Meds - Placebo

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. As sleek and assured as anything the trio have done.
  2. Darker than its predecessors, the harrowing Meds is as close Placebo have come to that perfect album.
  3. Secure, self-aware and even funny, this could well be the masterpiece they've always promised to make. [11 Mar 2006, p.43]
  4. Stellar. [May 2006, p.176]
  5. While there is nothing even marginally groundbreaking here, Placebo have still returned with another steady record in Meds.
  6. Meds is as bare and honest as Placebo has ever been.
  7. Their most focused album to date. [Apr 2006, p.118]
  8. Molko still manages to carry songs with his affected, nasal delivery as the band provides a steady backbone.
  9. 60
    A third of these songs can rightly be claimed as classic Placebo pop. [Apr 2006, p.106]
  10. Piles on near-emo levels of deep feelings over a plush bed of New Order synth beats and echoey atmospherics. [6 Apr 2006, p.69]
  11. A version of Coldplay's X&Y for the Hot Topic set, Meds finds a successful band doing just a little to tinker with their proven formula--in this case, bombastic melodic hooks supporting straightforward, repetitive lyrical turns-of-phrase--and attempting to pass off a few too many soundalike tracks as thematic coherence.
  12. Meds isn't a terrible album, but there's very little to get excited about on it either, and Placebo's calculated naughtiness is no more convincing than it's ever been.
  13. If you are able to ignore the lyrics, you'll be rewarded: the choruses on Meds are catchy.
  14. 40
    The endless drug references now seem calculating rather than risque, while the daft lyrics simply grate. [Apr 2006, p.106]
  15. Molko aims for film-noir sleaziness, but barely warrants a parental-guidance sticker.
  16. Sure, there are some massive tunes here, more so than on much of the band’s recent work. But by the time the chorus on “Blind” fades back into the verse, it’s so familiar that the anthem passes by without leaving a trace of emotion whatsoever.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 7 out of 40
  1. joris
    Apr 5, 2006
    More of the same pathos, they made a boring formula out of themselves... and that's a pitty for a band that was once very good, now I can't even stand Brain's voice anymore, always drowned in those same guitarlayers+synth/sound... though on some songs like INFRA-RED or Song To Say Goodbye e.g. they still prove they can write some decent and exciting rocksongs Full Review »
  2. Apr 14, 2014
    The best album since Without You I'm Nothing, and the best album of hte decade, an classic album, have all the energy, have it all,is an album with no mistakes, is the perfect album that the old fans should have Full Review »
  3. Mar 21, 2012
    Meds has got an energy and freshness that wasn't quite present on the bands previous albums since Without You I'm Nothing. Although far from perfect, it's got some great stuff on it and it's probably Placebo's best produced album. In the Cold Light of Morning is the only track I really don't like - it's dreary B-Side material at best.. Every other track has it's merits. There are some average tracks with good parts to them but there are also a lot of great tracks. Because I Want You and Follow the Cops Back Home are the highlights for me. The title track works really well with VV from the Kills guesting. Michael Stipes appearance is wasted on Broken Promise - it's an ok song but there is no room for Stipe to add anything extra to the track. Full Review »