Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Jun 7, 2012
    80
    Not Your Kind of People is a wonderful album full of something Garbage have never really possessed before: humanity. [May 2012, p.53]
  2. May 10, 2012
    80
    When they ease off the accelerator and the singer shifts from off-pat angst to revealing vulnerability, they can still produce spiky, stylish pop.
  3. 80
    Garbage were always futuristic, but this album proves they're still ahead of the curve. {Jun 2012, p.81]
  4. 75
    "Man on a Wire" is electric, and Not Your Kind of People's title track deftly threads blues licks through a '60s psychedelic needle. But too often the tomorrow-is-now thrills are missing here.
  5. 70
    All of the pop-coated rock that was immediately catchy, aggressive, melodic, seductive, melancholic, and driven from those two albums [Garbage and Version 2.0] can be found here – from the ramped up, unrelenting beats to the bright electronics and propulsive guitar lines, to Shirley's changeable, ever-engaging vocals.
  6. May 22, 2012
    70
    The first new Garbage album in seven years is like a film sequel where familiar characters haven't changed much – especially Manson,who still cherishes the wary alertness of adolescence.
  7. May 22, 2012
    70
    What once was futuristic now sounds nostalgic -- or to borrow a title from another member from the class of 1995, "Brand New You're Retro" -- and that's the appeal of Not Your Kind of People, for better or worse.
  8. May 18, 2012
    70
    Nostalgia works in Garbage's favor, as much of the album brings listeners back to the eponymous debut that set the band on track to sell 17 million records worldwide.
  9. May 16, 2012
    70
    When all of it works in perfect synch, the record hits a sweet spot that is both nostalgic and completely contemporary, illuminating how forward-looking the cross-continental collaborators were at their peak.
  10. May 9, 2012
    70
    While some of the studio tricks are a little too familiar, the band is clearly re-invigorated and, unlike like the last fractured Garbage offering, the result is a cohesive collection of sharp, aggressive songs.
  11. May 17, 2012
    64
    Though not without highlights, Not Your Kind of People contains nothing as memorable as their big hits, and it's heavier on the filler than their earlier albums.
  12. May 21, 2012
    63
    Most of the rest holds up as credible but hardly ground-breaking pop-rock, an album that proves Garbage still exists even if it hasn't necessarily come up with any new tricks.
  13. Jul 18, 2012
    60
    They haven't really been missed, yet it's good to have them back. [Jun 2012, p.83]
  14. Jun 22, 2012
    60
    The sulky formula which established them, however, like the seismic chords of Control or the crunching Battle In Me, proves the efficacy of this recycled Garbage. [Jun 2012, p.114]
  15. May 21, 2012
    60
    Not Your Kind of People adheres so doggedly to formula that it often sounds dated... There's no indication that the band has evolved much.
  16. May 14, 2012
    60
    It's all slick and tuneful but, bar the shoegaze-indebted Felt, feels like business as usual.
  17. May 10, 2012
    60
    Despite occasional lapses into overproduced mess, the surprise here is their enthusiasm.
  18. May 22, 2012
    58
    For an outfit that's never denied its plastic-coated glamour, Garbage exits Not Your Kind Of People remarkably well-preserved.
  19. Jun 5, 2012
    50
    For all the interesting noises that the band have come up with in the studio, the production really doesn't do them any favours, cramming them into a fairly narrow space and stripping them almost entirely of any sense of atmosphere.
  20. May 23, 2012
    50
    With the release of Not Your Kind of People Garbage prove they are indubitably a one-trick pony who fluked one magnificent album and a half-way decent follow-up, ensuring that they would never again reach that level of authenticity and dark sincerity.
  21. This comeback album suggests a hiatus spent in a cryogenic freezer. Which is to say that they sound the same ... only rather less vital.
  22. 50
    Aside from the aforementioned pair of tracks [Control and the title track] that hit dark pop highs akin to Garbage's best, this is just another solid disc from solid musicians, no more, no less.
  23. May 11, 2012
    50
    As you'd likely expect, they're still as confused as ever.
  24. May 9, 2012
    50
    Manson can still whip up an appealingly vengeful turn of phrase, but they retain a tendency to sound stiff. [Jun 2012, p.73]
  25. May 16, 2012
    46
    Everything from the stilted production to Manson's lyrics to that awful album cover seems hopelessly mired in 1998.
  26. May 24, 2012
    40
    Garbage still have a knack for placing sticky hooks behind walls of guitar sheen, but when they slow down on Beloved Freak and the title track ballad, the results get a bit cringy.
  27. May 21, 2012
    30
    Plods along with an overproduced pompousness that falls somewhere between boring and annoying.
  28. 30
    Too much of Not Your Kind Of People is pedestrian, anodyne and utterly unremarkable.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. May 22, 2012
    10
    A welcome return by one of the 90's best bands. They have released consistently good albums and with this record have reached a new pinnacle of awesomeness. The tracks are all strong and, praise be, don't sound like everything else out there on mainstream radio. Highlights are "Automatic Systematic Habit", "Control" and the glorious "I Hate Love". DEFINITELY my kind of people. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2012
    10
    This is an exceptionally well-crafted album from terrific songwriters, and they sound as good as ever. As evidenced in their recent concerts, the band is at their peak--and Shirley Manson is incomparable--and it appears that they are enjoying their freedom from record labels and ability to do what they do best: simply make outstanding music. Full Review »
  3. May 23, 2012
    9
    It's awesome to see them back. Felt a little disappointed when first heard it but it blew my mind like all the other Garbage albums after listening to it several times. Every song is Garbage but not that Garbage. They are getting old but never getting infirm. It just feels so good to have all these alternative digital-rock sound around again. They are still cool and cold in this new world full of aimless and formulaic pop/dance songs and countless other dance-dabbling, electronically tinged rock acts. They are still not "your kind of people". They are extraordinary people. Full Review »