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Loud Like Love is the seventh studio album from internationally acclaimed rock band, Placebo.
Recorded in London at RAK Studios during 2012 and early 2013, the album was produced by Adam Noble and features 10 brand new studio tracks.
Placebo has, to date, recorded six studio albums and sold more than 12 million records worldwide. The band's self-titled debut album, released in 1996, was certified gold in the UK and achieved platinum status in France. Since then, Placebo has enjoyed an ever growing level of success around the world with their unique blend of music and outstanding live performances. Their dark and melodic trademark sound featuring singer Brian Molko's instantly recognizable vocals has become one of the strongest brands in rock over the past decade.
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I guess this is one of those albums you really can judge by the cover. The title track really does shimmer with the sort of exuberance that's reflective of the rainbow-burst on the cover, especially compared to Battle For the Sun's sleeve, also a pretty accurate indicator of the music inside. And like most of their albums, once again I can't shake the feeling that this is a rather front-loaded affair. But what a side one it is! Or at least that's my opinion as a Placebo fan who's not entirely sure that a song like "Scene of the Crime" is going to convert any new listeners, the likes of which while probably laugh off the opening lines of "Too Many Friends" without a second thought. I'll admit that was my first reaction, too, but to be honest, the song has really come to resonate with me in a way that I never knew how to put words to until now. "Hold on to Me," reminiscent of both their own "Come Undone," the better-known Duran Duran song of the same name, and maybe even "Weeds" by Pulp, is an unexpected slow jam that's key to the album's pacing and a hopeful glimpse of what Placebo's "mature" future could sound like. Following this with "Rob the Bank," the most defiantly stupid song Placebo have ever recorded, shouldn't work at all but somehow does.
Like I hinted at before, there are a couple of tracks down the stretch that always kill the buzz for me. The melodrama of "Begin the End" runs too thick for my taste. The band tosses away the album's boisterous momentum on "Exit Wounds" to wallow in a slow dirge of heavy beats that eventually blossoms into a halfway decent song if you're game to see it all the way through. "Bosco" is the epic, orchestral closer that will probably be most listeners' favorite or least favorite song on the album (I'll leave it to you to guess which side I'm on). For all my complaining about those songs, though, I definitely think Loud Like Love is the most confident and catchy album they've released, overall. Hard to find very much consensus about this, even amongst the band's fans, but I'd definitely recommend this to any curious listener or fan of Placebo's older albums. Yeah, they're still around and they might just be better than ever!
The Alternative Video Album was a great idea, I love every single video it has, and you have a video for each song. For me this is their come back after Battle For The Sun and everyone at work got jealous to see all the good material this bundle has!!