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2009 release, the sixth studio album from the British Alt-Rock trio. With a 13 year history that takes in five studio albums, 10 million album sales, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzy swell of global success, Placebo return with their first album since the release of Meds in 2006. Battle For The Sun was recorded over three months by producer Dave Bottrill (chosen by the band largely because of his work with Tool) in his Toronto studio and mixed in London by Alan Moulder. Battle For The Sun is a startling, alive, vital and boundary-vaulting record that marks a whole new era for a band that were in need of a change.

1. Kitty Litter
2. Ashtray Heart
3. Battle for the Sun
4. For What It's Worth
5. Devil in the Details
6. Bright Lights
7. Speak in Tongues
8. The Never-Ending Why
9. Julien
10. Happy You're Gone
11. Breathe Underwater
12. Come Undone
13. Kings of Medicine

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B0026UV77C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Vine on June 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Placebo since 2003 when I went into a record store and on a whim bought Sleeping with Ghosts. I have never looked back. Sleeping with Ghosts is a truly genius album, and to this day 6 years later, one of my favourites. In 2006, Placebo released Meds. It was a decent album, with some great highlights (Space Money in particular) and now in 2009, here is Battle for the Sun. I will admit that at first i was bias, because this is the first time in 10 years an album has been done without ex-drummer Steve Hewitt. This suddenly turned to excitement when i first heard the title track 'Battle for the Sun'. It was the perfect song, a truly well rounded Placebo sounding effort that had me anticipating the new album.
When the special edition arrived on my doorstep (in two beautiful colour books no less) and I listened to it the first time one thought came to mind: this doesn't sound like Placebo. Where's the mega ballad? Where's the alternative and grunge type sounds? Then you have to remember that they've grown up. How many times can Brian write songs about androgony and drugs? You have to remember he's 36 and has a young son now. Things have changed and I think that's why Placebo have lasted as long as they have. Every album is different. Without You I'm Nothing (their second effort) was very slow and soft, Black Market Music (their third album) was very electronic and Sleeping with Ghosts was...perfect.
After a few more listens, some songs started to stand out, Ashtray Heart, Bright Lights and Breathe Underwater, just to name a few. Still, Battle for the Sun would have to be my favourite song on the album because it is the only song that sounds truly like a Placebo song.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I loved Placebo's 2006 release "Meds" and was looking forward to this. For those who liked that album, this is more of the same but with horns featured subtly.

The lyrics might be repetitive in places, but they fit in with the feel of the song. Title track "Battle of the sun" is a perfect example, a slow burning rocker progressing to a grand crescendo with Brian Molko's strangled vocals absolutely soaring towards the end.

"Ashtray heart" is a sunny sing-along, while "For what it's worth" with its choppy riff wouldn't be out of place on an REM album (especially "Monster") and features a nice horn section. Taking down the tempo somewhat is "Devil in the details" with a blistering riff in the chorus. "Bright lights' is a pulsing number with chiming guitars, Molko singing in lower register, and affecting lyrics; "A heart that hurts, is a heart that works". True! Nice and sunny is "The never-ending why".

"Julien" features a low droning bassline and hushed vocals set to a stomping almost Disco beat, leading to a rocking orchestral second half. Definitely one of the finer moments of this disc.

Other standouts include the bouncy "Breathe underwater" and the trio of ballads "Happy you're gone" (with an almost lullaby-like first verse and bittersweet lyrics - "See me in the eyes of another's child/turn away when you see me walking by"), "Come undone", and the "Kings of medicine" (with a nice plucked guitar intro, gentle claps, and triumphant sounding horns at the end).

Every bit as good as "Meds"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elena Kravchenko on September 3, 2009
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Placebo's last album, Battle For The Sun, surprisingly, has been under a lot of criticism. It is true, that in their last album, the band has stepped outside the "Placebo box" and allowed their creative efforts to manifest themselves in an album that is not a typical Placebo production; however, the fact that the new album is different doesn't diminish the quality of the album: it is different, nevertheless great! In one of the interviews on the Placebo website, Brian Molko, has mentioned that Placebo tried to make the new album more "positive" and "universal" as opposed to their last album Meds that was very "dark" and saturated with personal pain; pain that was explored, poked at and examined, as if "under the microscope." Meds is my favorite album, and many would agree, that the "dark place" that Brian mentions, which inspired Meds, is the place where Placebo is at their best; there, in the "dark," Placebo is in their element, and has no equals. The band's ability to expose the darkest and most agonizing nuances of their personal experiences makes those who listen to their music appreciative of band's openness and makes it easier to connect to the emotions that infuse Placebo's music, because there is no questioning that those emotions are displayed in their most real form, no matter how horrific, embarrassing or painful.
However, one can also appreciate Placebo's attempt to shift their music into a more positive direction. Not every single experience in our life is a negative one, and it is interesting to see Placebo attempt to communicate those positive experiences through their music.
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