Meds - Placebo
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  • Summary: Michael Stipe and VW (The Kills) guest on the UK band's first album in three years.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. As sleek and assured as anything the trio have done.
  2. Secure, self-aware and even funny, this could well be the masterpiece they've always promised to make. [11 Mar 2006, p.43]
  3. While there is nothing even marginally groundbreaking here, Placebo have still returned with another steady record in Meds.
  4. 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.
  5. 60
    A third of these songs can rightly be claimed as classic Placebo pop. [Apr 2006, p.106]
  6. If you are able to ignore the lyrics, you'll be rewarded: the choruses on Meds are catchy.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 7 out of 40
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    10
    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 Expand
  2. Mar 21, 2012
    8
    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. Expand

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