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Meds [Import]

PlaceboAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000EBEHR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meds
2. Infra-Red
3. Drag
4. Space Monkey
5. Follow The Cops Back Home
6. Post Blue
7. Because I Want You
8. Blind
9. Pierrot The Clown
10. Broken Promise
11. One Of A Kind
12. In The Cold Light Of Morning
13. Song To Say Goodbye

Editorial Reviews


Glammy, druggy, androgynous: the guitar-hefting trio Placebo has rarely left its aesthetic cornerstones vague. With a title like Meds, they've no intention of doing so in 2006. "Baby, did you forget to take your meds?" is the opening chorus, sung with an endearing, scared soft-wrap by the Kills' Alison Mosshart – perhaps an ironically simple little question given singer Brian Molko's oft-declared dope fascination. Following the band's 2004 hits collection, Once More with Feeling – which closed with the lean "Twenty Years," the then-new and brilliant single – Meds strips Placebo down anew, focusing on guitars, Molko's high-pitched vocals, Stefan Olsdal’s bounding bass, and drummer Steve Hewitt’s determined, hard-hitting thwack. Having toyed with electronics and, famously, hooking up with David Bowie (among other luminaries), Placebo here presents gems like "Broken Promise," with its piano-tinted, haunted guest vocal from Michael Stipe that foreshadows a guitar-blasting thunderstorm. It drives the mind again to ponder: With their records selling more than 6 million copies globally, how come Placebo isn't a massively "it" band in the U.S.? It's this country's loss. --Andrew Bartlett

Product Description

After the huge global success of their singles collection, Once More With Feeling, Placebo return with their 5th studio album Meds. It is their first studio album since 2004's Sleeping With Ghosts which went Top 10 in the UK and sold 1.4 million copies worldwide. Preceded by the single 'Because I Want You', the album marks the return of a very confident band who after 10 years together keep growing in stature. Virgin. 2006.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Death of Nancy Boy April 7, 2006
By Ness
Format:Audio CD
Some have said this is an album for people who love Placebo, as if it was written for the fans. If there is one band that has proven time and time again through their craft that they are not in the business of pleasing their fans, it is Placebo.

Most Placebo fans would prefer it if Brian was still running around in a dress and about to get a sex change. Most Placebo fans would love it if Placebo played 'Nancy Boy' at all of their concerts. But neither of those is the case any longer.

No. This is 2006. And one can't help talking about MEDS without also talking about how Placebo have changed over the past 10 years.

Brian is father now (hence the line "Out of the womb and into the void" from 'One Of A Kind'). Gone is the bitchy and antagonistic tone in interviews. There are no more stories about Placebo "leaving a trail of blood and spunk" across the globe.

You can't say MEDS is a return to Placebo's roots, because that's what the buzz has been for every album since WITHOUT YOU I'M NOTHING.

What you can say, is that MEDS is a damn fine record, and one that Placebo has every right to be proud of.

It was written fast. It was recorded fast.

Every song has a sense of urgency about it, a sense of being all about the moment.

The opening and title track 'Meds' begins with solo guitar and just Mr Molko's voice, like a bird of prey circling silently far off in the distance, getting closer, getting louder, getting faster, and then it proceeds to swoop down on you like a predator, and by the end you just can't help but be tapping your foot and screaming "Baby, did you forget to take your meds?" The vocals of VV from The Kills add a nice touch to this track.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected favorite May 21, 2006
By CoryRay
Format:Audio CD
Wow. This really took me by surprise. After hearing it was supposedly much more "stripped down" compared to Sleeping With Ghosts, I feared the worst. Granted, Sleeping With Ghosts was my introduction to Placebo, and is much more appealing to me than their earlier work (which I do like, just not as much). I expected Meds to be much more organic and grungy, without the beautiful electronic textures that made Sleeping With Ghosts so warm and interesting. I was completely misled! Meds is far and away the best Placebo yet. There are still plenty of electronic touches and smooth, catchy melodies. And at the same time, it manages to rock your socks off.

The one thing I don't understand is their decision to make "Because I Want You" a single. It seems extremely out of place among the other tracks and is quite bland in comparison. It is by far the worst song on the album, and one of only two that I don't love (the other being the Michael Stipe duet, "Broken Promise").

There are so many other good tracks, though, it's unbelievable. My absolute favorites are the menacing "Infra-Red," the semi-experimental "Space Monkey," and the gorgeous ballad "Pierrot The Clown." Not far behind are "Drag," "Post Blue," and "Song To Say Goodbye."

I can't believe how many people think Meds and Sleeping With Ghosts are Placebo's worst. I couldn't disagree more with these people! Brian Molko and the boys have created a masterpiece. I typically listen to bands that lean slightly more toward the electro-pop or new wave end of the pop spectrum, and some of my favorite bands have released brilliant new albums this year... which is why I'm so shocked to find that I keep returning to Meds. Somehow it's managed to push its way to #1 on my list of 2006 releases. I love it.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They want me to buy this AGAIN? March 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the third distinct edition of this CD to be released in the US. It follows the original, standard release and a "limited edition" version which came with a bonus DVD. This edition contains three songs (two original tracks that have appeared on UK singles and a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" that has already been released on CD several times) and an alternate mix not included on either of the prior versions. It also omits one song from prior editions of the album. In other words, Placebo, or more likely their record label, expect you to pay another $12+ to get another two or three songs and, furthermore, to ensure that you don't simply sell, gift, or trade off your old Meds CD, they've omitted one track so that you (theoretically) need to have copies of at least two editions to get all the tracks. And the RIAA wonders why people "steal" music. Maybe it's because they're tired of being stolen from.

All of this aside, Meds is an excellent album. If you haven't bought (or otherwise obtained) it yet, this edition would appear to be as good as the prior editions (and it does contain more music than the prior single CD version). If you have already bought this album, PLEASE stand up to the RIAA and DO NOT buy it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not enough April 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album sounds really good. The quality of production, mix and overall musicianship is great. However, creatively this album falls short of meeting fans' expectations at some points.

First of all, in terms of sound and feel, this album is like a mix of Without You I'm Nothing and Sleeping With Ghosts. And I think this is the bad part about it. This album does not really add anything extemely original or surprising to the rest of the Placebo Catalog. It is a GOOD Placebo album, but not a great alternative rock hit. And the sad thing is, if there was more originality and a better selection of slow songs, it could very well be one of the best placebo and alternative rock albums this year.

This is their fifth album, so one would expect them to improve the changes they've been going through since 2000, (starting with Black Market Music), and start writing more original, deeper and mature songs, but despite the fancy production and some elctronic elements, nothing has changed since the first album in terms of creativity in their song structures.

As a Placebo fan, I liked this record, but have to admit that I was expecting more. Lyrics are immature and meaningless, in general. One can't see the great lyric-writing that was the best part about Without You I'm Nothing, in this album. They had to have better, more mature, more creative lyrics; lyrics that make more sense than telling us how depressed and drugged Brian is; because we already know that, the previous FOUR albums made that crystal clear, they really gotta move on from these subjects. Songwise, Infra-Red, Space Monkey, Drag, Post Blue and Because I want You are typical fast tempo, rocking placebo hits; they are fine but don't expect nothing new.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meds
I ended up buying the CD for the title track and infrared. Toegther on I-tunes they would have cost more than buying teh CD used. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tannerhaus
5.0 out of 5 stars SPACE MONKEY
I'm so sick of everyone reviewing this masterpiece and forgetting SPACE MONKEY. I admit the verse is not all that great but the chorus is so powerful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bman
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THEIR BEST ALBUMS!!!
This band managed to make me buy their all albums double,Meds is just perfect there are not even a single song I love less!
Published 8 months ago by Chrysoula Galinidou
5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo are amazing.
I lost my CD years ago, and I am so thrilled to have a new copy. There is not a bad track on it. If you like great, meaningful, eclectic music, this is for you!
Published 12 months ago by y. wendy norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo Meds
This was the first Placebo album that I was introduced to. I fell in LOVE. Finally, someone who spoke my language. Finally, someone who could write what my soul was feeling.
Published on March 17, 2012 by L.R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lookout.
Pretty much the only Placebo CD I wish I never bought, strange as it may seem to even say it. I knew they had been going that direction in sound for a while now, but I personally... Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by Clay L.
1.0 out of 5 stars ..Mur
Being a Sneaker Pimps fan and having heard a few of Placebo's songs before (and bought one of their two-disc collection), I had higher expectations for this album. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by SweetSoulX
5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo Audio CD 'Meds' re-release
Great! I love the CD and the additional tracks are excellent, especially the Kate Bush cover for 'Running Up That Hill.' Placebo is phenominal.
Published on June 22, 2010 by D. Apere
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe the best one.
this album has it's ups and downs, but overall i LOVE it.
placebo are the best out there.
Published on April 1, 2010 by aviv shener
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their strongest albums
I'm fairly new to Placebo and have been exploring their discography, Meds is so far one of the strongest albums I've come across. Read more
Published on March 5, 2010 by Lindsay Isenhart
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Tim appears to be in Singapore. I was at a US record store this evening and found
a copy of the standard version of Meds, but there was no mention on the packaging
of copy protection. Can anyone confirm or deny that the US versions (CD or CD+DVD) are blighted? Thanks!
Apr 15, 2006 by TAO |  See all 3 posts
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