Garbage has taken 17 years to release 5 albums and Not Your Kind of People is the first in 7 years; the result is not good. The once very solid band has morphed into something that is far from where they started. With this record it seems that each record released has not been as good as the one that preceded it.
The heavy-hitting lineup that includes the legendary Butch Vig and instant star Shirley Manson has fallen away from what made them great. They have always pushed for a new sound and they have it; unfortunately it’s not that great.
It is never good when the listener can’t tell if their cd is skipping or if it is the song like in “Control.” Many songs sound like they were plucked from a mixtape at a gay disco. Songs like “I Hate Love” and “Battle In Me” are synth-heavy tracks that are boring and monotonous.
Not Your Kind of People is a very frustrating album because you can hear traces of the old Garbage that was so great in the late 1990’s. Any cool part of a song will be trounced by a change in direction soon after. They band’s music actually sounds less mature now than they did in first couple records.
There are a few redeeming moments but they don’t add up to much. “Not Your Kind of People” is a slow burning songs that Garbage have always excelled at and “Blood For Poppies” has some funk that made the album Beautiful Garbage on alright listen. Overall, just pick up the greatest hits album and appreciate what the band once was.
Key Tracks: “Not Your Kind of People” “Blood For Poppies”
“Not Your Kind of People is a very frustrating album because you can hear traces of the old Garbage that was so great in the late 1990’s. Any cool part of a song will be trounced by a change in direction soon after. ”
It’s called not using the same sound, approach, or style throughout the entire album. In other words, not making a lazy, boring record.
It is a very weird reaction you had because both critics and fans pointed out that this album is a return to their 90s era but with a modern twist, in fact some criticized it for being too loyal to their original sound and approach. The songs you mentioned, Control, Battle in Me, are all guitar-driven songs actually. If you know anything basic about Garbage, you know that they like to process guitars through various pedals and studio rigs to get weird or different sounds. Few of Garbage’s album songs are actually driven by keyboard synths.
There’s nothing funky about the song Blood For Poppies lol. That has a very grungry-industrial guitar riff actually, with a pop chorus.