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B3 EP
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2012
Placebo's new EP left me excited for a new album, not because I thought the EP was lacking, but because the music is fantastic.

The title track- "B3" is a classic form of placebo rock- Molko's vocals soar and leave the listener singing along in a heartbeat. The heavy synth sound in the beginning is reminiscent of some of Placebo's older tracks like "I Do" or "Taste in Men" and adds an interesting twist to the song. The guitar is heavy and solid, making for a powerful start to the EP, while the lyrics are honest and thought provoking.

The second song, "I Know You Want To Stop", is a great cover. The drums are very interesting and add an infectious beat to the odd tune of the song. The guitar is great throughout the song with powerful solos and a hard rock sounds. The song, overall, is heavy and grungy, in the best possible way. Brian's voice takes us to the edge and leaves us hanging on to every note.

"The Extra" is one of my favorite songs on the EP. It balances out the rock songs on the EP with a nice acoustic guitar and simple back-beat. The lyrics are remarkably powerful, posing the question- "If I am an extra in the film of my own life, then who the hell is the director?". The chorus, by far, is the best part of the song. With a resounding chant of "Show me how to live", this song sounds different from the expected Placebo tune. Every time the bridge starts, you're breath catches in the moment that chorus starts. The piano in the background is beautiful and ties everything together near the end.

"I Know Where You Live" feels like the song we've all been waiting for. Drastically different from the upbeat style of the songs on Battle For The Sun, this track is the dark Placebo of the previous albums. It's political message resounds in anyone who has faced that tyrannical oppression. The guitar is wonderfully complex- especially during the solo near the end, which has droning notes that stretch the song to further heights. Molko's nasally vocals are perfect during the verses while he dips to a much lower range for the chorus. This song is complex, with many aspects that draw you in and make you want to repeat it over and over.

"Time is Money" was an unexpected favorite for me. At the first listen, I wasn't that certain on whether I would really enjoy it. However, this song grows on you and became one of my favorites on the EP. Molko's voice sends shivers through you when he almost whispers "And you are so beautiful that I would drink my fill." after the first chorus, the song picks up with piano and percussion. This songs feels very much like it belongs on an indie film's soundtrack, with a strong message on society and a rather uplifting feeling. The piano, however, is my favorite part of the track- it's beautiful and resounding. This is a great track for a late-night drive in the fall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2012
Solid EP from an amazing band who has never fully disappointed on any record.

B3 - A song where I like the verse better than the chorus; the chorus I think could've been a little better as it isn't as melodic as the verse, but a good single regardless.

I Know You Want To Stop - A very good cover. Maybe the time signature gives it away that it's not an original song: I can't think of any songs they've written that have odd signatures (correct me if I'm wrong!) Admittedly, I haven't heard the original, the band that wrote it seems slightly obscure. But it's a catchy, fun song.

The Extra - "Show me how to live." Great line, repeated with a great melody. My second favorite track on the EP. Serious in tone and subject but not musically sad.

I.K.W.Y.L - Decent song. I like the background vocals that sing the song title.

Time Is Money - My favorite. A song I had to put on repeat for a while. Kind of a sad tone, but not depressing. The beginning of each verse is exceptional and the final chorus is triumphant. Love it!

I apologize for focusing mainly on the vocals and didn't really consider the music here, but overall I highly recommend this!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2012
B3 seemed very different to me from the usual Placebo stuff at first...then I started to listen to the words, Brian's voice & the sound of their instruments & I thought: "YES! They are back...with a vengeance!"

The extra & IKWYL are once again, a highlight to this sad, corrupted society we live in, Brian sings both with sarcasm & seriousness.
Once again, there is nothing to hide & no hypocrisy in the lyrics, together with Brian's distinctive voice at times slower & calmer which seems to be an invite to stop & meditate or an embrace to make you feel safe from the madness that is all around us.
So much is "Time is money" with its repetitive lyrics, which seem to tell you "in case you have not understood, here again..."

B3 is an incitement to be oneself, a BFTS song, so full of power & positive ness...I listen to this song time & again, so overwhelmingly passionate.

IKYWTS is again; beautifully reinvented the Placebo way in a jokeful way, which culminates with the final "STOP"...an invitation to really stop or a joyful way to say keep going???

The piano & the violin in the background strike me most, a mixture of romanticism, solitude & calm which take mi mind off everything to float into the infinity...

So waiting for the next album in March now & all the surprises, which lie within!
We want more of this Brian & Co.!!! <3 <3 <3
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on 9 September 2013
A decent little 5-track that packs more bite than their last studio album 'Battle For the Sun'. 'I.K.W.Y.L' is the first real evidence that latest drummer Steve Forrest can kick it behind the drum kit, and I was taken aback by the gentle, melodic closing track 'Time Is Money', which would've been a fine addition to any of their studio albums.
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on 18 April 2013
I never get tired of listening to Placebo and this selection of songs are no exception. Plenty of energy and power packed into this EP and a nice mixture of rock and ballads make this as good as any of their previous material.
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on 9 July 2013
Placebo are moving in a new direction recently, and this EP underlines this. The first track is a highlight, and is a triumphant, defiant yell against negativity and an exhortation to spiritual healing. Highly recommended.
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on 10 October 2013
Only 5 songs feature but 5 great songs 4 new and a cover of I want you to stop!!!

Love them all but The Extra is my favorite :)
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on 10 April 2013
A great little collection of varying tunes from one of my favourite bands. Can't wait until a full album comes along based on this sample.
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on 24 November 2013
Nothing more to say - Placebo never disappoint = added to the collection of Placebo albums, short but perfectly defined
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on 12 January 2013
Great new EP from Placebo. Can't wait for a new album. If you like Battle For The Sun, you'll like this.
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