"Without You I'm Nothing" (Virgin; 1998)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Placebo's music is slow, too introspective and filled with unpleasant images. In other words, it's boring. The only bright spot here is when the band speeds up the pace with "Brick Shithouse," (a great title, too). All the other tunes here really turned me off. Throughout the entire recording, I felt like an outsider looking in, like I was not privy to some private joke. Totally uninspiring. "Brick Shithouse" alone earns "Without You I'm Nothing" its sole half-guitarsaw.

Placebo is Brian Molko, vocals, guitar; Stefan Olsdal, bass, guitar, keyboards; Steve Hewitt, drums.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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