It's now ten years since the first Placebo album where Brian Molko and cohorts first pulled off the trick of aligning post-Nirvana grunge with tales of youthful frustration and trouble. Surprisingly or not, the formula has changed little but what is most definitely surprising is that it's a formula that still has plenty of mileage left in it. 'Meds' is arguably the best Placebo album since 1998's high watermark 'Without You I'm Nothing'. Surging rock songs 'Infra-Red', 'Drag' and 'Song To Say Goodbye' burn with a sexual edginess that many might have thought Molko incapable of after all this years. The comedown after the sugar rush is also well represented; to accompany the introspective likes of 'Pierrot The Clown' and 'In The Cold Light Of Morning', 'Follow The Cops Back Home' is a socially-aware epic that Molko can rightfully consider one of the highlights of his career. Ultimately, Placebo's crowning achievement is producing music that appears to be geared towards teenagers, yet its passion and energy has the capability to reach out to a much older audience.