Album review

Placebo - Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996-2004

Unlikely masters of the three-minute single, Placebo have been consistent during their nine-year reign as mascara'd pedlars of existential pop. However repellent frontman Brian Molko may have become, his ability to articulate the pervy adolescent fantasies of legion misfits over brittle melodic rock carved out a seamy, profitable niche. But having hit upon a winning formula ("Teenage Angst", "Nancy Boy"), Molko's reluctance to change his tune, literally, over time means a retrospective such as this suffers from needless repetition. To Placebo's detriment, their song has remained the same.

Rating: 2 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...