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.