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
    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. sAND
    Apr 5, 2006
    Absolutely wonderful effort to make a perfect album. Worth every penny.
  3. MortenO
    Nov 5, 2006
    for me this is the perfect album. I saw them at Roskilde and they blow me away....
  4. FredericoM
    Apr 4, 2006
    Good all around cd.
  5. DecepticonPom
    Apr 21, 2006
    A bit of alright, I suppose. There will be much better and much worse albo's out this year. But finishing the albo with the lead single (Song To Say Goodbye) is a rare bold move. Expand
  6. AliM
    Apr 6, 2006
    Zzzzzzzzzzz. Sounds just like every other record Placebo have ever released - it sounds kinda catchy at first but wears thin very quickly.
  7. SoupS
    Apr 7, 2006
    I wish there was more to this band than their image. But all the bisexual-goffick-singing-about-gay-sex posturing in the world won't save a band who writes songs as utterly boring as this one. Expand

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