Sleeping with Ghosts

Virgin UK
Release date
14 Aug 2006
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bulletproof Cupid 2:21 265,518
2 English Summer Rain 3:08 406,151
3 This Picture 3:34 442,787
4 Sleeping with Ghosts 4:31 345,799
5 The Bitter End 3:10 668,205
6 Something Rotten 5:29 208,108
7 Plasticine 3:24 228,189
8 Special Needs 3:27 452,642
9 I'll Be Yours 3:31 229,146
10 Second Sight 2:48 222,947
11 Protect Me from What I Want 3:23 264,546
12 Centrefolds 4:59 213,532

About this album

Sleeping with Ghosts is the fourth album released by European band Placebo in . It achieved chart success in the UK, Australia and Europe. This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

Album meaning

The album has several songs based on a theme of , whether as in relationships that end badly as in The Bitter End, power struggles in relationships (Special Needs) or the idea that some are meant to be eternal soulmates (the title track). Singer-lyricist Brian Molko told Kerrang! magazine that he was trying to ‘exorcise’ the ‘ghosts’ of the past:

I’m looking back to what’s happened in my past emotional decade, trying to understand it. Trying to exorcise the ghosts and the demons of relationships past. It’s the old cliché of it being therapeutic but it does work for me in that way.

Another interview has Molko explaining:

The album title’s about carrying the ghosts of your relationships with you, to the point where sometimes a smell or a situation or an item of clothing they bought brings a person back. For me it’s about the relationship that you have with your memories. They inhabit your dreams sometimes. There can be a lot in the future that’s gonna remind you of the ghost of relationships past. So I see the album as a collection of short stories about a handful of relationships. Most of them mine. In a way writing the songs helps me to get a lot of the nasty feelings off my chest and put them in a box, and therefore have a bit more of an objective discourse with those emotions because you’ve done something positive with them, you’ve rid yourself of them.

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