B3 (EP)

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B3EP
EP by Placebo
Released 15 October 2012
Recorded Strongroom, RAK Studios, London; Metal Works, Toronto, Canada
Genre Alternative rock
Length 23:56
Label Vertigo
Producer David Bottrill, Adam Noble, Placebo
Placebo chronology
B-Sides: 1996–2006
(2011)
B3EP
(2012)
Loud Like Love
(2013)
Singles from B3EP
  1. "B3"
    Released: September 2012

B3EP[1] (often referred to as simply B3) is an EP by alternative rock band Placebo, released on 15 October 2012 through record label Vertigo.

History[edit]

In 2010, band members Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal began to publicly state that they were working on material for another studio album.[2] On 23 November 2011, the band announced via their Facebook page and official website that they would return to the studio in 2012 to record their seventh studio album.[3] Placebo confirmed in late May 2012 that they expect to release some tracks by the end of year, and that they have been assisted by Adam Noble (Red Hot Chili Peppers, dEUS) on a new album which will be released by the Northern Hemisphere summer in 2013.[4] In August 2012, Molko revealed on Italy's Rai Radio 2 that a new single entitled "B3" would be released in September and a new album is expected to be released in March 2013.[5]

On 14 September 2012, the band announced that they would release a five-track EP titled B3 on 12 October.[6]

Release[edit]

B3EP was released on 15 October through record label Vertigo, three days later than predicted.[7] It reached no. 65 in the UK album charts.

A music video was released for the title track on 17 October.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[9]

The only professional review came from Consequence of Sound. Reviewer Katherine Flynn, after criticising the band's previous album, 2009's Battle for the Sun, which she wrote "didn't feel as urgent, or as true, as anything that had come before [in Placebo's canon]", saw B3 as a "[return] to their loud, largely minor-key hijinks" and writing that the EP "kicks", citing the ending track "Time Is Money" as a highlight.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Placebo (Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Forrest), except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "B3"     4:10
2. "I Know You Want to Stop" (Minxus cover) Joseph Whitney, Gavin Pearce, She Rocola 3:04
3. "The Extra"     4:20
4. "I.K.W.Y.L."     5:10
5. "Time Is Money"     7:15

Personnel[edit]

Placebo
Additional personnel
  • Fiona Brice – string arrangements on track 3
Technical
  • David Bottrill – production on tracks 3 and 5
  • Adam Noble – production on track 1, mixing on tracks 1 and 2
  • Alan Moulder – mixing on tracks 3 and 5
  • Neil Comber – mixing on track 4
  • Tim Young – mastering
  • Helena Berg – cover design, sleeve photography
  • Anthony Crook – sleeve design

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B3EP | Placebo". placeboworld.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Placebo Interview Brian Molko in Singapore 2010 – YouTube". YouTube. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Placebo / News". placeboworld.co.uk. 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Placebo / News". placeboworld.co.uk. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Moby Dick del 02/08/2012 – Parte 2 (MP3). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Placebo Announce New Five-Track EP 'B3' | News | nme.com". NME. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Placebo – The Day Has Arrived... Placebo B3EP Is Released...". Facebook. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Placebo – BC (HD) – YouTube". YouTube. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Flynn, Katherine (19 November 2012). "Album Review: Placebo – B3 EP | Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 26 June 2013.