Never Let Me Go

Placebo - Never Let Me Go
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2022 Ratings: #263 / 518
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Based on 257 ratings
2022 Ratings: #305
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Albumism

Years in the making, Placebo have done their part: Refined, relevant, and raucous, Never Let Me Go is a gift fulfilling both the promise of escape and resurrection—a perfect accompaniment to this strange new season of the pandemic and humanity itself.

86
Sputnikmusic

Never Let Me Go does an incredible job of handling the band’s bread and butter sound with the other aforementioned ideas, and creates a very engaging environment as a result.

80
NME

The British veterans' first album in almost a decade isn't quite the ‘Metal Machine Music’ they suggest, but it is their best since 2006’s ‘Meds’.

80
Upset
Another outstanding album from one of the most consistent and prolific bands of a generation.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Never Let Me Go feels like an astute observation of our current post-pandemic social climate, as if the current global narrative has finally caught up to that of Placebo's internal monologue.

80
The Telegraph

With futuristic riffs and pounding drums, Placebo remain a glorious band to yell along to, even after all these years.

80
musicOMH
A record of bloody-nosed nostalgia, of earworm riffs, of thick layers of grunge and jazzy breaks that swell up just when you think you’ve pinned the sound down.
80
Northern Transmissions

With a rich subject matter to choose from ‘Never Let Me Go’ is a lot to get your teeth into and an album that demands your attention.

80
AllMusic

Despite the overwhelming emotions, Never Let Me Go is an exercise in control and expert execution that finds Placebo on another level of songwriting and point of view, a welcome surprise at this stage in their careers.

80
The Independent

Never Let Me Go expands on the disassociation Molko encapsulated for so many misunderstood Nineties teens, applying it now to the entire human species.

80
Kerrang!

Performed with panache and expertise, Never Let Me Go is a collection of patient tempos, irresistible grooves and ... the kind of thoughtful and carefully chosen instrumentation that is at times little short of sublime.

80
DIY

After years of reflection, this is a steady steep back towards the future.

80
Distorted Sound

They’ve always done their own thing, and Never Let Me Go is no exception. It’s the sound of a band finding new life well over a quarter of a century into their career, and that’s exactly what makes them special.

80
Classic Rock

Never Let Me Go finds their brooding cyber rock gently tweaked and polished – a little more synth, a touch more buzz and clatter – yet sounding as timely and relevant to future rock trends as at any point since Nancy Boy.

80
The Arts Desk

Never Let Me Go rocks and rages yet is melodic and thoughtful, all at the same time.

80
Louder Than War

Never Let Me Go, Placebo’s first album in almost a decade, is the most textured, nuanced, and subtle of their 25-year career. It’s also the most emotionally powerful.

70
Gigwise

Written after a gruelling greatest hits tour, Never Let Me Go sees Placebo making music purely for themselves, with some captivating results.

70
Clash
A record that continually kicks against the pricks, ‘Never Let Me Go’ proves that Placebo remain – infuriatingly for some – a group who are impossible to write off.
65
Under The Radar

This won’t be anyone’s favourite Placebo album, but Never Let Me Go is a good solid effort from a band with a considerably lengthy career behind them that hasn’t dropped a record in nearly a decade.

40
PopMatters

Don’t call it a comeback: Placebo’s first new album in a decade, Never Let Me Go, shows their finest years are still behind them.

40
Record Collector

Placebo continue to find new ways of making sleazy, eyeliner-caked punky rants sound the most visceral thrills around.

Music_Nerds
92

It’s as if the sounds of Never Let Me Go are being mixed up in the lab and you’re right there for the experiment with test tubes and circuitry in the background clicking away Forever Chemicals is twisted as it clatters and clangs and seems to attempt to process it’s very own chemistry and even perhaps, condition:
(EDIT: THANKS FOR THE 750 FOLLOWERS 🙏)
🎶 My imagination doesn't know where to go
So it goes to sleep instead 🎶
🎶 Now my memory shapes forgot their own ... read more

depechemode4lif
75

I feel like this is a grower. But either way, it is best Placebo has had to offer in a minute. It is a very mature album for a band that has ben around as long as they have. The record also has a good flow from track to track and they are able to adapt their sound to still sound fresh. This album does have some questionable moments such as the cliche lyrics on Try Better Next Time or the unnecessary strings on The Prodigal. However, this album also contains some of the groups strongest tracks ... read more

Whynot
72

Long awaited record. Nine years of silence it is not a small thing. The obvious question was, how this “two piece” pandemic Placebo incarnation is going to sound?.
Of course we had a hint of it with the singles which were very promising indeed.
Sonically the album kind of reminds the Sleeping with Ghosts and Meds era, which at least for me is a very nice thing. Beautiful James chorus is undeniably linked to that period. Not groundbreaking for sure, but very good news for a band ... read more

Props
80

Very solid album. Lots of interesting lyricism and instrumentation, with strong stand-out moments in the form of the opener 'Forever Chemicals', which brilliantly combines clunking and clattering sounds with guitars, all the way to the softer moments towards the end, where the lyrics and Brian Molko's vocals really stand out. Even though we get a few tracks that go on for a little too long or try to be overly ambitious, the vast majority of Never Let Me Go is enjoyable and captivating.

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deardani
94

never letting go of this one

AllChup
70

Nothing new, but for many years Placebo has remained at its level, does not get tired, recording good records.

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Added on: November 4, 2021