Garbage "Not Your Kind of People" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 15 May 2012 08:02:00
One of the most beautiful moments on Garbage's fifth album, Not Your Kind of People, arrives during the strangely soothing "I Hate Love". A Depeche Mode-style synth bleeds into a skittering, glitched-out riff that's hypnotically haunting. Rock's ultimate femme fatale Shirley Manson moans, "Innocent and open as any lamb and hoping for paradise. Yeah, I hate love."
It's an elegy for a dead relationship wrapped in an infectious sonic blanket. In other words, it's classic Garbage—thriving on extremes, morphing pain into pleasure, elegantly siphoning darkness through light, and invitingly intoxicating. Manson sounds pristine, poetic, and powerful, transmuting emotion into a noir-ish orchestra. Not Your Kind of People stands out as the group's best album and deserves to be on every year end list.
In other places, those subdued flourishes really allow the band to shine. "Sugar" sees the keyboards shimmering gorgeously, covering every hue of sadness like only Garbage can. It's equally prevalent on the darkly catchy title track.
Warbled transmissions ignite the dance floor burner "Automatic Systematic Habit" which rides on Butch Vig's inimitable percussion and production and the Duke Erikson and Steve Marker instrumental alchemy expanding the sound. At the same time, "Big Bright World" feels just as alive with the singer guiding a groove into gorgeous territory punctuated by giant keyboard melodies.
"Beloved Freak" is a potent closer that sees Manson at her most angelic over a resounding piano hum. Listening to Not Your Kind of People, Garbage's influence on virtually every 21st century indie and alternative band is instantly clear. From Arcade Fire and Coldplay to Beach House and School of Seven Bells, you can hear the group's imprint. However, Not Your Kind of People shows that Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Steve Marker, and Duke Erikson still do it best. It's because there's no fear. Pain and darkness are welcome, and that's where the real joy comes from.
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