Placebo has always been a deeply emotional band. With Too Many Friends though, they’ve ditched the interpersonal lyrics for something much more grand.
The content matter and thematic arc that makes up Too Many Friends is an interesting one. The track serves as a lament towards Facebook, with a narrative of despair directed towards our current age of technology, with special regard to our society’s fixation on social media.
In it’s opening moments, the song is a bit hard to bear. With nothing more than a simple emotive piano riff against the overwhelmingly obnoxious vocals of Brian Molko. Thankfully, as the rest of the instrumentation kicks in, the song becomes a likeable one. It’s catchy, yet doesn’t stray too far from the style Placebo have become known for.
The chorus is sure to get stuck in your head, and that seems a common trend with Placebo’s latest releases. With Loud Like Love, their seventh studio album, set for release in less than a month it looks as though Placebo may finally find that worldwide acclaim and recognition they’ve been in search of. One can only hope that they retain and build upon the little momentum and traction that is found here and can have it culminate into a cohesive album.
By itself though, Too Many Friends serves as an unmemorable single that will get lost among other current pop-rock releases.
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