Battle for the Sun

Vagrant Records (US)
Release date
9 Jun 2009
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Kitty Litter 3:46 168,868
2 Ashtray Heart 3:33 207,718
3 Battle for the Sun 5:33 228,291
4 For What It's Worth 2:47 233,818
5 Devil in the Details 4:29 154,999
6 Bright Lights 3:24 176,839
7 Speaking In Tongues 4:06 4,131
8 The Never-Ending Why 3:24 161,020
9 Julien 4:43 140,800
10 Happy You're Gone 3:51 135,875
11 Breathe Underwater 3:43 140,622
12 Come Undone 4:37 135,339
13 Kings of Medicine 4:11 141,702

About this album

Battle for the Sun is the sixth studio album by the band Placebo.

David Bottrill produced the record, after having previously worked with Tool, Muse, Silverchair, Remy Zero and dEUS. James Brown, who worked on the band’s 2006 album Meds, engineered. It is also the first album with the new drummer, Steve Forrest.

On Battle for the Sun, the band uses new instruments, such as trumpets and saxophones. The material has influences from such bands as PJ Harvey and My Bloody Valentine. It is a heavier-sounding record compared to its predecessor. Frontman Brian Molko said on the concept of the album:

“We’ve made a record about choosing life, about choosing to live, about stepping out of the darkness and into the light. Not necessarily turning your back on the darkness because it’s there, it’s essential; it’s a part of who you are, but more about the choice of standing in the sunlight instead.”

Molko has also stated that Battle for the Sun is the band’s first album with a discernible thematic unity. Molko states that his favourite track from the album is Speak in Tongues


The album was released as a download, CD, limited edition CD + DVD, LP, and a limited edition box set.

The box set features the full album plus two extra studio tracks, a CD to access exclusive live recorded tracks, a DVD of the December 2008 Angkor Wat performance, a DVD of exclusive studio footage and a 32 page photo book featuring exclusive artwork, photos and handwritten lyrics as well as the full album on 2 x Heavy Vinyl LP.

The title track Battle for the Sun debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show March 17, 2009. After the world première, it became available for free download on the band’s official site.

The album was made available for streaming on the band’s official website between May 29th and May 31st, 2009.

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  • lacrymosarust

    I'm absolutely in love with this album. Kitty Litter ♥ Battle For The Sun ♥ Julien ♥

    6 Jan 8:56am Reply
  • AdamKadmon8

    everytime I listen LLL, I realize that BFTS isn't that bad

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • phcapricorn

    Wow, and here I thought I was the only one who loves BFTS, it's nice to know I was wrong :d Amazing, especially Julien and The Movie on Your Eyelids

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Walltery

    This album is obviously different from previous one but it doesn't mean that it's worse

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • venlur

    I love this album at least because of "Movie on your eyelids".

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • borgy

    what's 'wrong with this one' ... oh that's right ... nothing they changed their sound and you didn't like it, so that makes it shit....... whatever. it's a great album, i want a new album every time a band makes a new album, not a rehash of their older albums.

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Placebionic

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • RedStoneRose

    I love every you every me very much

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    ♥ Amazing ♥

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • portishphonic

    I'm an old Placebo fan, I adore their previous albums but there is something wrong with this one. It's the worst indeed. [4]

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Kriksylv

    One of their best albums, they ever made.

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Newborn_Bantam

    Well, it's my favourite Placebo album. Love it

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • minimolko

    I'm an old Placebo fan, I adore their previous albums but there is something wrong with this one. It's the worst indeed. [3] :(

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tcbp

    Devil in the details + Come undone > rest of the album

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MixAnesthesia

    Breathe underwater ♥

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Alanholiczka

    Kitty Litter, Battle for the Sun, For What It's Worth <3

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Sweetboy_88

    ♥ ♥ ♥

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • xxangelchanxx

    I can't say this album is anything great compared to their previous works but it has some pretty nice tracks like speak in tongues or come undone.Some on the other side really really disappointed me like this one or breath underwater. though ):

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • s-t09

    The best album!!!!!!!

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tcbp

    Far and away, the worst. Meds is a masterpiece compared to this.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
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