, groovy, catchy music, designed for mainstream, but definitively not the fancy, usual, tasteless, predictable and forgettable plastic. If I would have to say only a very few words, I would say it feels good, sounds great and leave you with the taste of a thing well done.
No revolution, no “pushing of the envelope”, nothing “cutting edge”, but everything in its right place and done not only with brain, but soul too. Almost each and every song have its hook, gets under your skin, enter through your ears and echoing inside for a while. Maybe this is a possible problem, everything it’s suspiciously good and it’s harder to point out something outstanding, pick favorites. While most of the nowadays albums have two or three better songs designed to sell the whole album, Garbage afford to release two different songs as leading single, “Blood for Poppies” will promote the album internationally, while in the United Kingdom, “Battle In Me” is being marketed as the album’s lead single. And they almost could pick any other songs. “Battle In Me” is a noisier, more rocking track, regarding their choice, surprisingly American type of anthem, while “Blood for Poppies” have a quite funkier vibe, almost sounds like a modern version of The Clash, so further British. Probably intentionally twisted, but fun.
01 – Automatic Systematic Habit
02 – Big Bright World
03 – Blood For Poppies
04 – Control
05 – Not Your Kind Of People
06 – Felt
07 – I Hate Love
08 – Sugar
09 – Battle In Me
10 – Man On A Wire
11 – Beloved Freak
During the six years since Garbage’s last studio album the band members found themselves involved in various projects – Butch Vig produced albums and tracks by Green Day, Foo Fighters, and Muse, while Shirley Manson recorded an unreleased solo album and made her professional acting debut as a series regular on “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
The band began work on their fifth studio album in October 2010 and “Not Your Kind of People” is set for release on May 14, 2012 via the band’s own independent label, Stunvolume Records.
While “Bleed Like Me” peaked at a career-high #4 in the U.S., “Not Your Kind of People” will definitively not fail the bands fans and the critics.
I definitively love this pulse, the vibe of the album, sounds and feels absolutely alright.