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  • Summary: The fifth studio album for Garbage is its first release in over seven years.
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  • Record Label: Stunvolume
  • Genre(s): Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Dance, Dance-Rock
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Blood For Poppies
Salute the sun, I've been sitting here all night long Hauling rock, over Buddah with the longhorn Got a hole, rip a pocket off my uniform With the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  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. 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: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Jan 1, 2013
    10
    Definitely one of the band's best records. It has everything that made Garbage who they are now, plus it still manages to add something newDefinitely one of the band's best records. It has everything that made Garbage who they are now, plus it still manages to add something new that Garbage never had, a new sensibility that can be heard on tracks like Sugar and Beloved Freak. It takes a little time to get into the record, at first some songs sound bland, some sound like a mess. But after a while it gets simply addictive. Some of the tracks like Battle In Me, Control, Blood For Poppies and Sugar really resound epicness. Best 2012 record. Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm going to do this review from the video game perspective: this song defines the world of Metal Gear and how it portrays how human looking they are but in reality they are so different from one another it's not even funny it's actually scary lol but in the end i think you will enjoy it Expand
  3. 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. 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 VersionAfter 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. 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 PeopleThis 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
  6. Oct 7, 2017
    8
    As a long term fan I didn't know what to expect after a seven year hiatus. However what I got was a back-on-form album filled to burstingAs a long term fan I didn't know what to expect after a seven year hiatus. However what I got was a back-on-form album filled to bursting with catchy, energetic songs in Garbage's own unique style, blending typical guitar rock with electronics and the occasional harmonica (!).

    Shirley Manson's vocals are on top form and dripping with seduction and attitude, and the trio of band-mate producers; Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson come up with multi-layered, massive beats and all manner of studio wizardry. Occasionally self indulgent, and not as focused as their first two albums, emitting a sort of 'greatest hits' vibe. Yet such a 'throw it all at the wall' approach delivers thundering rock in 'Battle In Me', infectious dance beats in 'Automatic Systematic Habit' as well as lush ballads like the title track and Beautiful Freak. This was more than a die hard fan could have hoped for and also has plenty to dive into for new-comers.

    If you're at all tempted, go for the deluxe version with essential additional tracks 'Show Me' and 'The One'.
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  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'tGarbage 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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