Placebo – Beautiful James

Placebo are one of those bands who had a new album ready in early 2020, whenโ€ฆ well, you knowโ€ฆ Be prepared for an enormous pile of delayed releases in the coming months, and Placeboโ€™s will be one of them. Their new album is now expected in early 2022.

Impatient fans just got a first track to sink their teeth in. Beautiful James is a classic Placebo song that celebrates non-heteronormative relationships. It has the potential to grow into a new fan favourite. By the sound of it, it could have been made in the era of Pure Morning or Every Me, Every You. Even only hearing Brian Molkoโ€™s distinct voice makes for a nostalgic listen.

The single is surrounded by a sense of mystery, and apparently, Molko doesnโ€™t want to shed much light on it. Speaking about the meaning of Beautiful James, the front man says that he wants โ€˜each person who cares enough to listen to the record to find their own storyโ€™, adding: โ€œWho is James to you? And is James even a man? These are questions Iโ€™m not going to answer, these are questions I want people to ask themselves.โ€ He concludes: โ€œIf the song serves to irritate the squares and the uptight, so gleefully be it.โ€

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