At times the most difficult part of writing these is choosing a song which, while technically proficient and wonderful, falls into one or several of the following categories: 1. overlooked 2. long forgotten 3. never technically released 4. from an artist that never quite reached the press. While many Placebo songs were extremely popular once upon a time, their more recent works have been largely overlooked by a lot of press.
And to add to this, Placebo tends to divide people. And that's OK. Brian Molko's voice is not for everyone, but his somewhat nasally approach is constantly surrounded by amazing music, and typically catchy and intelligent lyrics. But given an intentional attitude of underlying contrariness (not rebellion per se, but a fine challenging the status quo approach), others tend to shy away from them for many reasons (openness of drug use, sexuality and more).
My personal attraction to Placebo actually stems from all of these things, but my initial attraction was from a love of their guitar and drum sound. Placebo sounds like very few other bands, in a world of bands who are all using similar instruments in similar styles. With my featuring of tracks from NIN's last album, I have finally opened the gates for speaking about modern music (my definition of this, within the last few years, typically an album which is the most recent from an artist, or is still receiving support).
With this in mind, I'm looking at Placebo's latest album Loud Like Love, specifically the tracks Exit Wounds and Purify. Now, with that in mind, I absolutely recommend checking out the videos for Too Many Friends and Loud Like Love (Placebo is also notable for their short form music videos, and these two do not disappoint).
Exit Wounds perfectly channels what I consider to be one of those staples of emotionally charged music, the regretful, looking back breakup song. This is pure angst, the lyrics possibly stolen from the diaries of sad people everywhere. But, and this is where Placebo, for me, shines. Molko's voice just nails the emotional longing and remorse that most of us know all too well. It doesn't sound like a teenager, it doesn't sound like whining it sounds like self therapy, like if these lyrics aren't sung, then they will drive him mad.
Purify on the other hand... this song has a few sections which cause me to smile madly whenever I hear them. And is pure, pure Placebo. Rock in very few bars, a huge drum sound, cocksure bravado, making sex and relationships front, center and letting everything else fade away. These songs follow each other, in this order, on the album. Like a Yin and Yang, regret and ecstasy. This is the song I often find myself humming / singing softly when I forget myself.
Gamecat235 was a music reviewer once upon a time, has been listening to music of all walks for just about his entire life, and has far too many CDs, not nearly enough records, and befriends DJ's very very easily. This series was started when an online discussion made him realize, yet again, that he knew more about the music he loved than he really had any reason to, and that he missed writing about it. You can find him online all over the place, but he's most active here. Have any songs or albums that you think everyone should know about, but no one does? Share them in the comments!
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