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  • Summary: This is the third album from London glam-rockers Placebo. The U.S. release adds two bonus tracks: a new version of "Without You I'm Nothing" with David Bowie guesting on vocals, and a cover of Depeche Mode's "I Feel You."
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. 100
    This is an awesome album, almost certainly Placebo's pinnacle, although I'd love to be proved wrong.
  2. The album's consistency easily outmatches even the highest watermarks of either predecessor.
  3. While Placebo's latest, Black Market Music, doesn't have any single track as galvanizing as "Pure Morning," Molko, Swedish bassist Stefan Olsdal, and English drummer Steve Hewitt have again crafted a hip-hop-laced collection of hard-driving rock that effectively mixes clever wordplay with solid musicianship.
  4. Black Market Music feels like a watershed, a merely good record after a great one, and that in itself is disappointing.
  5. 60
    Placebo's indie-glam rock fusion still sounds on CD like a good idea, and little more.
  6. Black Market Music loses its sparkle and its melodic sense whenever it grows a conscience.
  7. I suppose that the backstreet Black Market Music will endear itself to gender-exploring teenagers who find the girl-on-girl action in Buffy the Vampire Slayer "fucking awesome."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Xmen
    Mar 6, 2003
    excellent CD! à réécouter chaque fois qu'on le désire sans lassitude!! Bravo Placebo!
  2. Mar 4, 2013
    my favourite band and my favourite album of all time.Yes even better than without you i'm nothing. Glam rockers placebo emerged back in the mid nineties at the height of britpop era.Whilst there were many copy bands of the likes of oasis and blur,placebo were totally unique.Influenced by bands such as sonic youth,brian molko and the gang made unique angsty songs that people could relate to. A band of outsiders for outsiders i believe Molko quoted and this is true.If you are angsty you are likely to relate to this band. I also think molko is an underated guitarist and uses some weird kind of tunings at times.That coupled with a unique high pitch voice and poetic lyrics,the band is vastly underated.Loved and loathed in equal measure,placebo aren't likely to appear on the front cover of NME again.But who needs NME?.They get it wrong a lot and there top 100 lists are predictable. I will continue to love this band till i die and never forget 'peeping tom' off this record. Expand
  3. WarrenS
    Oct 2, 2003
    Critics be damned! This is a great cd!
  4. [Anonymous]
    Mar 2, 2007
    I love Placebo!!!!!!!
  5. MichaelL.
    Jun 14, 2002
    hahahahaha 52!! this is the best cd of all time!! all cd of placebo is a masterpiece(and i include single) but the biggest joke in this is that black market music have 52 but the great eminem(i will to say in the same time that eminem is one of the worst in music) have 73!! Expand
  6. MarcoM
    Nov 15, 2005
    This album is a masterpiece; it has influenced my taste in music (MUSIC not men) in various ways. Simply genius.
  7. paulb
    Jan 29, 2009
    Great album, made me feel ok.

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