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  • Summary: The UK glam-punk band returns with their fourth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 85
    The album is overflowing with modern day punk-pop anthems, dressed up with technological marvels and justifiably bleak outlooks. [#5, p.89]
  2. Like post-Kelli Sneaker Pimps or a goth Massive Attack, it adds slow trip-hop beats and whispery vocals to a dreamy soundscape.
  3. Sound-wise, 'Sleeping With Ghosts' is pretty much flawless.
  4. No peaks, no gorges, just a steady oscillation between adequate and inspired.
  5. New fans will find Sleeping With Ghosts to be a good record. Old fans, though, might think the band wimped out while growing up.
  6. It's a rare rocktronic mix that actually grooves, even if the ride can be a little jittery.
  7. 40
    Ultimately, the anthems are as generic as they are hooky. [May 2003, p.123]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. [Anonymous]
    Mar 2, 2007
    10
    Placebo!!!!!! The best band i ever heard
  2. lennu
    May 23, 2004
    10
    I simply like it...:)
  3. taleden
    Jun 12, 2003
    10
    best album ever made by placebo
  4. FredR
    Mar 13, 2006
    10
    It's amazing! Great lyrics about love in many ways and many other feelings are expressed trough Brian words.
  5. Dan
    May 12, 2007
    9
    The second best Placebo-Record till now...
  6. Apr 14, 2014
    9
    the great album of palcebo, in this balance of electro pop, with no loose the essential rock of the first albums, is the complement of Without You i'm Nothing in Live Expand
  7. PaulK
    Apr 8, 2003
    8
    God this album gets into your head! Songs like bulletproof cupid, english summer rain, this picture, the bitter end (what a classic!) and plasticine are all worthy of single releases and are great indie-pop songs. Unfortunately with every placebo album there are a few crap songs. Second sight is b-side material and I'll be yours is mildly irritating and centrefolds is quite boring. All in all though well worth buying. Its the second placebo I've bought and on the strength of this album I intend to buy the other remaining two. Expand

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