The most disappointing — but apparently necessary — stipulation for being a mega-sized rock band is that your sound must grow poppier and less identifiable to older fans as time rolls on. But once in a while, an album like Garbage's Not Your Kind of People — the group's fifth full-length and first since 2005's Bleed Like Me — reminds you that it doesn't always have to be that way. Granted, Garbage in 2012 doesn't sound exactly like the same band that released "Supervixen" and "Only Happy When It Rains." But consuming People's smoky alt-rock, autumnal melodies and occasional sonic experiments (not to mention Shirley Manson's aching howl) can trick you into thinking that the decade of Kurt Cobain and Michael Jordan only just entered the rearview mirror, which isn't a bad illusion at all. (Stop by backbeatblog.com for a full Q&A with Steve Marker from Garbage.)
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