- Audio CD (12 May 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Stun Volume
- ASIN: B007HTQ1U0
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Not Your Kind of People
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Fifth studio album by the alternative rock group, and their first since 2005's 'Bleed Like Me'. The album was preceded by international lead single 'Blood for Poppies' and also contains 'Battle in Me', 'Automatic Systematic Habit' and 'Big Bright World'. This deluxe edition also includes four bonus tracks.
Formed in 1994, Garbage delivered consistently anthemic electronic rock that occupied airwaves with conspicuous ease in the mid-to-late-90s. The singles Special, Queer and Stupid Girl brought phenomenal success, though they never quite shrugged the impression that they were Butch Vig’s (producer of Nevermind) band of session musicians, despite singer Shirley Manson looking the very epitome of a pop icon. Their run ended in 2005 as they declared a hiatus, amid complaints of their label treating them as a commodity.
It is the opportunity to self-release that has brought about this, their fifth album. Recording in LA for the first time, there’s no discernible difference to the band’s sound; Garbage have returned pretty much exactly as they left. Which could be seen as disappointing, given Manson’s past claim that she was sick of "the loops and the electronics and the guitars", so much so that in 2006 she worked with The Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan on an unlikely-to-ever-be-released solo record.
But Not Your Kind of People quickly makes its mark, with Automatic Systematic Habit strutting into focus with Vocoder vocals and Rolling Stones-aping riffs, while Control conjures the unlikely parallel of The Smiths on steroids. Both demonstrate the joyful abandonment in surrendering yourself to sing-along industrial pop angst.
As with 2005’s Bleed Like Me album, guitars are to the fore. Blood for Poppies should be occupying drive-time playlists as effectively as anything they’ve done in the past, with calculated (albeit fairly nonsensical) vocals: "I don't know why they are calling on the radio." The song also establishes fresh rock'n'roll priorities: "I miss my dog / and I miss my freedom."
Manson denies Garbage succumbed to the recent trend of reunions, but that is exactly what this is. Following her stint acting in TV’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, that show’s loss is our gain. There are misses: the title track is as forgettable as their theme tune to a particularly unremarkable Bond film (The World is Not Enough), while the bitter I Hate Love should have been left scrawled on the toilet wall.
But despite occasional lapses into overproduced mess, the surprise here is their enthusiasm. It might be business as usual compositionally, and public demand for another Garbage album was questionable; but this set will stir interest in both fans and casual listeners alike.
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Top Customer Reviews
The album starts off with "Automatic Systematic Habit" which is a disco filled rock song that has Manson saying she won't be anybody's "Dirty Little Secret", the song has a big pounding beat and some distorted vocals; it's a great way to kick off the album. "Big Bright World" is reminiscent of the Version 2.0 era with its slow build up before exploding into life.Read more ›
This album offers some of their best songs to date, with Control, Sugar and Battle In Me being particular highlights. Like with many albums there are some that'll have you reaching for the skip button so as a collection it's a four-star album; Garbage fans will lap this up.
However, the sound quality of the recordings is what ultimately knocks off a star. It's so heavily compressed and distorted that in places it sounds quite harsh. I'm not a sound-engineer nor have I experience in the mixing room but, at the risk of sounding a bit of an audio-snob, it's pretty obvious even to the untrained ear that dynamic range has been sacrificed for loudness.
Nevertheless, it's good to see the band back in action after seven years.
On a creative level, there's no evidence that the band, the people in the band, or anything to do with the outside world, has occurred at all. The songs continue at the same, grinding, midpaced, "I never really saw you coming in my little prison / your autograph would buy me time" is a sample line (from "Control"), and I don't understand what this means to someone who is 42 (Manson's age). What is this record? An assortment of songs, or something more? It doesn't do anything much.
You can't fault the sonic textures or the production, the layered use of instrumentation, the deft crafting present. But with no progression or movement from the first record, and with no lyrical concession to the changing of the world, the passing of time or the movement of the psyche through the journey of life, there's no feeling of any recognition of anything but abstract concepts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good album.. Prefer older stuff like Version 2, but still really like..Published 8 months ago by AJS
Bought as abirthday present, but unfortunately lost in the post. After contacting seller another cd was sent out at no extra cost. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Latheron