Not Your Kind of People

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
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  1. Kerrang!
    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. Alternative Press
    May 9, 2012
    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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 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 pinnacleA 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,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 afterIt'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 »