Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE new mil­len­nium has not ex­actly been kind to Garbage. Dwin­dling record sales, scrapped solo ven­tures, and la­bel quar­rels have all taken their toll. But the seven-year hia­tus since its last al­bum has clearly set the band straight, as Not Your Kind of Peo­ple is eas­ily its strong­est re­lease since the glory days of the late ’90’s.

Long­time fans will in­stantly con­nect with the moody elec­tronic rock of Au­to­matic Sys­tem­atic Habit and the dis­torted, angsty funk of first sin­gle Blood for Pop­pies. Shirley Man­son’s un­mis­tak­able vo­cals sound as dan­ger­ous as ever, par­tic­u­larly on the con­fronta­tional Bat­tle in Me, while I Hate Love mashes in­dus­trial drum beatst with­ith sym­phonich i mell odies to cre­ate a noirish dance num­ber that would make Depeche Mode proud.

Much like find­ing your favourite pair of pleather pants at the back of the closet just the way you left them, it’s a pleas­ant sur­prise and a trip down mem­ory lane all in one.

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