Loud Like Love

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All Music Guide
This seventh studio album from the enduring British alt-rock icons is the follow-up to 2009's Battle for the Sun. 2012's B3 EP was hailed as a return to form, and a teaser video for this album's title track promises a heavy, driving, melodic, anthemic sound. Produced by Adam Noble Guillemots, who also worked on B3, and recorded at London's RAK Studios, where they tracked their fifth effort Meds, the record includes the single "Too Many Friends.,"
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This seventh studio album from the enduring British alt-rock icons is the follow-up to 2009's Battle for the Sun. 2012's B3 EP was hailed as a return to form, and a teaser video for this album's title track promises a heavy, driving, melodic, anthemic sound. Produced by Adam Noble Guillemots, who also worked on B3, and recorded at London's RAK Studios, where they tracked their fifth effort Meds, the record includes the single "Too Many Friends.,"
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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: 9/17/2013
  • Label: Ume
  • UPC: 602537417957
  • Catalog Number: 001876302
  • Sales rank: 1,286

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Loud Like Love (4:51)
  2. 2 Scene of the Crime (3:27)
  3. 3 Too Many Friends (3:34)
  4. 4 Hold On To Me (4:54)
  5. 5 Rob the Bank (3:38)
  6. 6 A Million Little Pieces (4:40)
  7. 7 Exit Wounds (5:48)
  8. 8 Purify (3:45)
  9. 9 Begin the End (6:00)
  10. 10 Bosco (6:39)
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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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