I Love You.
Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall
It's hard to talk about any band making a comeback anymore like it's a special thing, I guess because to some extent it's expected. Yellowcard came back, Bush came back, Eve 6 came back, even blink-182 came back and nobody thought that would happen. So Garbage's comeback doesn't quite toll the bell like it would have before all of those other bands went on hiatus and then got back together, but it's still a meaningful reappearance for a band that made some great albums and then took a break for twelve years. Garbage's return, Not Your Kind of People is a tremendous return for the band. Although they didn't exactly pick up where they left off, they made the perfect return album for Garbage that recaptures some of the band's magic from their early days.
Not Your Kind of People features what Garbage always did well, alternative music drenched in pop. Shirley Manson still sings like she did twenty years ago and she floats through a chorus like it's nobody's business. That's featured prominently on the two singles so far off the album, "Blood for Poppies" and "Automatic Systematic Habit." Neither song has a traditional feel to it, but they both have strong hooks encapsulated inside of Garbage's enjoyable melodic clutter. Outside of those two songs there's a little more variety to the album but they all feature Butch Vig's badass production and Shirley Manson's tremendous vocal. There are a few upbeat rock songs, but there's a lot of pop on this album and that might be somewhat of a surprise to those who liked the bands last two records.
Garbage's new album, Not Your Kind of People might not be a complete triumphant return, but it's a notably positive one and an album that's more than worth checking out. It's interesting that it sounds like an album they'd make twenty years ago, not ten years ago, but fans that have been with the band since the start will appreciate that more. This album never misses it's mark. Maybe it's not going to have the same kind of impact that it would have had a decade ago, but it's a quality Garbage album and I can't say I expected that to come about in their time off.