PLACEBO’s Breakthrough Album ‘WITHOUT YOU I’M NOTHING’ Turns 20 Today…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

12 October 2018


Album: WITHOUT YOU I’M NOTHING – the band’s second LP

Released: 12 October 1998 – 20 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “While Placebo’s self-titled debut contained mostly elements of ’90s alternative (Smashing Pumpkins, etc.), their second album, ‘Without You I’m Nothing’, is
full of ’70s glam rock and punk references. Placebo’s rhythm section of Stefan Olsdal (bass)
and Steve Hewitt (drums) is impressively tight, but the band’s star attraction is undoubtedly androgynous singer/guitarist Brian Molko. Whereas the debut was written solely by Molko,
their latest is a bona fide group effort, with Molko still handling the lyric-writing… With
massive success already underway back home in England, ‘Without You I’m Nothing’
deserves to break through everywhere else.”
– Full review hereScore: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: ‘Black Market Music‘ and this one are my favorite Placebo longplayers. Here they combined glam firework with punk grimness in a most infectious way. Add frontman Brian Molko‘s striking vox & self-assured charisma (and let’s not forget their magnetic force on stage) and what you got was a standout band, loved more by its millions of fans than by the narcissistic we make/we break press at the time.

TOP TRACKS: Pure Morning / Every You And Every Me / Burger Queen…

* PURE MORNING – classic cracker…

* EVERY YOU AND EVERY ME – sucker love…

* BURGER QUEEN – heartfelt humdinger…

ALBUM in full…

PLACEBO: Website – Facebook – All Albums

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