Sleeping With Ghosts

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It's a rare rocktronic mix that actually grooves, even if the ride can be a little jittery.
  2. New fans will find Sleeping With Ghosts to be a good record. Old fans, though, might think the band wimped out while growing up.
  3. It tends to dilute the very elements that make the band unique.
  4. Uncut
    40
    Electro-guru Jim Abbiss... can't salvage much from the band's often tedious three-chord bustlings or Molko's lamely repetitious lyrics. [May 2003, p.90]
  5. Blender
    40
    Ultimately, the anthems are as generic as they are hooky. [May 2003, p.123]
  6. Mojo
    40
    There's some terrific and accessible stuff here.... but the result is still an album that retreads old Placebo themes. [Apr 2003, p.110]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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 Withoutthe 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 Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    9
    First Placebo album that is not a collection of random-themed songs, but concentrates on a one problem ended relationships and people thatFirst Placebo album that is not a collection of random-themed songs, but concentrates on a one problem ended relationships and people that remains with us as a 'ghosts'. Beautiful lyrics and vocals with great arrangement.

    Favourite: Sleeping with Ghosts, Centrefolds, This Picture, The Bitter End, Special Needs, Protect me from what I want.
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  3. Mar 16, 2012
    8
    Placebo's 4th album is another solid piece of work but again fails to come near their best work Without You I'm Nothing. While most of thePlacebo's 4th album is another solid piece of work but again fails to come near their best work Without You I'm Nothing. While most of the songs are quite good, very few of them are exceptional. Also, despite it being a pretty good collection of songs, they don't all necessarily go together to make a cohesive album and at times the pacing and style is a bit all over the place. That said, "The Bitter End", "Plasticine" and especially "Protect me from what I want" are all up there with the bands best work and there are no weak tracks on it. I don't think it works as an album but I'm still giving it an due to the number of really good tracks on it. Full Review »