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Great new material
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.