|1. Pure Morning|
|2. Brick Shithouse|
|3. You Don't Care About Us|
|4. Ask For Answers|
|5. Without You I'm Nothing|
|6. Allergic (To Thoughts Of Mother Earth)|
|7. The Crawl|
|8. Every You Every Me|
|9. My Sweet Prince|
|10. Summer's Gone|
|11. Scared Of Girls|
|12. Burger Queen|
|13. Evil Dildo (hidden track)|
In order to fully enjoy this album, you must pitch every CD you own in trash and delete all other MP3's off your computer, cause otherwise your head'll spin with off the rip-offs. Brain Molko seems to be the worst offender of the group- I won;t meantion the same things that other revewiers have pointed out- David Bowie, the Cure, ect ect- I'll just point out what nobody else seems to have noticed yet.
Listen to this: a band that classified themselves as British Rock with a slightly goth feel, has a pretty-boy androgynous vocalist with a thing for makeup, and was inspired by such bands as Radiohead and The Cure. Wow, that sounds a lot like another band like Placebo, except FAR FAR FAR better: Plastic Tree.
Short black hair, cute little boy stage attiude, black eyeshade and cutesy clothes-Brian REALLY wants to be Ryutaro Arimura , doesn't he? Too bad he didn't take some stage tips from Ryutaro as well as appearence; it would have done him a world of good...
Placebo is in a league all their own: deftly coalescing powerful vocals with soaring guitars, thunderous beats and ultra-hypnotic grooves. Addictively enjoyable rock worth returning to time and time again.
And on top of that, the album offers some absolutely incredible tracks that call for multiple listenings. The hidden track in "Burger Queen" (possibly the most hidden track I've ever heard - eight minutes of silence precede it) is practically 100% instrumental, but its a good final reminder of the amazing guitar work that dominates the album. Guitar work best scene with the opener, "Pure Morning," the most rock-friendly track on "Without You", and one that begs to be played at full blast. "Every You and Every Me" delivers much of the same rock sound. But the best tracks on the album aren't the guitar showcases.
"The Crawl" is a minimalistic, tragic love anthem ("Your smile would make me sneeze / when we were Siamese"), that could be one of the most haunting songs ever, if not for "My Sweet Prince", an even more minimalistic, more haunting, and more beautiful love anthem, this time to heroin addiction. Its easily the most beautiful song on the album, and its one of the many reasons I keep returning to this cd again and again...