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With 2004's release of Placebo's singles collection the band reaffirmed that they've never quite fit into any particular fad. Their success has been gradual in the sense that their style and sound has progressed naturally with each album. Meds builds upon that notion while also embarking on a new phase for Placebo. Meds is their second coming. Frontman Brian Molko is no longer the glam-chic, gender-bending firestarter he once was. His songs are still angry and twisted in self-reflection and social rejection. Meds doesn't contain the rush to experiment like their previous records do. It's as bare and honest as Placebo has ever been, thanks to French producer Dimitri ...
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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
With 2004's release of Placebo's singles collection the band reaffirmed that they've never quite fit into any particular fad. Their success has been gradual in the sense that their style and sound has progressed naturally with each album. Meds builds upon that notion while also embarking on a new phase for Placebo. Meds is their second coming. Frontman Brian Molko is no longer the glam-chic, gender-bending firestarter he once was. His songs are still angry and twisted in self-reflection and social rejection. Meds doesn't contain the rush to experiment like their previous records do. It's as bare and honest as Placebo has ever been, thanks to French producer Dimitri Tikovoi's straight-forward approach in getting the band to make a bona fide rock record. There's a fresh vulnerability here and a sense of danger, too; the album's title track quickly enters this sphere. It's an obsessive moment confronting the social hypnosis and dependence of medication. The Kills' Alison Mosshart lends an anxious vocal backdrop as Placebo delivers an aggressive guitar-driven assault. Meds doesn't stop for breath until its end. Fans should be pleased with the menacing "Infra-Red" and the sexy ensnaring of "One of a Kind," two tracks which showcase Placebo's signature fiery performance style. When they're not deconstructing social expectations, Placebo's storytelling is equally powerful on the more lilting tracks. The shifty slow burn of "Space Monkey" is an epic ballad for the band. Placebo step out of their skin here. A squall of fuzzed guitars, strings, and Molko's brooding vocals strike to knock down the celebrity pedestal that creates a false human image. "Broken Promise," a duet with Michael Stipe, takes similar shape as a dramatic tale of adultery unfolds into a dark, emotional storm. Letting go of toxic relationships on "Song to Say Goodbye," a melancholic closing to Meds, brings the album full circle. To some, Meds might come off as less interesting compared to the slickness of older tracks such as "Taste in Men" and "Every You Every Me." Some may be over Molko's constant analysis of sex, drugs, and desire. What you see if what you get with Placebo and for the first time in a long time, that vision is clear. [The U.S. limited edition release includes a bonus DVD. Additional features include four previously unreleased audio tracks, their Wembley performance of "Twenty Years," a duet with the Cure on "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" as well as bonus material from backstage at Live 8 and special studio footage.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • UPC: 094635305128
  • Catalog Number: 53051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Meds - Alison Mosshart (2:55)
  2. 2 Infra-Red (3:15)
  3. 3 Drag (3:21)
  4. 4 Space Monkey (3:51)
  5. 5 Follow the Cops Back Home (4:39)
  6. 6 Post Blue (3:11)
  7. 7 Because I Want You (3:22)
  8. 8 Blind (4:01)
  9. 9 Pierrot the Clown (4:22)
  10. 10 Broken Promise (4:12)
  11. 11 One of a Kind (3:20)
  12. 12 In the Cold Light of Morning (3:52)
  13. 13 Song to Say Goodbye (3:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Twenty Years
  2. 2 If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
  3. 3 Backstage at Live 8
  4. 4 In the Cold Light of Morning
  5. 5 I Do
  6. 6 Pierrot the Clown
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Placebo Primary Artist
Lucy Wilkins Violin
Fiona Griffiths Viola
Katherine Shave Viola
Sara Wilson Cello
Jessie Murphy Violin
Helena Rathbone Cello
Dave "Soulfingers" Williams Violin
Deborah L. White Violin
Natalia Bonner Violin
Sarah Button Violin
Gita Langley Violin
Emma Owens Viola
Ellie Stanford Violin
Technical Credits
Bill Lloyd Engineer
Simon Williams Video Editor
James Hewitt Composer
Paul Corkett Producer
Kalle Weber Video Producer
Placebo Composer
Stefan Olsdal Composer
Fiona Brice String Arrangements
Brian Molko Composer
James Brown Engineer
Dimitri Tikovoi Producer
Nadav Kander Management
Nick Fry Video Director
Antony Crossfield Digital Imagery
Paul Campion Composer
Tim Young Mastering
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