SLEEPING WITH GHOSTS
ALBUM HUT, VIRGIN RELEASE: MARCH
24, 2003 REVIEW: APRIL 1, 2003
first "Sleeping with Ghosts" makes me jump up and down inside.
"Wow, Molko and co have made an album even I can like" I quietly
shout. Being a fan of both Bowie and Suede one would have thought electro
dandyrockers Placebo was my cup of tea, but they aren't. Sure, I liked
"Nancy Boy" and a couple of tracks from "Black Market Music"
but a Placebohead, I have never been.
My view will change now, I thought, and began to listen to "Sleeping
with Ghosts" again and again. And, well, partly it did. Placebo has
made a partially much straighter and more focused album than before, which
rocks at times and is low key electronic at times. First single "See
You at the Bitter End" is outstanding, as is "Second Sight"
and down tuned and monotone "English Summer Rain". Were all
songs on "Sleeping with Ghosts" this great I would throw my
Suede albums out the window. But they aren't. As a matter of fact, a few
of the songs on "Sleeping with Ghosts" are too unfocused to
be called real songs. They are more like soundscapes, if you interpret
the word in a non-ambient way. No discernible or good melody, no catchy
chorus and no hooks.
bad. If Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Stewe Hewitt really went all the
way, they could make a masterpiece. As it is now, "Sleeping with
Ghosts" are just another one of those records that you won't buy
because you only like the hits.