B3 is Placebo taking everything that they have been throughout the years and providing the listener with a compelling look at the variety of their music. The opener, with its catchy chorus and electronic sound could have been on Sleeping With Ghosts, The Extra could have fit on Black Market Music, and slow-burner Time is Money would have sit comfortably next to Pierrot the Clown on Meds, the only track that feels out of place is the Minxus cover (the collaboration the world was waiting for, apparently), but other than that B3EP is a nice return to form and a good listen for fans and newcomers alike
It's not horrible, but it just proves that Placebo's golden time is long over. They won't be ever able to create masterpieces like WYIN. It seems like they're trying to hard to create "deep" and "meaningful" music for confused teenagers and young adults, but their heart is no longer in it. Brian's powerful voice is lost in all the flashy sounds. I'm not waiting for the new record.