Having taken a year out of the spotlight, Brian Molko and co. finally return with what is arguably their best record since 1998’s ‘Without You I’m Nothing’. The trio rediscover the guitar-driven urgency of their early records on songs like ‘Drag’ and ‘One Of A Kind’ but still retain their love of experimentation, particularly evident in the looped beats and beautifully expansive melancholy of ‘Pierrot The Clown’. The angst-fixated lyrics of yore have also given way to more reflective, outward-looking subject matter, although old-school fans need not worry; Placebo are still along way off from ‘jolly pop song’ territory.
Don’t be put off by recent single ‘Because I Want You’ – it’s one of the weakest tracks on offer here, and will no doubt provide a good opportunity to go and get a drink or re-apply your eyeliner at the upcoming shows:
5th April – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
6th April – Glasgow Academy
8th April – Newcastle Academy
9th April – Birmingham Academy
11th April – London Alexandra Palace