It’s no secret the 90’s has made a return to the mainstream in all its nostalgic glory, with news of the cult hit movie Cruel Intentions making its Australian musical debut in September, it’s a timely return for Placebo too, one of the 90’s quintessential rock/pop bands.
Nearly a decade has passed since the glam Britpop band graced us with their presence with hit album, Loud Like Love in 2013 and now the wait is over with the release of their eighth studio album, Never Let Me Go.
Reminiscent of previous hits, even as far back as their formative years in 1994, but with the addition of edgy new beats and singles that bolster their already iconic electro/rock vibe. Lead singer, Brian Molko’s vocal talents continue to straddle a unique blend of alternative, goth, rock and punk energy that gives Placebo such versatility that will always keep them “in fashion”.
Paranoia, struggling for self-acceptance and seeking a sense of belonging, have always been common themes threaded throughout Placebo’s music and their ability to express it with such openness and vulnerability makes the songs even more powerful. Songs like Twin Demons, Hugz and Fix Yourself, delve into these themes which fans are guaranteed to love.
Another common theme of Placebo’s is ‘Big Brother is always watching’, harking back to their 2006 album Meds – this theme has become even more relevant today with society’s increased technological connectivity and the reduction of our own privacy, which oozes out in songs like Surrounded By Spies and Went Missing.
Placebo continues to encapsulate what we love about the 90’s and early noughties. The nostalgic joy (or sadness) it evokes is what makes us reflect on our childhoods or moments in time that truly mean something. Couple this with Placebo’s talent to always add fresh modern elements to their musical repertoire, is a clear sign that they’re just as relevant today as they were back in 1994, so don’t worry Placebo, we will never let YOU go.
Album Review By James Landseer