Loud Like Love [+digital booklet]
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Loud Like Love [+digital booklet]

20 Feb 2014

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Song Title
Loud Like Love
Scene Of The Crime
Too Many Friends
Hold On To Me
Rob The Bank
A Million Little Pieces
Exit Wounds
Begin The End
Digital Booklet: Loud Like Love

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  • Label: Vertigo
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Elevator Lady Ltd., under exclusive license to Vertigo/Capitol, a division of Universal Music GmbH
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  • Total Length: 47:08
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  • ASIN: B00EY27M6K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,919 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Material 16 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
I first got into Placebo in early 2001, at the time when 'Special K' was getting a lot of airtime on MTV 2. I'll try not to be biased even though I'm a die-hard fan (I own the limited editions of Black Market Music, Sleeping with Ghosts, Once More with Feeling and Meds; the 10th anniversary edition of the self-titled debut; the redux version of Battle for the Sun; the Battle for the Sun box-set; the complete EMI box-set; the B-Sides compilation; 2 live iTunes albums; the B3 EP; the Loud Like Love box-set purchased directly from Universal; and any tracks not featured in already mentioned on CD singles or as iTunes downloads; I've also seen them live).

This album, in a nutshell, is a grown man laying his heart bare. That's always been an aspect of Placebo's music, but 'Love' has never been so much at the forefront of the record in any of Placebo's previous material, nor in most music by anyone else (Leonard Cohen may be an exception).

Sometimes it's a hopeful love - like in the title track - sometimes it seems quite hopeless - like in the excellent 'Exit Wounds'. In either case it's sung about beautifully, Brian showing more maturity and even sensitivity than in any of the previous work.

The transformation from Nancy Boy of the 90s to introspective, broken-yet-warm-hearted grown man and father seems complete with this album.

The band do however, fortunately, still know how to rock out. Guitar sounds swirl back and forth, kicking in or jumping out with perfect timing, the album still has a great punk/grunge vibe, with some slower piano-led tracks mixing things up.

To summarize, if you've never liked Placebo so far, this album probably won't change your mind. For a newcomer, it's a pretty good place to start, and for the fan it's a no-brainer. Me, well I love it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally exceeded my expectations 17 Sep 2013
By Jon B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let's face it: you either love Placebo or you don't. Brian's voice is a bit of a "marmite" voice. So if you're in the "don't" camp, you're not going to like this, and actually you won't be reading this. So this is to those with taste.
I have to say I was a little worried about this album. The lead single had that very dodgy line "on the Champs-Élysées" that just jarred with me as naive and forced. That said, I totally fell in love with the song, and then the title track, which is even better.
But what of the album? Well it's fantastic. Music critics have trashed it in the press, but so what. They know nothing. Placebo have made consistently great albums, with their signature style and sound all over them. They can't sound "different" - this IS what they sound like. And for those of us who love that, this album is a gem.
I won't critique all the songs individually, but my favourites are Rob The Bank, Loud Like Love... and Bosco, which is the best song of the year for me, and probably my favourite Placebo song of all-time. It is pure perfection. In writing. In execution. They should be so proud of it.
This is a five star album to my ears. And my second favourite album of the year after John Grant's Pale Green Ghosts. I never tire of Placebo. They are my comfort music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I love this album 17 Sep 2013
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I've loved Placebo since Black Market Music, but there's something special about this album. The title track, Loud Like Love is a storming, anthemic yell of positivity which leads into an album which is at swings from uplifting to brooding. The end track 'Bosco' is a moving, profound tune which rivals Commercial for Levi, Pierrot the Clown or even Without You I'm Nothing for emotional depth. In between are tracks which have new synthy elements but keep the Placebo vibe I've loved for years now.

Buy this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo Pleases 12 Oct 2013
By Bubo
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Molko once defined his band as "music for outsiders by outsiders." If that is the case then being an outsider rarely gets better than this. Few will argue that Placebo is an acquired taste; I find their music quite cathartic, a wonderful antidote at times to manufactured emotional states that are currency in popular culture; and strangely calming, even though the music itself is not on its face designed for relaxation.

Loud Like Love is a high quality record, beautifully produced, full of subtle instrumental touches and well-judged changes of rhythm and accents - the chorus of Rob The Bank is a good example. The album is also the right length and has the perfect balance between fast moving (Loud Like Love, Rob the Bank etc) and slower songs (Too many Friends, Hold on to me, Exit Wounds etc), creating a harmonious overall feeling. To be sure I was initially a little put off by some lyrics e.g. "my computer thinks I'm gay" but my reservations soon faltered when I listened again (and again) to this very decent collection of songs - I particularly like the percussion work on this record and Molko's singing is also very strong throughout, capturing the best moments of their debut album.

Give it time, listen to the album with earphones if you have to, and hopefully this new addition to their discography will live up to the band's name - "I shall please".

Four stars and a half.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album since Black Market Music 1 Oct 2013
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No review will ever do justice to what music can convey. There is no accounting for tastes so if you want to know whether you like this album, just listen in and decide for yourself. All I can say is that the CD has not left my CD player for a week as it seems to be stuck in repeat mode :-) Buy it and have fun listening to this great album over and over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated
I bought this because 'Once More With Feeling' is and amazing compilation album and I felt like Placebo would be a safe bet for some new music and was I generally... Read more
Published 4 days ago by William A. Smeddle
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
every song is typically placebo while still managing to sound really fresh, so if you like their other stuff you'll like this.
Published 14 days ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album of the Decade perhaps this Century, so far!!
This is unmistakable Placebo, true to form, with sintilating, mesmorising, original lyrics, blended with their pounding, heartfelt and never boring sound. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Paul Tapper
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I still like your sound but it is now overly formulaic and predictable. You have it in you to take some risks. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. N. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of styles
Like Placebo anyway but this album is good. A bit more grown up but still has some gritty subject matter to the songs
Published 1 month ago by Amazonian
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Another brilliant album from Placebo. There's not a bad track on this album and it's a bit more up beat than some of there other recent material.
Published 1 month ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo get better with age
Placebo are one of the few bands that you can rely on, just buy their latest album blind and you wont be disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Quality
Some albums reek of quality from the second they start right through to its closing chords.
Loud Like Love is one of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JohnInBlack
3.0 out of 5 stars If you love 'em then buy
I do appreciate quality music but sadly for me, this latest album simply didn't hit the mark i hoped for.
Published 2 months ago by Woolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Tops
This was purchased on a whim and it has paid off handsomely. A great album, I do not have any other Placebo but this one has made me a fan, my early xmas pressie.
Published 3 months ago by Fireball 61
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