"Comprised of newly written songs and unreleased pre-hiatus material, People Are Different doesn’t represent a departure for the Wooden Stars, nor does it bear traces of rust. In fact, this inventive, intricate record makes it hard to believe the band ever parted ways. More rock-oriented and less quirky than their earliest work, the quartet’s latter-day material still challenges pop song conventions with gutsy arrangements and unique lyricism. Vocalists/guitarists Julien Beillard and Mike Feuerstack remain a formidable tandem, and songs like "Orphans and "Pretty Girl smartly entangle dark humour with measured optimism.… The challenging post-punk edges of People are Different don’t diminish its accessibility, easily enabling the Wooden Stars to remind young indie rockers of their singular influence." – Exclaim!