Placebo @ The Corn Exchange, Cambridge

A three-piece at the Corn Exchange have the potential to create great sonic things but, unfortunately, tonight was not the night for sound quality. The bass was too high and the vocals too often lost in the mix which detracted from Placebo's tight performance. As usual, the singles were the crowd-pleasers and provided the raunchier part of the set. These were interspersed with slower numbers, presumably from the new album, that seemed deep, meaningul and angst-ridden. If these tunes dominate the record it'll be interesting to see how long the teen fans stay on board. I was glad to see that Placebo are still finishing the set with their oustanding instrumental Wild West theme. Worth seeing for this one track...if you can hear them, of course. (Donna Donnelly)
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