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  • Summary: The fifth studio album for Garbage is its first release in over seven years.
  • Record Label: Stunvolume
  • Genre(s): Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Dance, Dance-Rock
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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. This comeback album suggests a hiatus spent in a cryogenic freezer. Which is to say that they sound the same ... only rather less vital.
  7. 30
    Too much of Not Your Kind Of People is pedestrian, anodyne and utterly unremarkable.

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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. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2013
    10
    Absolutely brilliant! This album is just as good as any of Garbage's other masterpieces. Let's hope Shirley and the gang are here to stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. May 22, 2012
    10
    Holy mother of God,
    They are back and better than ever. Shirley Manson sounds as good as she always has. "Not Your Kind of People" is THE
    ALBUM of the year! "Automatic Systematic Habit" delivers dance rock with a little Garbage twist "I won't be your dirty little secret." "Big Bright World" is the anthem of the album. "Blood for Poppies" is an adrenaline rush for your imagination. "Control" may be the next "Push It." 'Not Your Kind of People" is incredibly moving. 'Felt" creeps up your spine with it's 90's-esque grunge guitars and Manson's flawless voice. "I Have Love" one of my favorites delivers the truth wholeheartedly while making it completely beautiful. "Sugar" is my absolute favorite. "Sugar" sounds like it would've came straight out of "Version 2.0" with it's Trip- hop flare and Manson's spine tingling "Won't someone love me... like you." Then she whispers "..Sugar." Which is guaranteed to creep up your spine. "Battle in Me" much like "Sugar" sounds straight out of "Version 2.0". "Man on a Wire" is Shirley and the band's wild pissed off side. It's incredibly sexy and has a little bit of punk in it. Last but not least "Beloved Freak" is the anthem of it's okay to be yourself. It delivers a beautiful message. This whole album is 10/10 for me. A definite MUST BUY! Expand
  4. Oct 3, 2012
    9
    After digesting Not Your Kind of People for several months now its obviously incredibly fun, loud and ballsy - easily their best since Version 2.0. Chock-full of monster hits it has no filler - almost like a Greatest Hits which is the only real shortfall here because the songs stand on their own so much that it sounds more like a mix tape and slightly less cohesive than their best albums. Expand
  5. Jun 12, 2014
    9
    Classic Garbage. A welcome alternative return by a great band. Kept true to themselves, but sound totally fresh. Great soundscape, great fusion of musical sensibilities. Somewhat similar vibe to their first two records. Control, I Hate Love, deluxe track The One, and Beloved Freak are highlights. Very strong album, particularly when taken as deluxe, which includes some great bonus tracks, as per usual. Only those who always disliked them dislike their return. 9/10 Expand
  6. May 27, 2012
    8
    This is a highly enjoyable, energetic effort from Garbage, and it is easy to see that they enjoyed making this album. Not Your Kind Of People does suffer from overproduction in spots, namely the first track on the album, which lays the effects on far too thick, and drowns out Shirley's voice, which is unfortunate. The title track is probably my favorite track on the album, but there aren't any tracks I disliked, only a few that I felt were overproduced. Expand
  7. May 22, 2012
    3
    Garbage from Garbage. I guess this album is a weak attempt to blend Gargage riffs with Lady Gaga pop sensibilities. Irregardless ,it doesn't work and I love their early work . Expand

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