|4. Space Monkey|
|5. Follow The Cops Back Home|
|6. Post Blue|
|7. Because I Want You|
|9. Pierrot The Clown|
|10. Broken Promise|
|11. One Of A Kind|
|12. In The Cold Light Of Morning|
|13. Song To Say Goodbye|
Tracks like "Infra Red" and "Post Blue" craft a fresh dynamic between quiet-loud Pixies dynamics and febrile Sonic Youth crunch, and theres a couple of notable guest appearances: first in the shape of VV, smouldering frontwoman of The Kills, who brings her femme fatale drawl to the chorus of "Meds", but also REMs Michael Stipe, who shadows Molko through the dynamite plumes of "Broken Promise". "Drag", meanwhile, might even become a career highlight, a breezy hymn to self-loathing with characteristically perverse lyrics ("Youre the first one to swim cross the Seine/I lag behind"), while "Pierrot The Clown" strikes a neatly poignant note, all painted-frown melodrama and tapped glockenspiel. All in all, its probably Placebos most accessible album since Without You Im Nothing. --Louis Pattison
I never really knew about this new Placebo record untill about a week ago. What sealed the deal as far as getting it this was seeing them perform some songs of the album on a late night Channel 4 show. I purchased the single Because I Want You prior to buying the album to get a taster of what was in store and I gradually got more anxious to hear it.
Well after listening to Meds several times today, I find this album to be more consistently good than its predecessor 'Sleeping With Ghosts'. The album has a more rockier sound to it and shows the band going back to the roots of their debut. This is also possibly their shortest album to date (which ain't bad considering closing songs like Peeping Tom from Black Market Music lasted over ten minutes and there was a lot of silence).
Lyrically, Molko is no longer dealing with prescription drugs or confused sexuality, instead he shows a maturity in his writing focusing on topics that are as he states 'less gimmicky'. He still manages to make them sound good enough that you could sing along to them, particularly on Infra-Red or Because I Want You.
Musically, this is possibly the most touching album they have made in recent memory. The group seem tighter than ever, which causes them to make emotionally drove songs like Pierrot The Clown or Song To Say Goodbye. Michael Stipe of R.E.M. fame duets on the haunting Broken Promise, which delivers the quiet/loud formula in a twisted way. That song along with In The Cold Light Of Morning are chilling enough to be put on the next proper horror movie.
Overall I am utterly flabbergasted at this album. Its definately a great record and a great return from Placebo.
'Meds' therefore, is a masterpiece. A brilliant, soaring emotional return to form and (probably) the last Placebo record. What a fitting end that one of the best 'singles' band of the last decade have produced an ALBUM worthy of all of those great songs.
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