Three years after the worldwide success of Black Market Music, famed British trio Placebo returns with its much-anticipated fourth studio effort.
Three years after the worldwide success of Black Market Music, famed British trio Placebo returns with its much-anticipated fourth studio effort. Working with producer Jim Abbiss (U.N.K.L.E., DJ Shadow), the group delivers a strikingly mature collection, infusing its signature punk-pop sound with edgy electronic flourishes. Lead vocalist/lyricist Brian Molko bares his soul to unleash visceral and reflective elegies to the ghosts of relationships past, resulting in the group's most potent work to date, recalling the haunting intensity of the Church and the impassioned urgency of the Psychedelic Furs. Cuts like "English Summer Rain," "This Picture," the title track, "Second Sight," and "The Bitter End" burst with a mixture of furious punk aggression, maudlin melodic pop, and subtle electronic experimentation. Sleeping With Ghosts is glorious; an unrepentant emotional exorcism that cohesively hurdles between the bleak and wounded, the exuberant and defiant.—CR
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