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  • Summary: The sixth album for the London-based rock trio was produced by Dave Bottrill and is the band's first album with new drummer, Steve Forrest (original drummer Steve Hewitt parted company in 2007).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Battle For The Sun takes the best elements of thier sound and focuses it into a cohesive listening experience--there's no filler to be found. [Jul 2009, p.130]
  2. [The album’s final track is] a satisfying conclusion to the band’s best album since 2000’s Black Market Music.
  3. The band has made records more appealingly outré than this one. Raise the freak flag higher, dudes!
  4. A heavier take on their gothic moan-rock.
  5. The bulk is what Placebo term "hard pop": lean, muscular movers shot through with melody. As unfashionable as it may be to say so, there aren't many bands that do it better. [July 2009]
  6. Too many songs are full of bombast and bland angst, as if these smart guys know better but can't help themselves.
  7. They've jettisoned just about anything that ever made them perversely enjoyable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 30, 2014
    The last great placebo album, with a new drummer, & new sound full of greatest song, is the 4th. best album of the band, change style music, change drummer, change evrything, wouldn't be the same in the next years. the last great album of Placebo Expand
  2. Dana
    Jun 29, 2009
    Didn't like it at first, but now I'm totally addicted to it. Best Placebo album, doubtless.
  3. BrunoRoss
    Jun 9, 2009
  4. AnneL
    Nov 8, 2009
    What a pleasure! Love most of the songs. Drums still powerful and lyrics showing a new stage / maturity in Brian's life. Had been disappointed with their albums after Black Market Music. This one makes them top of my list again. Gripping music. Fabulous sounds. Love letting them take over me! Expand
  5. JazzUp
    Jan 26, 2010
    There's both dark and bright feelings in the album. Every song is full of meaning. I consider this album decent and I've paid for it already. Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2013
    At first listen it was my least favourite Placebo record. Apart from Brian Molko's vocals it just doesn't feel like a Placebo record. It might be the brighter, more positive sound of the record or it might be the strange pop like production. There is definitley a placebo shaped hole in the middle of this album and it just isn't as spikey as other Placebo records. Strangely enough the band re-released the record a year after its initial release in remastered form, a treatment usually reserved for records that are decades old. The remastered version is a marked improvement, with the new mix giving the record a fuller and deeper sound. It has definitely helped me to hear the record in a different light and the more I've listened to it over the last few years the more I like it. I'm still not sure if I would rate it above any other Placebo record but I have decided it is a very decent record, undeserving of the criticism its received. For those who don't like it perhaps try the "redux" (remastered) version. It's definitely a better record. Getting to the songs, they are still different to the traditional Placebo sound being more power chord rock than glam/goth rock. The band obviously tried to go in a different direction with this record and for that should be commended rather than lambasted. There are plenty of excellent tracks on it but perhaps is spread a little too thin at 13 tracks. That said, I can find positives with every track, even "The Never Ending Why", my least favourite track on the record, has a nice dancy chorus. In fact there are several times throughout the album where I'm reminded of the bands cover of Boney M's Daddy Cool, be that a good or bad thing. The worst thing about the album is that lyrically at times it takes itself a bit too seriously, and also the fact that Trigger Happy Hands was omitted from it and included on a bonus disk on a reissued version of the album. For the most part it's a very strong album.  Expand
  7. DavidH
    Dec 13, 2009
    Didn't like it at all at first, but it has started to grow on me. It was much much better at a live has 3 songs which stand out which can make an album these days because more people tend download singles from itunes etc than albums. i can understand why a lot of hardened fans such as myself wont like it but at least they are trying to sound more rounded. I think this will go down better in the U.S.A than past albums. overall a good effort but just not good enough for Placebo, I feel slightly disappointed. Expand

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