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Battle for the Sun

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Though they’ve garnered famous fans like David Bowie and Michael Stipe, these U.K. glam-punk guys have never broken out in the States. Post?Adam Lambert, might America be ready for the Placebo effect? The trio’s latest, Battle for the Sun is stocked with hard-charging riffs and frontman Brian Molko’s androgynous squeals. One song even has funky horns. Still, the band has made records more appealingly outré than this one. Raise the freak flag higher, dudes! B-

Download This: Listen to the song For What It’s Worth on the band’s MySpace