Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Review: Garbage - Not Your Kind of People
There's something of a wide emotional impact throughout the album, carried in the strident and instantly gripping vocals of surely iconic frontwoman Shirley Manson, one of the many musicians to help Scottish musicians become a more credible force internationally. I have no idea what I'm talking about. Just thought I'd try and be patriotic. Whether it's her twisted bitterness that becomes the driving force of the massive hooked Blood for Poppies and the the soothing alt-rock anthem that is the album's title track or the more damaged performance in I Hate Love and the pulsing Battle in Me, you can feel the high tones of woe and cynicism packed into her performance serving as an immense force behind the majority of the album.
The entire band effort is really a commendable force on the album. As stated, Battle in Me contains a subtly electronic packed backdrop, the kind where something new and dynamic can be found with each listen, which also features an array of slamming grunge riffs to keep things awesome. Such slamming can be seen effortlessly in Man On a Wire and Big Bright World all songs with alt rock anthem labelled over them.
So, if the 1990s alt rock scene was an attractive scene for you, then you're definitely in for a treat on Not Your Kind of People. The same alt rock ethics that the band brought into fashion are seen to once more, but upholds a strong relevance and subtle snarl and what's more, it's done with a greater level of heart than previously heard in their work. This is Garbage doing what they do best, better than ever.
Garbage's Not Your Kind of People is out now via Stunvolume. The band will tour the UK in June with The Jezabels.