Sound — 8
Well, this is Placebo's most recent effort, due out in about mid-March 2006. The band has been around for over a decade, and they refuse to slow down yet. It includes duets with VV of the Kills and Michael Stipe of REM. It's a bit softer than the other albums, most songs are either in a slow minor key or kind of poppy songs like Blink 182. Lots of piano, less guitar. Overall, it will defnitely be worth buying.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics are great. Like any other album, Brian's simple delivery of complicated messages prevails. Simple Hooks, easy to understand singing, but a few tricky words make it likeable to poetic geniuses and simple minded mainstream lovers.
Overall Impression — 9
I've had this on my mp3 player for 2 weeks. It's excellent, easy to listen to, and very versatile. As you'll hear people say though, michael is less than nessecary. Placebo still haven't lost it. But Brian, grow your goddamn hair back!