Everyone goes through one of those phases where you can't stop listening to one album or one artist for a week, month or even months. I go through that phase all the time, (which is preventing me from finding new music to write about here) and lately, my album crush is Placebo's 5th studio album "Meds". Released in 2006, the album peaked at #5 on the World Charts, after being leaked on the Internet two months prior to its official release. This album will go down as one of my all time favourite albums. It kicks-off with "Meds", featuring Alison Mosshart, one of my heroins. It's an amazing song with soft elements showing clear influences of their heroes such as The Smashing Pumpkins and David Bowie but keeping the harshness of Placebo.
The album wouldn't be complete without "Infa-red", one of my favourite songs. It starts off sounding like a mesh between Bowie and Depeche Mode and then dives into the bridge and chorus which has an easy listening pop-rock melody, which has close relations to sounding like the Pixies.
Placebo wouldn't be Placebo without their absurd, eccentric lyrics. It adds a twisted element to their music. "Post Blue" shows all signs of this. It starts off very Bowie-esque mirroring the song "The Man Who Sold the World" but has Placebo's personal touch with lyrics such as "...its in the water baby, its in the special way we fuck.."
I'm not saying Placebo are a more fucked up version of David Bowie, but he definitely has strong influences on them. But its not anywhere near as pop-like as any Bowie record.
Placebo outdo themselves with this album. Music is more trashy, more spaced out harmonies, and even more fucked up lyrics! You can tell they spent a lot of time around electronics rather than basic instruments with the New Wave feel from the record. "Meds" is a treat featuring artists Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather) and Michael Stripe (R.E.M.). The album is a treasure. And I cannot wait to hear their next album due to release late 2012/early 2013.
- Follow the Cops Back Home
- Post Blue
- Because I Want You
- Pierrot the Clown
- Broken Promise
- One of a Kind
- In the Cold Light of Morning
- Song to Say Goodbye
Running up that Hill