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Sleeping With Ghosts

PlaceboAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Placebo’s sixth studio album, Battle for the Sun, was released on June 8th 2009.
Recorded over three months at Metal Works Studios in Toronto with producer David Bottrill and mixed in London by My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails supremo Alan Moulder, Battle for the Sun is a startling, alive, vital and boundary-vaulting Placebo record.
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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B00008AWOD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bulletproof Cupid
2. English Summer Rain
3. This Picture
4. Sleeping With Ghosts
5. The Bitter End
6. Something Rotten
7. Plasticine
8. Special Needs
9. I'll Be Yours
10. Second Sight
11. Protect Me From What I Want
12. Centrefolds

Editorial Reviews

Sex and drugs and rock & roll have figured prominently in Placebo's glitterered-up, androgynous music. Sleeping with Ghosts is a little more coy than past recordings, dealing more with the torturous psychological aspects of relationships than with the exchange of body fluids. Not that there isn't any room for fetishism. "This Picture," for example, apparently dwells on sado-masochism and comes over as just the sort of trash-glam pop stomp once associated with Suede. "The Bitter End" ("Since we're feeling so anaesthatized") is a big, bruising, fatalistic rocker. At times it's hard to tell whether Brian Molko is repulsed or perversely inspired by his subject matter, although he's definitely bored with the bloody weather (the cheerless "English Summer Rain" is a subdued pop tune driven by rhythmic electronic jolts) and the waltz- time, Doors-influenced "Protect Me from What I Want" finds him praying to be delivered from his own personal temptations. Sleeping with Ghosts, however, is as much an album for slam-dancing nights out at Goth haunts as it is music for the psychiatrist’s couch. --Kevin Maidment

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Placebo Sleeping With Ghosts UK CD album

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an overlooked masterpiece July 27, 2003
By Matt O.
Format:Audio CD
Before I got this album, I knew nothing about Placebo. I had heard a couple of the songs from the album on msn radio, and the music store I was in had nothing on my wish list other than this and a Chemical Brothers album. Feeling more in the mood for rock than electronica, I went with this, and I know that I made the right choice.
Placebo is a rock band with a definite punk influence, great guitarwork, occasionally repetitive but poetic lyrics, and an incredible lead singer. Brian Molko has what very people in the industry seem to have: an original voice. His voice can best be described as feminine, especially in a world full of Eddie Vedder soundalikes. But because of this soft edge, combined with the bass of Stefan Olsdal and the drums of Robert Schultzberg, some pretty amazing results turn out. The last track on the album has the most beautiful vocals this side of Radiohead. And unlike Thom Yorke, who sounds more pained than angry, Molko has a real intensity in his sound, which pays off in the harder songs.
The album starts out with the instrumental "Bulletproof Cupid," which is nothing phenomenal, but its a dang good intro into the sound that dominates the rest of the album. "English Summer Rain" is the first track to exhibit Molko's vocals, and it was the moment that my love affair with this album began. Its combination of basic rock components with the ethereal trip-hop sound just clicked with me. "This Picture" is a more straightforward rock song, but it showcases some of my favorite lyrics on the album. "Farewell, the ashtray girl, forbidden snowflake." It definitely sounds like a good concert song. The titular "Sleeping With Ghosts" goes back to the surreal ambience that makes the album for me.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!! July 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Wow!...What an album!.
After all that androgin, glitter-punk rock begining, this got to be the most mature, finest album this english trio has ever made, i mean, Black Market was close, but this is , by far my favorite Placebo Album.
Ok, you wanna best album songs, dont you?...forget it! listen the whole cd and check by yourself the deep lyrics and the balanced sound of the band: Brian's guitar rocks as good as in early times did, drums are pretty good mixed with rhytm machines which, by the way, doesnt suck at all as in some electro-industrial rock crossover bands' albums, bass is simple, straight and smooth. And if you enjoy Brian Molko's provocative nasal voice,you are gonna ask for more.
Maybe Black Market was better accepted than Without You Im Nothing because its mature songs, but believe me, this one sounds like coming from better songwriter musicians.
I dont wanna be pretentious but Sleeping With Ghosts could mean for the band what Songs Of Faith And Devotion meant for Depeche Mode: their highest and finest moment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already a classic and it's only a day old April 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'd like to preface my remarks by saying that I am a huge Placebo fan. I went out and bought this album yesterday and have been listening to it ever since. Of their three previously released albums, I'd say "Without You I'm Nothing" consisted of some really great songs alongside a couple of less great ones, and "Black Market Music" was more consistent, but the best songs there weren't as good as the best ones on WYIN. I'd say "Sleeping With Ghosts" is more like "Without You" in this regard. Of the 12 tracks here, I'd say there are really only two songs that I'm not wild about-"Something Rotten" and "Protect Me From What I Want." The rest are great.
As for the sound of the album itself, I think this record shows Placebo starting to move away from the largely punk-influenced songs they've had a lot of in the past (i.e. Brick S---house, Days Before You Came, etc.) and more towards more ethereal, beautiful ballad-type songs (i.e. Ask For Answers, Peeping Tom) although there are examples of both here. I have noticed a lot more synthesizers and electronic noise on this album than on anything else Placebo has recorded in the past, but, unlike a lot of artists who do this, I think the addition of synthesizers help, rather than hinder, the music.
My favorite tracks: English Summer Rain, This Picture, Sleeping With Ghosts, The Bitter End, Special Needs, Second Sight, and Centrefolds. There is a lot here for Placebo's current fans to like, and a lot more that should hopefully attract some new fans to the fold. This is a brilliant band that seems to only get better with age. I can't wait to see what comes next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dramatic Evolution February 28, 2005
By Sam
Format:Audio CD
Let me give you some of the history of this band. Placebo started off as a post-grunge act with a touch of glam, on the other end of the spectrum which has the Pixies, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. in the fore (as proto-grunge), and Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins in the middle.

They first crashed into the UK charts in 1997 with their number 4 smash hit 'Nancy Boy', a phenomenal tune. They are a great singles band - their 3 studio albums up until this one are all very good, featuring some great album cuts too, but lacked consistency. I'm not going to be overly critical; it's simply that I'm a perfectionist and also feel that every Beatles album I've heard (quite a few), to take a prime example (as we are talking about great music here), lack consistency - this doesn't stop the Beatles being my favourite band.

This album ranks up there with just 3 others in my (large and ever larger) collection - Nirvana's Nevermind, the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the Smiths' The Queen is Dead - as simply flawless. It starts off with the blistering instrumental Bulletproof Cupid: it's just what you want as an opener; melodic, but high-charged. It moves through a range of styles, I'll give you an idea of two of the less well-known tracks: Something Rotten is Brian Eno-like ambiental, while Second Sight is simply catchy guitar pop with great hooks. I won't bother doing a review of each song as you can listen to samples of them right here on Amazon and get your own idea.

Placebo have already hit the singles top 20 in America (Pure Morning in 1998), and I'm still hopeful future albums will bring them more success. I'd just like to let the American public know that they're already huge throughout Europe, as I do feel that some of the time commercial success is an indicator of greatness.

In summary, I highly recommend this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ALBUM
Published 5 months ago by L.R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album
Awesome music, great beat and has haunting melodies. Love it. Recommend all Placebo fans purchase this album. Perfect gift too.
Published 8 months ago by Lori Ann Fuelling
5.0 out of 5 stars the transition
This is the transition album for Placebo. The beginning albums were guitar and lyric heavy. Brian hadn't found his style yet. Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by a. Plumley
5.0 out of 5 stars Late to the party, but its worth it!
I always seem to find bands a few albums into their career, which pisses me off a little with Placebo. Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping With Ghosts
This is a great Placebo album. Close enough to their previous albums to appeal to existing fans and fresh enough to stay current, a perfect mix. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Solid Album
First off I would warn against comparing this album to other releases for the sole reason that this is it's own album! Read more
Published on January 14, 2010 by Zeus Jupiter
4.0 out of 5 stars See You At The Bitter End
On "Sleeping With Ghosts" Placebo presents an interesting musical melange of androgynous post-punk glam rock with very good musicianship (and very creative use of electronic and... Read more
Published on May 6, 2008 by Robert I. Hedges
3.0 out of 5 stars these are sad and painful songs....i pity them
The good songs are The Bitter End, Plasticine, and This Picture.

Threatening, malevolent, depressing, cacophonous, and sad. They've succeeded in what they set out to do. Read more
Published on October 7, 2007 by Bachelier
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Beautiful
I'll start out by saying that I'm biased and am a huge fan of Placebo. I love the way that the band has progressed and believe that each album that they've put out has something... Read more
Published on October 25, 2006 by Jacob Cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need.
As with other reviews i've done, i'll start out saying that Placebo is my favorate band ever. And that this album came out during the height of my obsession with their music. Read more
Published on September 21, 2006 by Turiel
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