Black Market Music
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Brian Molko's voice is unlike anyone I've heard before. He entrances his audience with his jaded lyrics and melodic voice. His songs are about drugs, depression, and distorted love. The song "Commercial for Levi" is my personal favorite on the album, it is a excellent demonstration of Molko's soothing voice and eccentric lyrics: "You're the one who's always choking Trojan, you're the one who's always bruised and broken, drunk on immorality, valium and cherry wine, coke and ecstasy, you're gonna blow your mind."
"Spite & Malice" is a rap/rock song, Placebo brings in Justin Warfield a rapper from One Inch Punch to experiment with different sounds. "Spite & Malice" is a song which uses a card game as a metaphor for life. "You look well suited like you came to win. Lust, spite and malice, your degrees of sin."
"I was never faithful and I was never one to trust. Borderlining schizo and guaranteed to cause a fuss." This line from "Black-eyed" is my favorite Placebo lyric. Molko shows his peculiar personality in this song. In the song "Blue American," you hear the dark side of Molko's voice. A slightly annoying, yet intense song, "Haemoglobin" is an important addition to the album. "Special K" is a fusion of sex and drugs, the distortion in this song is brilliant. The album opens with "Taste in Men," where Molko serenades to a lost love: "Come back to me a while, change your taste in men." The guitar riffs on "Days Before You Came" are awesome.
Overall, Black Market Music is Placebo at their best and I recommend this album to anyone who loves a mixture of grunge and emo rock.
Those who enjoy the faster, higher-pitched, guitar-driven music (think of a young Smashing Pumpkins), as was mostly found on their self-titled debut and maaaybe occasionally on Without You I'm Nothing, will take a liking to "Days Before You Came" and "Spite & Malice".
The most commonly heard style on this album is the somewhat-energetic, often fast-paced glam-rock that was introduced (and used frequently) on Without You I'm Nothing. Key examples are "Special K", "Slave To The Wage", and "Commercial For Levi." These songs are upbeat, but don't expect them to get cheery. Nosiree.
Fans of Placebo's darkly mature, downtempo gloom ballads (kudos to Radiohead), that were quite frequent on Without You I'm Nothing, will find something to sway and shed a tear to in "Passive Agressive", "Blue American", and "Narcoleptic".
Lastly, on this album, the band introduces a listen of heavier, harder alt-glam with a sprinkle of industrial and techno on top, as is heard on "Taste In Men" (the album's first single), and "Haemoglobin".
Overall, Placebo fans will thoroughly enjoy Black Market Music, regardless of what style of the band's previous work they enjoy.Read more ›
'Taste In Men' was perhaps not the best choice for first single, with its groove-based chilling rock, but its a good song, the softer 'Slave To The Wage' sounds quite a bit like a standard Placebo single whilst 'Special K' is an infectious, heavy, storming punk number with an unbelievably fast chorus and some nifty guitar work.
Elsewhere 'Spite + Malice' is an excellent injection of rap into Placebo's Britpunk, 'Days Before You Came' is a less infectious version of Special K, 'Passive Agressive' finds them in a some introspective mood and 'Blue American' and 'Commercial For Levi' are scarily assured in their quiet music while the lyrics strike deep into the heart. Drugs is a them Placebo continuously hit, and the two songs which are entirely about them on the album are 'Special K' and 'Commercial For Levi'. Whilst Special K is a standard 'this is how it feels' song, Commercial For Levi finds them for the first time questioning drugs, and pleading for the user to stop (I understand the fascination/I've ever been there once or twice or more/But if you don't change your situation/Then you'll die, you'll die, you'll die, don't die/Please don't die).
Haemoglobin is another good alt-rock number with the album's trademark guitars, an finally Peeping Tom is heartbreaking and doubtless the album's best lyrics, finishing with the empty chorus I'm weightless/I'm bare/I'm faithless/I'm scared. As an album closer, it sets the album's tone as thoroughly bleak.
Black Market Music may not be your party album (although Taste In Men has a groove you could dance to and Special K is postively euphoric) but it certainly serves as excellent material for your misunderstood teen, with some great tunes along the way.
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What more can be said ... if you bought it, there's no way you don't know who Placebo is. Great album to add on to the rest.Published 7 months ago by R. Calnan
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ALBUM. RAW AND POETIC LYRICS THAT TELL OF DARK TALES. BRIAN IS A GENIOUS SONG WRITER TO SAY THE LEAST. LOVE HIM.Published 23 months ago by L.R.
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The case was broken when I got it. Because of that, the cd got scratched and didn't work as expected.Published on January 28, 2013 by Joel
This 'desert island disk' should be in everyone's collection. Every song is a masterpiece. How do you pick a favorite? Been a long time since I feel in love with a record.Published on April 23, 2012 by arch
Black Market Music being Placebo's 2000 release and third album and contained the singles "Taste in men", "Special K", "Black Eyed" and "Slave to the Wage". Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
I love t6he song "Special K"!!!! Awesome song! I like a few other songs on this album as well...IMO, probably the best album by Placebo.... Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by CRAZOTOLOGY
This cd is really good. I only bought it for Taste in Men. But the next few songs had me hooked right away as well. If you like a creepy intoxicating cd this is it. Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Karli Forson