Placebo - The Never-Ending Why

Fitting in with the 'positive affirmation' of 'Battle For The Sun', comes the most relentlessly cheery thing you're ever likely to hear from such an unlikely source.

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Released 15 Sep 2009 | Dream Brother | By Shefali Srivastava | Rating: 3-5
Placebo - The Never-Ending Why

Let's be honest - if you were going to make a list of bands that create happy, upbeat, 'the hills are alive with the sound of music' kind of music, Placebo are not going to be the first that you put on there, let alone even make an appearance. But fitting in with the 'positive affirmation' mood of recent album 'Battle For The Sun', comes the most relentlessly cheery thing you're ever likely to hear from such an unlikely source.

That's not to say that it isn't good – far from it. It starts with a crashing intro of drums and guitar, and the atmospheric first verse builds up to a furious, anthemic chorus about the mysteries of life, as Brian Molko sings in impassioned tones "time will help you through, but it doesn't have the time to give you all the answers to the never-ending why". Come the second verse, there's the cute addition of a xylophone, which gives the track further levity as well as being inexplicably amusing. The jazzy brass section which features in the second half, imparts a sense of booming power and shows that experimenting just a little with instrumentation can make a big, bold difference.