PLACEBO - Soulmates Never Die (Live in Paris 2003)
Placebo has outlived them all, both in spirit and inspiration, and the best evidence of their continued, well-deserved success is Soulmates Never Die. This is a fantastic video, captured live at the Bercy concert hall in Paris. Don't be put off by the seemingly-clich&eacue;d intro with its freeze frames on both the band and the audience, or its slow tracking shots back over the audience. You'll soon be treated to the multiple camera setups and editing that effectively capture the boisterous personalities and enthusiasm of lead singer Brian Molko, mohawked bassist Stefan Osdal, and drummer Steve Hewitt, as well as the thousands of fans that packed the sold-out concert.
Molko is in top form here, not only favoring French-language chatter, to the delight of the audience, but also singing Protect Me in its French-language variant (unfortunately revealing the limitations of his slightly skewed pronunciation). The audience, as well, is top form, enthusiastic but not to the point of idolatry, which could have quickly become tiresome for viewers who aren't rabid fans.
Visually the concert is a treat, alternating between blurry, fake grainy VHS-quality footage and gorgeous full-DVD resolution. There's a complex mix of deliberate blur, usage of black and white, and slow motion, and this visual interest not only increases the excitement of the live show, but in the end adds to one's appreciation of the music.
The canonical quality concert film is Jonathan Demme's film of Talking Head's Stop Making Sense. There's no doubt in this reviewer's mind that Live in Paris is second only to that film.
1. Bullet Proof
3. Every You Every Me
5. Protege Moi
7. Bitter End
10. I'll Be Yours
11. Special Needs
12. English Summer Rain
13. Without You I'm Nothing
14. This Picture
15. Special K
16. Taste In Men
17. Slave To Wage
18. Peeping Tom
19. Pure Morning
21. Where Is My Mind? (Featuring Frank Black of the Pixies)
This DVD contains the Documentary "Sleeping With Ghosts Tour".
Running Time: 120 Minutos aprox. /minutes
Size: 6,92 GB
Ripped: DVD Full
System Video: PAL 720X576 Pixels, 16/9, Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: Stereo (320 Kbps), Dolby 5.1 (448 Kbps) DTS 5.1 (768 Kbps)