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Over the course of six studio albums, Placebo has sold more than 12 millions albums worldwide and, more importantly, built a hardcore cult audience that's addicted to the group's sugar-blue rush of euphoric choruses and desperate, raging verses. Singer Brian Molko is a throwback to the days when lead singers were truly decadent creatures who lived out their fantasies of fame and money. His androgynous poses add a psycho-sexual edge to everything he sings. B3 EP is a stopgap measure, a pause before a new album is completed for 2013 release. Yet it's no sleeper. The dark, shimmering menace of "I.K.W.Y.L." captures the glam trio's strongest side. "B3" turns out another noirscape anthem that slips and slides with analog synths, shards of angry guitars, and Molko's dominating vocal. This is a group that's not afraid to put its singer way up in front. A cover of Minxus' "I Know You Want to Stop" improves the song dramatically, bringing out a stronger melody. Quite simply, London's Placebo is one of the strongest alternative rock bands that bleeds it heart out on a regular basis. 

Customer Reviews

Roll On October

Having only listened to the previews it has been worth the long wait since battle for the sun, i love the sound, so fresh yet keeping with the 'placebo style' will rate again when it comes out and then again with the whole album next year!

Surprise new release - premium Placebo

I agree with everything the first two reviewers have said. Sounds like premium, Grade A new material: both fresh and different but somehow at the same time pure, classic, instantly identifiable Placebo - not just goosebumps but something rather more exciting.... what a treat! Can't wait to get this on my ipod!

B4 you dismiss it give it a try

I've been giving this a listen since its release and have to say it's really a bit of a grower. There's a shade of the old sound here but not enough to make it sound dated. There's a couple of good tracks, B3 and IKWYL. The weakest track has to be The Extra and Time is Money would benefit from being trimmed down to around 3:05 minutes as 7:14 is a tad excessive.

Still, that said I'm looking forward to a new album -


Genre: Alternative

Due to their penchant for androgynous attire/makeup and raw, punky guitar riffs, Placebo have been described by some as a glam version of Nirvana. The multinational band was formed by singer/guitarist Brian Molko (part Scottish and American descent, but raised in England) and Swedish bassist Stefan Olsdal. Both members had previously attended the same school in Luxembourg, but they didn't cross paths properly until 1994 in London, England. Briefly called Ashtray Heart and influenced by the likes...
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B3 - Ep, Placebo
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  • £4.95
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2012

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