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Black Market Music [Explicit Lyrics]

Placebo Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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1. Taste In Men
2. Days Before You Came
3. Special K
4. Spite & Malice
5. Passive Aggressive
6. Black-Eyed
7. Blue American
8. Slave To The Wage
9. Commercial For Levi
10. Haemoglobin
11. Narcoleptic
12. Peeping Tom
13. Without You I'm Nothing (Bonus Track)
14. I Feel You (Bonus Track)

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The London-based trio Placebo carries on the modern-rock banner with this third collection of glam-influenced guitar pop. Black Market Music may not contain anything as immediately catchy as Without You I'm Nothing's "Pure Morning," but the dark hooks of "Taste in Men," "Special K," and "Slave to the Wage," with its Pavement sample, sink in deep after just a few listens. "Spite and Malice," featuring a guest turn from One Inch Punch rapper Justin Warfield, is a surprisingly successful marriage of Britpop and hip-hop, while the moody drone of "Passive Aggressive" showcases the band's more reflective side. And while songs about tumors and hemoglobin threaten to close the album on a lyrically bleak note, two bonus cuts change the mood: a reprise of Without You I'm Nothing's title track with Brian Molko's hero David Bowie joining in on vocals, and a cover of Depeche Mode's "I Feel You." Black Market Music isn't exactly the feel-good album of 2001, but it gives hope to those who still have faith in the future of Britpop. --Bill Forman

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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Market Masterpiece! Jan. 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although I don't have this version of Black Market Music with bonus tracks, the other item info was wrong, so I decided to write my review here.
The album opener is the single, Taste In Men. Brian Molko's voice gives the song its mysterious mood and does a good job doing it.
A track, I thought should have been a single. Days Before You Came is a rush of fast beats and rhythms. The flurry of its speed sucks you in and refuses to let go. The line "didn't want you anyway" is sung in a beautiful way. That is what made me like this song.
A brilliant track that Placebo were right to make a single of. The chorus makes it sound like it would be a good live track. Special K is a song with a brilliant first verse. The part I love is the bit after the chorus "gravity, no escaping gravity).
Spite & Malice features Justin Warfield who has also done songs for The Chemical Brothers and performed amazingly. Justin Warfield really outshines on the chorus while Brian does the verses. Also a song that shoudl have been a single.
Passive Aggressive is only of the slower songs which has a brilliant chorus. Another one of those songs that should be a single.
Black - Eyed has a great starting guitar which makes it instantly recognisable. This was a wise choice for Placebo to make it a single. The fast drums and good verses make it a song that you can't skip.
Blue American is a spiritual song that has a slow beat which doesn't stop it from being good. The piano gives it a mood that is far different from any other song on this album.
Next is the single Slave To The Wage, a good traack to get back into the fast paced mood afetr Blue American. The speedy guitars and habit of starting of starting and stopping make it sound cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo Rocks us all! June 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
Placebo's Black Market Music is an album that you can listen to from start to finish and never have to skip a song. The flow of the album always keeps the listener interested, each song having its own unique message and sound. If you are a fan of unique distortion, this is an album for you.
Brian Molko's voice is unlike anyone I've heard before. He entrances his audience with his jaded lyrics and melodic voice. His songs are about drugs, depression, and distorted love. The song "Commercial for Levi" is my personal favorite on the album, it is a excellent demonstration of Molko's soothing voice and eccentric lyrics: "You're the one who's always choking Trojan, you're the one who's always bruised and broken, drunk on immorality, valium and cherry wine, coke and ecstasy, you're gonna blow your mind."
"Spite & Malice" is a rap/rock song, Placebo brings in Justin Warfield a rapper from One Inch Punch to experiment with different sounds. "Spite & Malice" is a song which uses a card game as a metaphor for life. "You look well suited like you came to win. Lust, spite and malice, your degrees of sin."
"I was never faithful and I was never one to trust. Borderlining schizo and guaranteed to cause a fuss." This line from "Black-eyed" is my favorite Placebo lyric. Molko shows his peculiar personality in this song. In the song "Blue American," you hear the dark side of Molko's voice. A slightly annoying, yet intense song, "Haemoglobin" is an important addition to the album. "Special K" is a fusion of sex and drugs, the distortion in this song is brilliant. The album opens with "Taste in Men," where Molko serenades to a lost love: "Come back to me a while, change your taste in men." The guitar riffs on "Days Before You Came" are awesome.
Overall, Black Market Music is Placebo at their best and I recommend this album to anyone who loves a mixture of grunge and emo rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second Masterpiece from a band of geniuses Dec 5 2001
Format:Audio CD
I took a chance after hearing "Pure Morning" on the radio and purchased "Without You I'm Nothing." I immediately fell in love with this band and waited with baited breath for "Black Market Music" to hit this side of the pond.
I don't know how, but Placebo has bested their own masterpiece with this glorious album. Every cut on this record is absolutely top-notch pop music with no filler in sight. Stand-outs include the rousing drug ballad "Special K," "Spite + Malice," with its hip-hop edge, the forlorn "Black-Eyed," the anti-capitalist rant "Slave to the Wage," and the soft-spoken "Peeping Tom." Brian Molko's voice is both nasal and sweet, and his vocals demand your attention on every cut, with the music not far behind.
I also appreciate the band's reprisal of the title track from "Without You I'm Nothing," the best of many good tracks on that album. David Bowie was a natural choice to include on this track, and his voice mingles with Molko's perfectly.
I really can't describe exactly what it is that I so love about this album, but I can tell you that perfection doesn't get any more perfect than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavier, nastier Sept. 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
Placebo have forever been trapped between britpop and punk: no-one was ever quite sure which way they leaned. On third album 'Black Market Music' the take a step towards the heavier side.
'Taste In Men' was perhaps not the best choice for first single, with its groove-based chilling rock, but its a good song, the softer 'Slave To The Wage' sounds quite a bit like a standard Placebo single whilst 'Special K' is an infectious, heavy, storming punk number with an unbelievably fast chorus and some nifty guitar work.
Elsewhere 'Spite + Malice' is an excellent injection of rap into Placebo's Britpunk, 'Days Before You Came' is a less infectious version of Special K, 'Passive Agressive' finds them in a some introspective mood and 'Blue American' and 'Commercial For Levi' are scarily assured in their quiet music while the lyrics strike deep into the heart. Drugs is a them Placebo continuously hit, and the two songs which are entirely about them on the album are 'Special K' and 'Commercial For Levi'. Whilst Special K is a standard 'this is how it feels' song, Commercial For Levi finds them for the first time questioning drugs, and pleading for the user to stop (I understand the fascination/I've ever been there once or twice or more/But if you don't change your situation/Then you'll die, you'll die, you'll die, don't die/Please don't die).
Haemoglobin is another good alt-rock number with the album's trademark guitars, an finally Peeping Tom is heartbreaking and doubtless the album's best lyrics, finishing with the empty chorus I'm weightless/I'm bare/I'm faithless/I'm scared. As an album closer, it sets the album's tone as thoroughly bleak.
Black Market Music may not be your party album (although Taste In Men has a groove you could dance to and Special K is postively euphoric) but it certainly serves as excellent material for your misunderstood teen, with some great tunes along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo is incredible!
Black Market Music by Placebo is an amazing alternative rock CD, with so many great songs that make you want to listen to them over and over again. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2008 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album You've Never Heard
Placebo had a big single years ago with "Pure Morning", but refused to become a one-hit wonder. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by JOHN VAN OMMEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Suede Meets Violent Femmes
I am old and decrepit (okay, just over 40) and I love this band and their album. They have enough bitterness, angst, and smooth manipulation of the English language to keep me... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by C. Albrecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album...
i have this album since 2001..but i still listen to it a couple of times a week....cause its so good..at first... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003 by Metal Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is my favourite Placebo album so far. Although Without You I'm nothing is more catchy, I have found that this album was deeper and more coherent. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2003 by Ivan Jekic
3.0 out of 5 stars Deja-vous has set in
On the back of two outstanding albums, Placebo have released a moody attempt at being alternative. Opener Taste in Men is an original electronica composition that distances itself... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2002 by Ernest
5.0 out of 5 stars Space_And_Time
There are two many things to say about this and all of the albums, which are all superb. I'd be here forever. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by John Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't left my 5-disk changer since I got it.
Yes, Black Market Music is that good. Special K (drug reference), Spite & Malice (NOT rap-metal, great chorus), Slave To The Wage (awesome video), and Hemoglobin are all stellar. Read more
Published on May 2 2002 by Reticuli
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bill's #17 of 2001
Appropriately titled Black Market Music. Placebo play jangly rock that has a sort of a twisted darkness to it. The slower songs are deep and emptional. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2001 by "bigbill72"
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