After seven years of silence, Garbage has finally burst back onto the music scene with their latest release Not Your Kind Of People.
According to recent band interviews, Garbage’s lengthy and unexpected hiatus was a result of the pressure and restrictions placed upon them by the previous record label they were signed to, which led the band to self-producing and self-releasing their current album on their very own record label, Stun Volume.
Not Your Kind of People was first released in mid May through iTunes and made available a week later on CD and vinyl. The album is available in two versions, the standard version which contains 11 tunes, and the deluxe version which contains 4 additional tracks.
Not Your Kind of People is an energetic comeback that’s full of the sexy electronic rock that once earned Garbage quadruple-platinum status. The album immediately begins with the dramatic opening of “Automatic Systematic Habit,” which quickly breaks into the loud churning guitars and synths that make up the signature garbage sound.
A few measures in, Shirley Manson finally sings “Lies! Lies! Lies!,” with a voice full of plenty of power and attitude, confirming to the listener that Garbage has returned with a treat for the airwaves.
Amongst the albums first four energy driven tracks is their first single “Blood for Poppies” which, regardless of its endless radio play, should be listened to through headphones in order to appreciate the detail, effects and vocal arrangements that the band has put into this song (as well as the entire album).
The album’s title track, “Not Your Kind of People,” is a mellow dreamy lullaby-like tune about being different and an outcast but yet being genuine and honest. One can almost assume that Manson’s words are in reference to the fact that the band never really fit into any specific type of music scene.
Within the extra songs found only on the deluxe version is the tune “What Girls Are Made Of,” which exudes an 80’s sound that, with its twangy guitar, is reminiscent of early The Cure and before Manson’s vocals kick in one would almost expect to hear Robert Smith’s voice. Overall, this well crafted comeback album has plenty of energy driven as well as mellow tunes that are worth adding to your collection and with the deluxe version only being about a $3.00 price difference it certainly makes more sense to purchase the deluxe version.
Garbage’s Not Your Kind of People proves that the band still has plenty of magic up their sleeves and plenty of steam to run on. The album has been well received and Garbage seems to be a bit surprised, as a recent @Garbage tweet states “U.S. Darklings! We have the #1 independent alternative record in the country. So nuts you have our weirdo backs! We’re shocked. After 7 years.”
Hopefully the music world doesn’t have to wait years again for another release.
Album: Not Your Kind of People
Label: Stun Volume
Pick up a copy of Not Your Kind Of People on iTunes.