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  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000LW7UR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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1. Meds (featuring Alison Mosshart)
2. Infra-Red
3. Drag
4. Space Monkey
5. Follow The Cops Back Home
6. Post Blue (Dave Bascombe Mix)
7. Because I Want You
8. Blind
9. Lazarus
10. Broken Promise (featuring Michael Stipe)
11. One Of A Kind
12. Pierrot The Clown
13. Song To Say Goodbye
14. UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU
15. Running Up That Hill (2007 Digital Remaster)

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In a decade-long career that includes many highpoints: opening for David Browie at Madison Square Garden, performing with Robert Smith of The Cure at Wembley Arena in the UK and selling out the 18,000-seater Bercy in Paris, Placebo has slowly but surely become one of the world's most accomplished and dynamic rock bands. Having laid the foundation for younger musicians now mining the 'emo-glamrock' vein, Placebo has remained uniquely their own sub-genre with a ravenous dedicated fans. Placebo's cover of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' was featured very prominently in the premier of the new season of the OC, generating 8,000 individual downloads at 'tunes in the first week entering Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks at #88.

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I've been a rabid fan of Placebo from the moment they released their first album.
Jael
On Placebo's fifth album, Meds, Molko's voice sounds much better and with a good mix of tracks makes for their most interesting listen yet.
LC
The best songs on the cd are Meds, Infra-Red, Follow The Cops Back Home, and Post Blue.
Steven Resnick

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ness on April 7, 2006
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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CoryRay on May 21, 2006
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 46 people found the following review helpful By Gomorrahmy on 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 By venusaddiction on April 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a Placebo fan of nearly ten years, I must say Meds is the jewel in the crown of Placebo's musical crown. I recall reading in an interview that with this album they went back to their more guitar-driven rock song of the their first self-titled album. I'm glad they did. While I've enjoyed all of their albums, this is probably my favorite. My favorite tracks include Meds, Infared and Because I Want You. All 3 are classic Placebo tracks full of glam, sorry, manic energy and the nasal stylings of the lovely Brian Molko. I recommend this as a great place for any newbie Placebo fan to start and work back from there. Any way you cut it, Placebo is a band that puts out solid albums time and time again. A classic band.
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Standards!
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!
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