Album review: Placebo - 'Battle For The Sun'

Album review: Placebo - 'Battle For The Sun'

In medicine, for a placebo to work, the patient has to have absolute faith in the sugar pill they’ve been given. In this case, with a prayer on their glossed lips and nail varnished fingers crossed behind their back it’s entirely possible for...

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Placebo  : London Charing Cross Road Astoria

Placebo : London Charing Cross Road Astoria

Bottom line: we don't deserve Placebo. Oh yes, our cool-for-ten-minutes blip-scene system has helped make the UK the centre of the known rock universe and NME its pulsing focal point, but we've gone one bald joke too far when the best British rock...

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Placebo  : The Bitter End

Placebo : The Bitter End

Placebo could metamorphose into a mind-blowing Outkast -meets-Polyphonic Spree style psychedelic gospel hip hop collective and some people still wouldn’t be able to hear past Brian Molko’s trademark whine. That’s his lookout: you set...

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Placebo : Special K

Placebo : Special K

More high-pitched whining from the self-styled dumbest man in rock. No amount of powerhouse drumming can disguise the fact that this is formulaic angst-rock that Brian's written about a love that's either like a) a drug so mind-numbingly...

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Idlewild/Paris Olympia

Idlewild/Paris Olympia

"Merci," utters Roddy Woomble eyeing the 5,000 bodies squashed into the sleek Olympia in the heart of Paris after unleashing Idlewild's 'Film For The Future' in typically manic fashion as Rod Jones and Bob Fairfoull hammer the guitar and...

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Edinburgh Corn Exchange

Edinburgh Corn Exchange

News just in: Nottingham nihilists Six By Seven have covered Greg Lake's ancient 'I Believe in Father Christmas' for The Big Issue 's forthcoming Chrimbo compilation album. For those under 50, it should be pointed out that Greg's Santa-based song...

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Black Market Music

Black Market Music

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. In recent interviews, Brian Molko has been as desperately, irrationally defensive as a cornered animal facing its executioner. He has seen raised daggers in Dictaphones and...

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Slave To The Wage

Slave To The Wage

Placebo Slave To The Wage (Hut) Having rather put his foot in it by talking out loud, Brian Molko finds himself in the middle of an epic salvage operation before Placebo 's third album has even reached the shops. Still,...

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Taste In Men

Taste In Men

Placebo Taste In Men (Hut) Oh, hello. Speak of the shortarse. Burnt spoons on the cover of this one from the indie Gary Numan and his couple of muppets. So you know what they're saying: hey we're subversive. Hey, we're all crazy...

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Without You I'm Nothing

Without You I'm Nothing

BRIAN MOLKO CAN'T BE WHAT he's not. He might claim he was burned by the accusations of misogyny and drug abuse and sexual indiscretion that dogged Placebo 's progress last time around, but you can bet your bottom dollar he doesn't feel too bad...

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