Battle For The Sun

  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Jun 9, 2009
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56

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Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Battle for the Sun, the band's sixth album and first with drummer Steve Forrest, is given a steel-reinforced production by David Bottrill, a sound that could conceivably be placed on mainstream rock radio if that format still existed, or if it were used as a vehicle for something else than Placebo's music, which remains resolutely pitched toward a niche audience, no matter how many little frills of horns or farting synths grace their guitar grind.
  2. Battle For The Sun feels hazy, lazy and lost--a muggy summer afternoon. Predictable lyrics grate awkwardly like manufactured pop-factory produce, while a ‘nice’ helping of sunshine-synth and sighs paint a chirpy celebration of life and all its hand-clappy beauty. Meh.
  3. The album may revive the band's career in North America, but for many of their loyal fans it will come as a major disappointment.