Review: Placebo – “Meds”

The cover co-opts the psychological terror of a Francis Bacon portrait, but don’t be fooled. This is a safe record not far removed from the mid-90’s alt-rock on which Placebo cut its teeth.

There’s dirgy post-grunge, Nine Inch Nails-style electronica and radio-pop waiting for its “O.C.” guest-spot, but someone should tell Brian Malko not every song requires that forced-diaphragm wail, no matter how inviting.

Favorite track: “Follow The Cops Back Home”

Grade: C+ –  Jetty, Spring 2006

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About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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