Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. New fans will find Sleeping With Ghosts to be a good record. Old fans, though, might think the band wimped out while growing up.
  2. As much an album for slam-dancing nights out at Goth haunts as it is music for the psychiatrist’s couch.
  3. Sleeping With Ghosts is glorious; an unrepentant emotional exorcism that cohesively hurdles between the bleak and wounded, the exuberant and defiant.
  4. 40
    Ultimately, the anthems are as generic as they are hooky. [May 2003, p.123]
  5. Sound-wise, 'Sleeping With Ghosts' is pretty much flawless.
  6. 85
    The album is overflowing with modern day punk-pop anthems, dressed up with technological marvels and justifiably bleak outlooks. [#5, p.89]
  7. 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]
  8. No peaks, no gorges, just a steady oscillation between adequate and inspired.
  9. Like post-Kelli Sneaker Pimps or a goth Massive Attack, it adds slow trip-hop beats and whispery vocals to a dreamy soundscape.
  10. It tends to dilute the very elements that make the band unique.
  11. Spikily brilliant. [Apr 2003, p.111]
  12. It's a rare rocktronic mix that actually grooves, even if the ride can be a little jittery.
  13. Placebo may never reach an American audience past its established fans, but those fans ought to gravitate to Sleeping With Ghosts' uncluttered, moody niche.
  14. 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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    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 Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    First 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
    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 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 »