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Album Review

While Placebo's self-titled debut contained mostly elements of '90s alternative (Smashing Pumpkins, etc.), their second album, Without You I'm Nothing, is full of '70s glam rock and punk references. Placebo's rhythm section of Stefan Olsdal (bass) and Steve Hewitt (drums) is impressively tight, but the band's star attraction is undoubtedly androgynous singer/guitarist Brian Molko. Whereas the debut was written solely by Molko, their latest is a bona fide group effort, with Molko still handling the lyric-writing. The swirling anthemic album opener, "Pure Morning," is a self-proclaimed "celebration of friendship with women," and should be a guaranteed hit single, while the racing "Brick Shithouse" merges '90s electro-rock with Sonic Youth punk guitars. "You Don't Care About Us" shows that Molko can easily re-create J Mascis' late-'80s guitar tones, and "Scared of Girls" contains gender-bending vocals from Molko and a tribal-rock accompaniment. With massive success already underway back home in England, Without You I'm Nothing deserves to break through everywhere else.

Customer Reviews

17 years on...

And this still sounds fresh. Amazing.

Without You I Am Nothing

it's good, obviously, it's Placebo for goodness sake

but all the songs are so slow..

Placebo at their best

One of my top favourite albums of all time. I've been in love with this album since the day it was released back when I was a teenager. Classic placebo, and for me it's their best album. The clean guitars on the slower tracks are just gorgeous and the louder tunes just scream with fuzz and distortion. In a good way.
One thing though, there seems to be a pause of about 2 or 3 seconds between tracks, meaning the way they flow into one another is completely ruined. Anyone else notice this or got a solution? It wasn't like it on the cd release, seems to be an iTunes issue.

An annoyance to an otherwise flawless 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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