If you were alive in the mid-'90s and half paid attention to popular music, you've probably heard of Garbage. The band's left-field hit, "Only Happy When It Rains," from its 1995 debut album, opened the gates to heavy MTV rotation for many more Garbage songs over the next handful of years. Benefiting from tastefully processed sounds and frontwoman Shirley Manson's sultry but tough charisma, the group synthesized popular music of the '90s and was very much of its time with its integration of electronica and alternative-rock sensibility; Manson and her cohorts managed to sound well-produced and raw at the same time. The outfit's forthcoming album, Not Your Kind of People, doesn't depart dramatically from that era, which makes sense: Garbage has always been a pop group with a rock-and-roll heart.
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