Brian Molko has long been associated with the role of the voice of disaffected youth; a role that he probably doesn't relish but with anthems like 'Teenage Angst' and 'Nancy Boy' under his belt, this is a reputation that is difficult to shake off. Since then Placebo have produced two more albums of far deeper content whilst still plying their trade in post-grunge. There's little change on fourth effort 'Sleeping With Ghosts', wherein the songwriting talent still burns defiantly when in lesser hands it would be a damp squib. Rousing choruses of the ilk of 'This Picture' and 'Protect Me From What I Want' are up to the usual standard. Meanwhile the title track impressively employs the band's gift for slowly grinding emotional rock epics that made the title track off 'Without You I'm Nothing' so memorable. Tellingly, the slow burning beast that is 'Something Rotten' and the inventive drum mixing reveal a nod to modernity. So although the group's halcyon days may be past, that potent mix of helium vocals and the muscular undertow of the rhythm section is still hard to resist.