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Welcome to a happy accident: When Brian Molko - singer songwriter with bleak-hearted rock three piece, Placebo - began writing his band's seventh studio album, his intention was to sketch out enough tracks to make the B3 EP. What followed was a splurge of creativity and grand ambition that resulted in Loud Like Love, a release that marks Placebo as a band big on heart-scarred intimacy as ... Read more in Amazon's Placebo Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Dreambrother
  • ASIN: B0021UDJT6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kitty Litter
2. Ashtray Heart
3. Battle for the Sun
4. For What It's Worth
5. Devil in the Details
6. Bright Lights
7. Speak in Tongues
8. The Never-ending Why
9. Julien
10. Happy You're Gone
11. Breathe Underwater
12. Come Undone
13. Kings of Medicine

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Sixth studio album from the alternative rock band. This album has a heavier sound than previous material and contains the single 'For What It's Worth'.

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It wouldn’t be unreasonable to term Placebo a bucking one tricky pony--their slightly smutty business card has remained tucked behind the change slot in the figurative phone-box of British rock since the mid-90s. While what once shocked inevitably shocks no more, they have been sort of admonished of the expectation that they might progress via the fairly consistent achievements of frontman Brian Molko’s sharp pen and down to the fact that there is still nobody quite like them. Returning after a three year break with Battle For The Sun they avoid the slightly pedestrian tendencies of their last couple of albums and present a bullish collection of songs that offer devotees reason to be cheerful (or sultry and stern as the case may be) while packaging the whole familiar experience in such a way that stomping their steel-toed size sixes across mainstream radio becomes a distinct possibility again. Much of that may be down to producer David Bottril who has previously worked with Muse and Tool--and it shows. There’s nothing as dramatically visceral or primed as early classics, but "Ashtray Heart" (a very very Placebo title for a start), "Bright Lights" (featuring the astute and beautifully delivered line; "a heart that hurts / is a heart that works") and the brilliantly robotic title track grind and bruise decisively. Short on shocks perhaps, but tingles down the spine flow regardless. --James Berry

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Bland on 6 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I could be one of the bands oldest fans at 57 but then I have had plenty of time to know what good music is when I hear it. Yes like Brian Molko says it is different , lighter, but listen to it carefully and you will understand that like all their other albums it has a place and an importance to people like myself. At my age it's good to have something to look forward too and their music is inspirational.
If by any chance the band see this then an oldies advice is "Don't Give Up On A Dream". More please........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By truant billy on 13 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to this I thought there was nothing to get excited about. I was disappointed with the constant trashing sound that seemed to come minus their usual catchy tunes and i thought my love affair with Placebo was coming to a close. Yes, there were a few stand-out tracks such as Ashtray Heart, Battle for the sun and For What it's worth but it all sounded a bit contrived, forced. Then what happened was Kings Of Medicine - by far the greatest Placebo track ever! possibly with the exception of Without You I'm Nothing. Kings is without doubt the most moving, uplifting song Placebo have ever recorded. The horns, the piano, amazing. I've always preferred Placebo when there's more than guitars. I'm like all OCD with Kings. I keep playing it again and again. Its beauty has literally made me cry. This album is a grower and Kings of Medicine is a true masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benton R. Olmsted on 24 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's great to have the extra tracks, and it's great if you're a collector. The T-shirt is okay, though not the best Placebo graphic ever. T-shirt quality is very flimsy feeling.

The "remastered" album -- why? This album was just released. Why the need to remaster? Did the engineers get something wrong the first time around? Anyway, I can't hear any differences, but I'm not really an audiophile, nor have I taken the time to try to work out what's different. I did try to find out by searching on the internet, but I haven't found any clear explanation of what's been changed.

But it's not really what I expected... I thought it would be a large LP-sized box set, like the BFTS Limited Edition Box Set. Instead, it's CD-sized and ships in a very flimsy cardboard sleeve. At least it should have been a nice, hardbound case. If it came in a hard cardboard slipcase or clamshell I would have given the product four stars.

Amazing that the t-shirt folds so small. It seems to incorporate some kind of freeze-drying process that requires you soak it in water to make it fluff up to a more normal cotton feel.

But the price for what you get is reasonable, and the bonus tracks make it worth it for the serious Placebo fan who doesn't want to pirate stuff.
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Format: Audio CD
Listened to this album a fair few times so i thought i would post a short review. As a whole, the album is great, however there are inevitably going to be some standout tracks. For me these are the opener "Kitty Litter", "Ashtray Heart", "For What It's Worth" and "The Never Ending Why". The title track "Battle For The Sun" is different, however it does grow on you. People shouldn't compare this album to "Meds" as it's a great piece of music on its own. I for one would hate it if a band just stuck to one type of sound and didn't evolve their music. With "Battle For The Sun" though, Placebo have made a great album which i will enjoy listening to for many years to come. If you can, catch them on their arena tour in December. I saw them just after they released Meds and they were amazing.
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I was put off by some of the initial industry reviews of this album but luckily in the past few years I have stopped listening to some of the plonkers doing so called professional reviews. This is by far the best album to come from Placebo since Without you im Nothing. Its not any better or any worse, just equally as iconic, brilliant, fresh and sublime. Im so happy that they are back to their winning ways because with Meds, I feared that they were nearing the end. I think they have re-invented themselves to a point, which is a good and necessary process to remain interesting because, for me, all Meds was, was a rehash of what they had already done. It wasnt a bad album but this is superb. BUY IT and go watch them LIVE, you will not be dissapointed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. K. Smith on 11 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I must admit the first time I heard this album I thought what have my beloved Placebo done? It wasn't the "Placebo" album I was expecting...its not as dark as Placebo can be and its a long way from Meds. But now I love it. Placebo aren't the angst ridden band they once were, but I'm not the angst ridden teenager I was when I discovered them. I have everything they have ever done and this fits in well. Its not Without you I'm nothing but nothing ever will be. Ashtray heart is awesome, come undone and the never ending why are classic Placebo with a twist. Buy this album. I promise you, you will love it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Placebo since their first album, and apart from a few hiccups such as the "Black Market Music" and "Sleeping With Ghosts" albums, neither of which I've listened to much over the years, they seem to have improves over time. Their last album, "Meds", was absolutely superb from start to finish, although it did run out of puff a little towards the end, but when the rest of the album was so strong it scarcely mattered.

"Battle For The Sun" is a very, very good album indeed. As always, if you don't like Brian Molko's voice you'll not find much to enjoy here, but for once the songs remain strong from start to finish. If I'm brutally honest, the opening track is actually one of the weakest here, a slightly atonal tune without a killer chorus (the rest of the album has hooks and singalong choruses coming out of its ears) but after this the album really picks up.

Highlights include the first single, "For What It's Worth", which comes complete with a horn section (a first for Placebo?), "Come Undone", "Breathe Underwater", "The Never-Ending Why", and, best of all, the title track, which has instantly entered my list of Placebo favourites.

So it's not quite as good as "Meds", but it's probably their second best album to date. If you're a Placebo fan you'll most likely already have the album, but if you're a fan of the likes of Muse or The Smashing Pumpkins you'll probably like it too. If none of these apply, maybe you'll find something to love here as well.
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