The album opens with the fast and furious instrumental ‘Bulletproof cupid.’ From this point on the album seems to be a balance of Placebo’s two extremes. On the one hand there are the heavy, energetic rock tunes such as ‘English summer rain’ and ‘This picture.’ On the other hand there are the darker moody tracks such as the title track and the creepy chaotic ‘something rotten.’
‘Protect me from what I want’ is a major highlight in which the dark and energetic elements are put together successfully. The album closes with the beautiful piano driven ‘Centerfolds.’
Placebo has defiantly stepped up a level from their previous release "Black Market Music." There is a lot more life and atmosphere on offer as all songs on offer is very solid.
This is defiantly a return to form for Placebo. It’s not quite as good as their debut self titled album or "Without you I’m nothing" but it’s a solid release that suggests there is still more good sounds to come.