20090416

Placebo 6th Album: 陽光如果普照。

3月16日,Placebo 宣佈今年夏天6月8日即將發行暌違兩年以後的第六張大碟:「Battle For The Sun」。號稱正面樂觀的主題,一洗從前迷幻墮落奢靡頽喪風,Placebo忽然光風霽月起來有種惶惶然的新鮮氣息,教向來鍾愛蹲在黑暗角落沉淪Brian魅惑聲綫兼藥物與曙光齊飛的音樂的歌迷有種屋頂忽然被掀開一室陽光滿溢的惶恐——何處藏身?

別怕。如是美好的陽光或許只不過是從密封良久的暗室中走出來透透氣時乍見的瞬間美好——罕見的總是新鮮振奮,但根仍是緊緊扎在不見天日的黑暗中。Brian這樣解釋:"[Darkness is] a part of who you are, but [this album] is about the choice of standing in the sunlight instead." 在NME的訪談中如是説:"We've made a record about choosing life, and choosing to live, about stepping out of the darkness and into the light."

本質上仍然是黑暗,陽光只不過是一種選擇。於是,作爲不顧一切吸取Brian Molko黑暗養分存活的歌迷,得以松一口氣。當然我們都知道陽光美好,但一天之中如果24個小時都是陽光充沛的話是會閙出人命的。

就當是一場日光浴,且全心全意地相信親愛的Brian。

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為符合陽光主題(?),新專輯在陽光充沛的多倫多錄製。今囘脫離向來共事的Virgin Records,改與獨立音樂品牌Pias合作;而另一個已成事實但仍未讓所有人接受的改變是,這也是自原鼓手Steve Hewitt離開PLACEBO後,新加入的Steve Forrest第一次在PLACEBO專輯中出現。

70英鎊的豪華版專輯已經開始接受預購,首500張專輯將附送PLACEBO親筆簽名。其他贈品包括:a live CD, a DVD of last year's performance at Angkor Wat, a making-of DVD, vinyl LP, and two books。

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3月26日,Brian宣佈曲目:

  • Kitty Litter
  • Ashtray Heart
  • Battle For The Sun
  • For What It’s Worth
  • Devil In The Details
  • Bright Lights
  • Speak In Tongues
  • The Never-Ending Why
  • Julien
  • Happy You're Gone
  • Breathe Underwater
  • Come Undone
  • Kings Of Medicine

原文照抄Brian說的專輯概念:"I believe 'Battle' to be the first of our albums to tell a story over the course of its 52 minutes. Our previous releases were really only collections of songs and even though the songs are ordered according to the musical flow, I hope that if you listen hard enough to the words that some kind of discernible thematic unity will begin to emerge."

Brian,其實不管你說的是什麽,單是聽聞新專輯望穿秋水終于出現這囘事本身都已經是如此教人振奮的啊啊。

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