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Battle For The Sun [Limited Edition]

Placebo Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,866 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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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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PLACEBO Battle For The Sun (2009 UK 2-disc [CD/DVD] album set - Recorded over three months by producer Dave Bottrill [chosen by the band largely because of his work with Tool] in his Toronto studio and mixed in London by My Bloody Valentine Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails supremo Alan Moulder Placebos sixth album is a startling alive vital and boundary-vaulting record that marks a whole new era for a band that were in need of a change. Comprising a 13-track CD album featuring the single For What Its Worth; plus a Bonus DVD including behind-the-scenes and making-of the album footage. Presented in casebound bookstyle packaging)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle For The Sun 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but not what i expected. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kings of Medicine - masterpiece! 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown up Placebo 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A slight step backwards from "Meds" 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They won the Battle 9 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Placebo have really done it this time. I've got quite a few of their previous releases and this one is unusual in that it is instantly likeable. I think they've got a classic on their hands here. They have found a great new drummer. Got a great production and some awesome lyrics. It's worth it for Come Undone alone. Absolutely Awesome!! My record of the year already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought as a present so I think it is good
Published 7 months ago by Denise
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best album...
It really isn't their best, in my opinion. But this one definitely gets better with each song. Very weak start but a good strong finish. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I'm very happy about that! I wanna tell that i'ts always a pleasure to buy at amazon. I love it!
Published 12 months ago by ANTHONY
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Placebo
This offering from Placebo seems get a lot of criticism, in my opinion undeservedly. It is quite simply a very excellent record and I can thoroughly recommend it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by kas
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
One of the best albums Placebo have done. The new drummer is a force to be recconed with. Makes the sound so whole
Published 19 months ago by Kim Willis-Austin
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this Placebo??
Probably appeals to the emo

Older listeners, don't bother

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Published on 29 Jun 2012 by L. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
Placebo - Battle For the Sun

After hit-or-miss albums Taste In Men and Sleeping With Ghosts, Placebo looked to be returning to form with the dark, snarling Meds, their... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Miss Kirsty Neary
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I have been a big fan since day 1 of Placebo. Seen them 4 times Many thanks for sending it as my local music store let me down
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by Gemma Cooksey
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle for the sun
THis cd is very good and it arived as it was discribed on the web site and whith in the time limet I would recomened it.
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by gothy
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle no more...
At the culmination of the 'Meds' tour, Placebo in their second incarnation (consisting of vocalist Brian Molko, bassist Stefan Olsdal and drummer Steven Hewitt) had all but... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2011 by Aza
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