Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
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Favourite: Brick Shithouse
Runner Up: Without You I'm Nothing
Underrated: The Crawl (Please listen to this stunning song if you haven't heard it)
Overrated: Nothing really is IMO but maybe "Pure Morning" if pushed to pick one. It opens the album and its the weakest song on it IMO - it certainly does not act as an indicator of the great stuff that follows.
Placebo are a band I love - and this is them at their peak. A mix of raw energy and beautiful melancholy.
It is an autobiographical album IMO of Brian Molko's youth and feelings of angst, being vulnerable and confused, relationships that are f***** and alienation and hedonism.
The songs at times have lyrics that are bit "cringey" but that has always been the case with them, and whilst they are a bit cliched at times they don't in any way detract from the thrilling sound of the record.
It is a very powerful record - with some powerful sounds, but its softer moments also pack a real punch.
The record has a way of drawing me in even now, but it really did when it was released back in 98 when I was a lad in my 20's not the miserable old get in his 40's I am now!
The album can be brutal at times (Brick Shithouse) and just beautiful and heartbreaking at others (The Crawl, Burger Queen - to name two)
If you haven't ever given this band a go - give this album a go, you won't be disappointed.
1. "Pure Morning" 4:14
2. "Brick Shithouse" 3:18
3. "You Don't Care About Us" 3:58
4. "Ask for Answers" 5:19
5. "Without You I'm Nothing" 4:08
6. "Allergic (To Thoughts of Mother Earth)" 3:49
7. "The Crawl" 2:59
8. "Every You Every Me" 3:33
9. "My Sweet Prince" 5:45
10. "Summer's Gone" 3:05
11. "Scared of Girls" 3:01
12. "Burger Queen/Evil Dildo" 22:39