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Sleeping With Ghosts
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2003
This album is, in short, a dissapointment. On listening you constantly feel as if they're about to take the music somewhere but the songs fail to develop in something thoughtful and progressive, preferring to meander around for about 3 minutes before bowing out, often rather suddenly.
So instantly forgettable, you wonder where the Molko, Hewitt and Osdal who wrote the Debut have gone, and who replaced them with the trio that concocted the frankly appauling "Protect Me From What I Want" which sounds like the sort of mesh of conflicting rythms and melodies that you'll hear echoing from primary school halls. Alas not a song on the album makes up for this, "A Bitter Truth" comes close to saving the album, but then it's over and again there hasn't been any content to the song.
Having said all this, some of the lyrics are reasonably poignant, sleeping with ghosts and plasticine especially, but they lack solid backing to make them memorable. Molko's voice also seems rather out of place on this album, maybe owing to the fact that there's a slightly [slightly] more electronic feel thanks to the production from the Massive Attack bloke.
A shame, as 3 or 4 years ago Placebo were so promising.
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19 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2003
I was one of the lucky ones who waited before buying this double edition of Sleeping With Ghosts.
Artistically a fine retro eighties revival rock sound, but in terms of customer friendlyness a pure rip off.
The album first came out as only one cd (for about the same prize), and is now available as a double cd (for about the same prize). What about the mega fans who rushed out to buy the first album? Are they expected to cash out again, if they want to buy the 2 nd cd?
If people started sharing and copying cd's this is one of the reasons.
Secondly the cd's are copy controlled. In this case you can play the first cd only with the custom player on your pc, but here it comes: the first cd can only be listened at 40 kbps (ridicilous low quality) and the second at 128 kbps. Customers who, as me, mostly listen to music on their pc will be hugely disatisfied with the poor cd quality (especially of the 1st cd).
Customers should stop buying these kinds of products, or Amazon should make a note that the cd can not be played in a decent soundquality on a pc.
Why did I give it only a one star rating: because the front man stated in an interview on MTV that this edition was a 'present' to the fans. And what kind of present it is: if you bought the first edition you have to cash out again, and you can not play it in decent soundquality on a pc.
A pure rip off. Avoid at all cost.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2003
I do like the album- but it seems a bit of a departure for Placebo. Most of it isn't solidly driven by guitar- it seems they've been listening to a lot of The Orb or whathaveyou along that genre. It's a good album- I was hoping for a bit more of what I liked about Black Market Music.
Black Market Music, of course, was not as good as it might be because I was hoping for a bit more of Without You I'm Nothing. WYIN wasn't as good because... you get the drift. I'm not as big a fan of modern 'spare ambient' music (it makes me miss Eno, damnit), but it's still a very solid album, and I like it a great deal.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2003
If you have heard The Bitter End single and thought 'this is really good, i must check out placebos new album' then don't! The Bitter End is unlike anything on Sleeping With Ghosts and other than that and Bulletproof Cupid, nothing else is worth listening to. Placebo have taken a more mellow approach and it doesn't work. It is lacking what thier older albums have, good tunes.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2003
Well what can I say. I marched down the record shop at 9 oclock for this... been a long fan of the band, so it would've been rude not to. I had very high expectations after hearing the first single - The Bitter End, but having played the album thru 3 times in succession, trying to love it, I'm very disappointed. The first two albums are in my opinion, amazing (especially WYIN) and I was also a big fan of Black Market Music (unlike many people), although I felt the latter was a little underproduced. Sleeping with Ghosts is in my opinion, the anti-thesis of that. Loads of production for some pretty poor tunes (a-la Oasis' Be Here Now).
The opening track is proper debut album Placebo stuff. Such a shame its only an instrumental tho. "English Summer Rain" is nothing special, although experiements with electronica are reasonably welcome. "This Picture" is one of the album highlights for me, as are "Plasticine" and "Second Sight" and of course "The Bitter End" - unfortunately, that's about it. The other tracks I can't even remember to be honest. Molko seems to have lost the passion in his lyrics, as well as the dirty and smutty lines, and to me it seems like these tracks were just put out, just cos they aint put anything out for 3 years.
I so wanted this record to be "We're back" - i.e. Placebo explode back on the rock scene, and thats the impression u get with the first single (The Bitter End), but that in all honesty is the best track on here. Dunno what's gonna happen now for the band to be honest. If you're a fan, you'll buy it for completeness. If you're a newcomer grab "Without You I'm Nothing" - clearly their greatest work to date. Such a shame... 2/5
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2003
This is an excellent album. What more could you want? The fantstic fourth album, plus a load of extra songs.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2004
Placebo are quite simply one of the best bands EVAR! If you havent heard of Placebo before and this is the first album of theres your buying WARNING: YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE THE GUYS VOICE. His voice is sometimes annoying but the music is pure MAJIK. I really love the lyrics and the ideas behind the song. DONT GET PUT OFF BY THE ALBUM COVER! The song "Sleeping with Ghosts" is sooo beautiful and based on the idea that "soulmates never die" which is a beautiful image and the image on the cover!
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2003
Fantastic album that hasn't been given enough credit! My 4 year old son thinks they are great.
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2003
OK, read the reviews - the music is good. Buy it. But as for copy controlled CDs - all you have to do is burn them into mp3 then you can listen at whatever bitrate you want. Or copy them for that matter (for backup only, mind).
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2 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2004
Ok folks i'm going to forego the arty farty review stuff and give it to you straight.
This album,at best,is a massive let down.If you buy this,and many will,you will find yourself wanting more.
SWG tries to reach heights it could never reach.The opening track suggest your going to get a good musical thumping but i'm affraid all your going to get is a wet kipper round the ears.
I don't know what direction they where going with this album but they got lost and sorry to say we all suffer.If you buy this be aware that you will feel let down.
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