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4.0 out of 5 stars
Well worth the wait..., 2 April 2003
I've been an obsessional Placebo fan since the age of 14, and after hearing 'Sleeping With Ghosts', I am incredibly relieved to find that it stirs up the same melancholy and angst that I felt from their debut. SWG is definately a more mature album than the previous three, and I am not in the least surprised that many 'Without You I'm Nothing' devotees have been dissapointed by the move away from tortured lyrics and aching guitar sounds. There is an emphasis on melodic guitars which takes a lot of influence from bands like Joy Division and Nick Cave, and the use of electronic sound overlaying the persistant guitars is quite beautiful, if very different from the urgency of the past albums. Brian Molko's distinctive and haunting voice adds a very individual element to their sound, whether he is chanting over complex melodies, or singing urgently through the walls of melancholy sound.
'Sleeping With Ghosts' is not an album for people who are looking for a return to the spunk and glitter days of 'Placebo' or the heartbreak and desolation of 'Without You I'm Nothing'. Nor is it as cynical and morbid as Black Market Music. It is an intelligent, inspired album which would not be out of place alongside Joy Division's 'Substance' or Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation'. In years to come, I feel sure that this will be looked back upon as a classic.