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.