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Sleeping With Ghosts Import
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|5. The Bitter End|
|6. Something Rotten|
|8. Special Needs|
|9. I'll Be Yours|
|10. Second Sight|
|11. Protect Me from What I Want|
Since the band's 1996 self-titled debut, Placebo has penchant for delivering spiky, stylishly slick pop songs, in particular "Nancy Boy" and "Pure Morning." Brian Molko's femme-like vocals and androgynous appearance is matched with Stefan Olsdal and Steve
Sex and drugs and rock & roll have figured prominently in Placebo's glitterered-up, androgynous music. Sleeping with Ghosts is a little more coy than past recordings, dealing more with the torturous psychological aspects of relationships than with the exchange of body fluids. Not that there isn't any room for fetishism. "This Picture," for example, apparently dwells on sado-masochism and comes over as just the sort of trash-glam pop stomp once associated with Suede. "The Bitter End" ("Since we're feeling so anaesthatized") is a big, bruising, fatalistic rocker. At times it's hard to tell whether Brian Molko is repulsed or perversely inspired by his subject matter, although he's definitely bored with the bloody weather (the cheerless "English Summer Rain" is a subdued pop tune driven by rhythmic electronic jolts) and the waltz- time, Doors-influenced "Protect Me from What I Want" finds him praying to be delivered from his own personal temptations. Sleeping with Ghosts, however, is as much an album for slam-dancing nights out at Goth haunts as it is music for the psychiatrists couch. --Kevin Maidment
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It's not a *bad* album perse... it's just not good. Background info: I've been a Placebo fan since 1998, swept up in the "Without You I'm Nothing" haze and the common 13-year-old "ooo... pretty boy!" mindset. And it wasn't unjustified. Mr. Molko was in his make-up drenched, long-haired heyday, writing quirky pop songs with the subtle dementia and histrionic ambivalence characteristic of many great post-punk bands (as well as many great bands of all kinds). The first album is essentially bursting out of the seems; energetic and defiant pop music with a camp edge, which was a breath of fresh air amongst the earnest drone of some many bands of the era. The music was fresh and alive... it had a life all its own and embodied a world of drugs, sex, and an acute existential awareness and expressiveness as affected by drugs and sex, all filtered thru the corpse of camp rock n' roll. Then came Without You I'm Nothing. A wonderful album. Probably their best. Much darker and slightly ethereal - strangely imperminent, as if the same thoughts in the brilliant minds giving us the first album were twisted and contorted in fun-house mirrors and dizzied by the fumes of black nail varnish. A beautiful and evokative album by all accounts (I still think "your smile would make me sneeze/ when we were Siamese" is one of the best lines ever).
That was the end of an era. Black Market Music followed suit, bringing them tons of new fans, but showing an "aging" (for lack of a better term, though seems akward considering most of the music I listen to is courtesy old or dead people) Placebo.Read more ›
Anyway I am really enjoying listening to the album.
The album consists of 12 tracks. There is one slow ballad with mostly keyboards called 'Centerfolds'. 'Special Needs' is sort of a ballad that kicks into a synth/slightly distorted guitar/slightly electronic effects added song and then kicks into a distorted guitar/synth instrumental and then back into the original form with strong distorted guitar added. It is a really beautiful song. 'I'll be yours' is sort of a slower/ballad type song with cool almost jungle sounding drums/cool clean electric guitar with some cool hauntingly distorted synths towards the end.
A couple of cool synth/electronica/rock/glam songs like 'English Summer Rain' which has a really cool progression of synths and guitars and nice drumming. The cool techno effect in the background reminds me of something from 'George Michael's' 'Faith Album'. 'This Picture' really showcases Brian Molko's vocal range with cool synths/bass/and guitar. 'Sleeping with ghosts' has some cool vocal effects, nice acoustic guitar a funky bassline, and sweet synths. 'The Bitter End' has cool synths and clean electric guitar and a sweet bassline and latter kicks into an all out rocker. It is another song that really showcases Brian's vocals. My absolute favorite song reminds me of something from 'Depeche Mode's' 'Home' album because of the cool synths and menacing guitar it is called 'Protect Me from what I want'.
Total all out monster stompers like the intro song instrumental 'Bulletproof Cupid'. 'Plasticine' is a cool rock song. I like the lyrics 'Don't forget to be the way you are'.Read more ›
Now after a couple of months, the only word that I can use to describe this album is FLAWLESS! It is one of the very few albums in my (not so small!) collection that I can listen from start to finish without even thinking of skipping a song.
The first track, which is an instrumental, is just perfect. The only other rock instrumental that has such a central place in its album (IMO) is Orion from Metallica's Master of Puppets.
After this, all you get is one great song after the other. Placebo's uptempo songs have always been winners for me (and there are plenty of great ones here, This Picture, Bitter End, Plasticine), but I think their genius is more apparent in the slow songs.
In this album, they opt to really experiment with the slow songs and the results are spectacular. The weird electronic noises in Something Rotten are used most brilliantly to maximize its claustrophobic and paranoid mood. The chorus-less I'll Be Yours just builds up the tension without releasing it, and when it ends misery is all you are allowed to feel.
Oh by the way, the lyrics have never been central to Placebo's songs, they are almost always vehicles for Brian Molko's _____( I can't come up with a satisfactory adjective!) voice. So if you don't seem to connect with the songs, try to focus on the texture underneath, and not to "decipher" the lyrics!
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this is a band you either love or hate. i'd always admired them for their originality although i wasn't a big fan... Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by MaR
Placebo was my favorite all time band only three years ago! I adored everything about them: how beautiful Brian Molko was, his voice, the clever yet catchy lyrics, and just the... Read morePublished on June 6 2004
yeah, um, so i won this cd off my local radio station and i listened to it a couple of times and then i put it away but now i listen to it like heaps, outstaning... Read more
Only recently, have I discovered Placebo, and already thier music has taken me over. When I listened to the c. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Sandy
I don't typically review CD's on-line, so this will be brief. I'm giving this a five for one reason: I'm on buying this CD for the 2nd time because I wore out my first copy. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Alexander Blinstein
Honestly, I thought Sleeping With Ghosts was a superb album. I know a lot of people didn't like it, but I enjoyed the album as a whole. 5/5, yo! XDPublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Claire
This hurried album sounds like a collection of bad b-sides. The other 3 Placebo albums are much better, lyrically and musically. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by William Brownville