Meds

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Meds
Studio album by Placebo
Released 13 March 2006
Recorded December 2005 – January 2006 at RAK Studios, Livingston Studios, Angel Studios, Sarm West Studios and Snake Ranch
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:22
Label Virgin
Producer Dimitri Tikovoi
Placebo chronology
Once More with Feeling: Singles 1996–2004
(2004)
Meds
(2006)
Battle for the Sun
(2009)
Singles from Meds
  1. "Because I Want You"
    Released: 6 March 2006 (UK only)
  2. "Song to Say Goodbye"
    Released: 6 March 2006
  3. "Infra-Red"
    Released: 19 June 2006
  4. "Meds"
    Released: 9 October 2006

Meds is the fifth studio album by English alternative rock band Placebo, recorded from late 2005 to early 2006 and released on 13 March 2006 through Virgin Records in most countries, although it was released three days earlier in Australia and New Zealand. Illegal copies had previously been available on the Internet since 17 January 2006.

Background[edit]

Placebo had planned to record a more electronic, keyboard-driven sound on Meds; however, producer Dimitri Tikovoi suggested a back-to-basics approach, which Brian Molko recounted in Zero:

It was our producer's agenda really, which we didn't really know about until we got into the studio. [...] We were in a place that was very much about samplers and computers and vintage synthesisers. This recording session really became about playing again. We were in an old-school studio so there were no real tricks to hide behind.[1]

On the theme of the record, Molko says:

I think there's a lot of songs about the dangers and effects of drinking [alcohol]. [...] "Infra-Red"'s about that, when you get very drunk and you've got a bee in your bonnet about something, and this vengeful quality emerges. You start thinking about people who've done you wrong and [want] to set the record straight.[1]

Release[edit]

Meds was released 13 March 2006 worldwide, although it was released three days earlier in Australia and New Zealand.[citation needed] Illegal copies had previously been available on the Internet since 17 January 2006.[2]

Meds was re-released by Virgin Records in the United States in January 2007 with three extra tracks—"Lazarus", "UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU" (both B-sides to the "Meds" single) and "Running Up That Hill"—and "In the Cold Light of Morning" omitted (because it contains "dirty words").[3] The album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions. The Chilean two-disc edition includes a bonus disc of live tracks recorded at the Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho, Santiago on 1 and 2 April 2005, entitled Live in Chile.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau mixed[7]
Mojo 3/5 stars[8]
NME 8/10[9]
Pitchfork 5.1/10[10]
PopMatters 4/10[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[13]
Q 3.5/5 stars[14]

Meds received a generally favourable reception from critics, though several reviewers commented on the album's lack of divergence from the group's established sound.

Pitchfork reviewer Joe Tangari opined, "On their latest album, Meds, the arrangements and recordings are so airtight you could suffocate in them, with the distortion strictly compressed and neatly controlled". Tangari finished by commenting, "Meds isn't a terrible album, but there's very little to get excited about on it either, and Placebo's calculated naughtiness is no more convincing than it's ever been."[10] Slant Magazine wrote, "Meds finds a successful band doing just a little to tinker with their proven formula [...] and attempting to pass off a few too many soundalike tracks as thematic coherence".[13] PopMatters wrote, "Meds is cloaked in the sophisticated sheen of a band completely established; pushing in some areas, content to rely on established constructions and melodic elements in others. If you haven't experienced the familiar cycle of infatuation–disappointment–indifference with Placebo, you could find these songs pleasant, at times even exhilarating. But I've just reached the final stage of that cycle, and nothing here forces me to reconsider."[11]

AllMusic called Meds "as bare and honest as Placebo have ever been, thanks to French producer Dimitri Tikovoi's straightforward approach in getting the band to make a bona fide rock record", writing that "There's a fresh vulnerability here and a sense of danger, too".[5] Robert Christgau called "Meds is easily their most effective album-as-album",[7] while Q magazine called it "easily their most focused album to date".[14] musicOMH wrote, "Darker than its predecessors, the harrowing Meds is as close Placebo have come to that perfect album."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Placebo, except "Running Up That Hill", written by Kate Bush

Original 2006 release
  1. Meds (featuring Alison Mosshart) - 2:55
  2. Infra-Red - 3:15
  3. Drag - 3:21
  4. Space Monkey - 3:51
  5. Follow the Cops Back Home - 4:39
  6. Post Blue - 3:11
  7. Because I Want You - 3:22
  8. Blind - 4:01
  9. Pierrot the Clown - 4:22
  10. Broken Promise (featuring Michael Stipe) - 4:10
  11. One of a Kind - 3:20
  12. In the Cold Light of Morning - 3:52
  13. Song to Say Goodbye - 3:36
Special Edition bonus DVD
  • "The Death of Nancy Boy" (documentary) – 8:51
  • Lyrics in virtual booklet
  • "Twenty Years (Live at Wembley 05.11.04)" (video) – 6:05
  • "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" (featuring The Cure) (video) – 4:06
  • "Backstage at Live 8" – 4:19
  • "Long Division" – 2:44
  • "In the Cold Light of Morning (Demo)" – 4:27
  • "I Do (Demo)" – 2:32
  • "Pierrot the Clown (Demo)" – 4:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Placebo
Additional personnel
  • Alison Mosshart – vocals on track 1
  • Michael Stipe – vocals
  • Natalia Bonner – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Ian Burge – cello on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Sarah Button – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Krista Caspersz – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Reiad Ceibah – viola on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Fiona Griffiths – viola on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Gita Langley – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Vicky Matthews – cello on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Jessie Murphy – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Emma Owens – viola on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Tom Piggot-Smith – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Helen Rathbone – cello on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Katherine Shave – viola on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Ellie Stanford – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Deborah White – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Lucy Wilkins – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Dave Williams – violin on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Sarah Willson – cello on tracks 4, 9 and 13
  • Fiona Brice – string arrangement on tracks 4, 9 and 13
Technical
  • Dimitri Tikovoiproduction
  • Floodmixing on tracks 1, 3–6, 8, 9 and 11–13
  • Dave Bascombe – mixing on tracks 7 and 10
  • James Brown – engineering, mixing on track 2
  • Alex Cowper – album design
  • Steve Mustarde – engineering assistance at Livingston Studios, London
  • Dan Porter – engineering assistance at Townhouse Studios
  • Mark Neary – engineering assistance at Snake Ranch
  • Rob Smith – engineering assistance at Sarm West Studios
  • Richard Woodcraft – engineering assistance at RAK Studios, London
  • Raj Das – engineering assistance at RAK Studios
  • Tim Young – audio mastering at Metropolis Studios, London
  • Marcelo Aldunate – mastering of Live in Chile
  • Rubén Cartagena – mixing and recording of Live in Chile
  • Daniel Escobar – recording assistance of Live in Chile
  • Gonzalo González – mastering of Live in Chile
  • Ewen Bremner – documentary film direction and editing
  • Side – documentary film sound services
  • Kal Weber – documentary film photography and production
  • Quinn Williams – documentary film editing
  • Gresby Nash – documentary film sound mixing
  • Paul Corkett – production on DVD track 6
  • Des Fallon – production on DVD track 3
  • Nick Fry – direction on DVD track 3
  • Pascal Klein – photography on DVD track 5
  • Renaud Le Van Kim – direction on DVD track 4
  • Placebo – production on DVD track 6
  • Simon Williams – editing on DVD track 5

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  6. ^ Alternative Press: 176. May 2006. 
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  8. ^ Mojo: 106. April 2006. 
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  12. ^ Rolling Stone: 69. 6 April 2006. 
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