Loud Like Love

Loud Like Love

by Placebo
     
 

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As it turns out, it's rather telling that not far into their career, Placebo made a memorable appearance in Todd Haynes' 1998 David Bowie roman a clef/glam rock homage Velvet Goldmine as a sinewy band clearly invented as a stand-in for T. Rex. In the yearsSee more details below

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As it turns out, it's rather telling that not far into their career, Placebo made a memorable appearance in Todd Haynes' 1998 David Bowie roman a clef/glam rock homage Velvet Goldmine as a sinewy band clearly invented as a stand-in for T. Rex. In the years since, the members have shown little interest in branching out into broader areas of pop, and have instead focused largely on the passionate goth niche they originally carved for themselves, relishing Marc Bolan-esque cult status rather than pursuing radio-friendly superstardom. And indeed, this single-mindedness has rewarded the band with a devoted fan base -- one that went so far as to start a viral campaign to celebrate lead singer/songwriter Brian Molko's 40th birthday in 2012. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Placebo's seventh studio album, 2013's Loud Like Love, will certainly appeal to the band's longtime fans more than to casual listeners. That being said, the release is among the group's most accessible material, even if their tendency toward goth romance and arch fantasy are still very much intact. Produced by Adam Noble, who has worked with a variety of artists including Haley Westenra, the Guillemots, and Paul McCartney, Loud Like Love has a sonic warmth that helps buoy Placebo's often melancholy songs. Along with the warmer production, there is a maturity and long-form dramatic tension to many of the songs on Loud Like Love. To these ends, we get the jangly, R.E.M.-sounding title track, the anthemic moodiness of "Too Many Friends," and the slow-burn power ballad "Hold on to Me." Many of these songs play like less-alienated, if no less paranoid, OK Computer-era Radiohead cuts. However, the songs here are still laden with Molko's high-pitched vocals, which he characteristically uses to play the eternally angst-ridden and alienated teenager -- something the band's fans will surely appreciate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2013
Label:
Ume
UPC:
0602537417957
catalogNumber:
001876302
Rank:
58417

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Placebo   Primary Artist
Stephen Hussey   Violin
Everton Nelson   Violin
Fiona Brice   Conductor,Background Vocals
Jennifer Christie   Viola
Richard George   Violin
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Laura Anstee   Cello
Emma Owens   Viola
Ellie Stanford   Violin
Rachel Robson   Viola
Katherine Mayes   Violin
Sarah Willson   Cello
Helena Wood   Violin
Vicky Matthews   Cello
Helen Rathbone   Cello
Christopher George   Violin
Kotono Sato   Violin
Janina Kopinska   Viola
William Lloyd   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Dick Beetham   Mastering
Placebo   Composer,String Arrangements
Fiona Brice   String Arrangements
Adam Noble   Programming,Producer
Fabian Waltmann   Programming
Joseph Llanes   Band Photo
William Lloyd   Programming,Engineer

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