Wildcard (week 13):
Placebo – The Prodigal

Placebo are back with the eighth, and most accessible sounding album yet. Their first studio album in eight yearsโ€™ time, Never Let Me Go was recorded between 2019 and 2021. It was preceded by the tracks Beautiful James, Surrounded By Spies, Try Better Next Time and โ€˜the fourth and final singleโ€™ Happy Birthday In The Sky. โ€˜Fourth and final singleโ€™? Does that mean that The Prodigal, which could grow into Placeboโ€™s Bittersweet Symphony, would not be released commercially? Luckily, it doesnโ€™t. Thanks to some attentive (and influential) music lovers, the record company just decided to make it the albumโ€™s fifth single as yet.

The Prodigal opens with a catchy string arrangement, which Placebo did not sample from a classic Rolling Stones track. Letโ€™s just hope representatives of Queen & David Bowie wonโ€™t claim the strings halfway the song resemble the grande finale of Under Pressure.

All in all, The Prodigal is a wonderful, radio friendly single. Its orchestral backdrop and beautiful backing vocals give extra depth to the recognizable Placebo sound. As the albumโ€™s fifth single, it may seem to be the end of the campaign, but its only just beginning. This week, the band start a headline tour thatโ€™ll bring them all over Europe. Make sure not to miss it.

This week, Placeboโ€™s The Prodigal will feature at the top of the Carte Blanche Music blog as our new Wildcard.

Recommended as well:
Beautiful James
Placebo – Lifeโ€™s What You Make It

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In the Wildcards 2022 playlist youโ€™ll find all of this yearโ€™s Carte Blanche Music Wildcards so far.

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