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  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00000DG17
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pure Morning
2. Brick Shithouse
3. You Don't Care About Us
4. Ask For Answers
5. Without You I'm Nothing
6. Allergic (To Thoughts Of Mother Earth)
7. The Crawl
8. Every You Every Me
9. My Sweet Prince
10. Summer's Gone
11. Scared Of Girls
12. Burger Queen

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Product Description

CD Elevator Music Ltd., CDFLOOR8, 1998 12 Track

This U.K. three-piece's self-titled debut often got compared to Smashing Pumpkins and Rush--Smashing Pumpkins for its unashamed mid-'70s prog-rock allusions and Rush because of singer Brian Molko's unusually high-pitched, almost androgynous voice. In reality, Placebo were far more salacious, downright dirty, and culturally confusing than either. (The band is a mix of American, Swedish, and English, with some Lebanese and Luxembourgian thrown in.) For their second album, Placebo have looked to the late '70s for inspiration, to the sound of early New Order and the Banshees--with a dash of the '90s thrown in: "Brick Shithouse," for example, starts like the most balls-out Prodigy song. If their debut was the sound of a no-holds-barred sexual drug frenzy lasting way into the next day, then Without You I'm Nothing is the resultant rumpled, libidinous comedown. As such, it's much classier, cerebral and great to listen to when hung-over. "I'm unclean / A libertine / And every time you vent your spleen / I seem to lose my power of speech," Molko breathes on the awesomely overcharged title track. In a year when Marilyn Manson and Bauhaus continue to revitalize the goth movement across America, Placebo's moment may well have arrived. --Everett True

Customer Reviews

Placebo is one of my favorite bands, and this album does not disappoint.
Brian Molko's voice is one of the most unique and interesting voices out there and his lyrics are intelligent, emotional, often dirty, and always captivating.
The album gets very mellow after the first three songs, but perks up again with Every You Every Me to great effect.
Oliver Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By alexliamw on October 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
'A friend in need's a friend indeed, a friend with weed is better', declared Brian Molko at the opening of Pure Morning, the first track on their 2nd album Without You I'm Nothing. Here we go, you think, this shall be an album of irrevent lyrics and punky 'choons', ala the groups 1st album, Placebo. How wrong you'd be.
In fact, despite the suggestion of the opening track, the album is a lot more deep. Musically, you have big shiny anthems ('Pure Morning', 'Every You Every Me'), grungy punky noise-blasts ('Brick Shithouse', 'Scared of Girls), punky anthemic sing-a-longs ('You Don't Care About Us').
However where the album really shines is on its heartbroken love songs, which, both musically and lyrically, are amazing, chilling and emotional. 'Ask For Answers', 'My Sweet Prince', 'Summer's Gone' and 'Burger Queen' all do this well, but it is done most effectively on the wonderful yet incredibly sad title track. It is the sound of Brian Molko's desperation and hurt from rejection. 'Without You, I'm Nothing' he finally croons repeatedly, after a slow build-up of guitars to the third minute or so. It affects you incredibly. This alone merits buying the album, and there is plenty more to enjoy. Enjoy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Cowell on May 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I should have written this a long time ago. I saw Placebo in London in 2001 and was immediately hooked. They were so much different than the American bands that I was listening to at the time (Tool, Rage, etc.). The band produced seering pop rock that just flowed through the throng of sweaty people at the show. So after that, I went out and bought the album. Pure Morning may be one of the catchiest songs ever written. Once you hear it, it sticks in your brain for days and is nearly impossible to dislodge. Not to be overshadowed are great tracks like Every Me, Every You and You Don't Care about us. These songs crackle with electricity and are great to listen to anytime, but for me, especially when driving. But the highlight to the album has got to be the title track. Very emotional and strong. I recomend this album to anyone who's gotten stuck in a rut with today's mainstream music.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Lee on July 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Take some Smiths, some Joy Division, a little Depeche Mode, and a hint of Nirvana, with a singer who can be compared to Getty Lee. Then make it all much darker, deeper and sad! You'd have Placebo. I have listened to this CD more than any other album ever. It is simply brilliant! It is their best work and if I could only take one CD to a desert Island this would probably be it. (Although I'd probably commit suicide after about a year) Mind you it is not for everybody. You must like deep, depressing, androgenous music. Placebo is an awesome 3 piece band! They play catchy uptempo songs as well as slow ballad type songs and even get a little heavy at times. Brian Molko's vocals and lyrics are one of a kind. If you like alternative music with an 80's type feel or any of the bands I mentioned above, you must check out Placebo and definitely this album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ofeliawotsits on March 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Seriously. In 39 years of life I have never listened to an album for the first time and loved every single track, first off, first listening. That is how good this LP is. Not even "Ziggy Stardust" did that for me. My first impression was New Oder collides with The Wedding Present. This album at once rocks you into a frenzy with glorious guitar riffs and chord changes, blistering bass rythyms and synchopated vocal intro's. Then it slugs you in the stomach with it's desperate dark melodies and words. It's a roller coaster ride, and Molkos voice is sheer jagged ice. I am one moment atop a mountain revelling in "Brick" and "You don't Care" and then dredging the oceans of my heart with "Crawl" "Sweet Prince". Like Bowie with "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" Molko leaves us with "Burger Queen". My spirits are lifted and dashed in 66 minutes of the best music I have ever heard. I feel the angst in this album, and yet in the end I am left with a sense of hope. Please God let Placebo live forever. Simply the best album ever made, it saved my life.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "blue_suede_schmooze" on October 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Placebo's "Without You I'm Nothing" is a spectacular trip through the darkness, angst, despair, heartache, emptiness, and loss of the 1990s. Cheerful? No. Spectacular? Yes. This is certainly musical ground that has been broken before, but Placebo carry it off with such style, energy, and penache that it really doesn't matter. Scrappy underdog Brian Molko is a perfect rock n' roll frontman for the end of the millennium: screwed up, hurt, and sexually ambiguous. Which is just the way we like our rock stars. 'Pure Morning' is a thunderous beast of an opening track, but there are many, many more treasures to be savoured on this album. The next two tracks, 'Brick Shithouse' and 'You Don't Care About Us' don't let up on the energy, while later in the album the band soften its appraoch musically, while Molko takes us through his musings on addictions, heartache, and loss. The title track sends shivers down my spine, while the album-closing 'Burger Queen' is a brutally honest self portrayal of Molko. Slap this album on during a dark, stormy evening and enjoy the ride.
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