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A Great Return From A Great Band, Requires Repeated Listening!,
This review is from: Loud Like Love (Audio CD)
So I've been listening to this album on and off since the day it was released last September. My music taste has expanded so much since I first fell head over heels with the band once discovering their third album Black Market Music at the young age of 14 back in 2001. My point is I juggle listening to so many bands such as The Cure, Sonic Youth, Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins (all with huge back catalogues) a long with my new found love for house music. But I always come back to Placebo, my favourite band, and this album is usually the first option I'll go to with it still being fresh and new to me.
After first hearing the debut single Too Many Friends last summer I wasn't happy with what I heard at all, comparing it to other debut singles such as The Bitter End, Pure Morning, Taste In Men and even Battle for the Sun (not a single but the first song to surface from the album, as a free download on the bands site) I was very disappointed, but after numerous listens the song began to grow on me, besides the questioning lyrics, the music and vocal melody are very unique, and the video is intriguing and fits the song very well.
Upon listening to the album for the first time I put it in my car CD player and went for a drive, again I wasn't excited or feeling the songs unlike the first time I heard Meds back in 2006 (literally overwhelmed, partying to the album in my uni halls of residence), I thought I'd grown out of love with the band. I found the songs somewhat awkward, but after numerous listens the songs jumped out at me one by one (and they still are), Exit Wounds being the first, and once this happened I realised I hadn't experience this much raw emotion in music in such a long time, the song is so dark and painful it will grab you, like you can directly feel the emotions Brian is delivering. I have a lot of love for the fuzzy catchy Scene of the Crime, the devastating Begin the End, the upbeat Purify and even Rob the Bank (very catchy). But one of my favourites is the itunes bonus track "Pity Party", it annoys me this isn't on the CD or Vinyl, as it is such an amazing haunting song, reminiscent of Pierrot the Clown and Black Market Blood, but at least it's available on my iPod.
Overall this is a great addition the Placebo's fulfilling outstanding discography, in terms of sound the album mixes the unusual electronic sounds of Sleeping With Ghosts with the darkness of Meds and the high energy of Battle for the Sun. Just be sure to put this album on repeat and let every song to get stuck in your head one by one.
Placebo have still got it, welcome back boys!!