Placebo – Meds – Review

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Meds (Astralwerks)
by Stevo

Most of the time, the people best suited to review albums from established bands are long-time fans. Generally, they can give you a lot of insight. Sometimes, though, those long-time fans are too steeped in the band’s history to be of any real use, and are often more bitter than an old coffee filter. Long-time Placebo fans will probably tell the uninitiated that this is a terrible record to start with. However, Meds has won me the fuck over right from the first acoustic-driven manic stomp. Every now and again, I get the feeling this is what Big Black would’ve sounded like if they’d stayed together. Both bands also have a slight, bookish fellow of a singer who’d probably gut you with a pen knife if he was given the opportunity. Both are epic and demented, heart warming and horrifying, organic and electronic. You, the uninitiated, are safe in the hands of Meds.
(www.astralwerks.com)

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