Electric CD (2013)

Artist: Pet Shop Boys

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Label Alliance Domestic
SKU 250429584
UPC 055667602413
UPC 14 05055667602413
Format CD
Release Date 7/16/2013
Author Pet Shop Boys
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Collection
Compilation Appearance Queer As Folk: Club Babylon (2 Discs)
Compilation Appearance In Out Of Consciousness
Compilation Appearance Isles Of Wonder:opening Ceremony/2012
Compilation Appearance Bronson (ost)
Compilation Appearance Nothing Has Changed 2-CD Set
Compilation Appearance Nothing Has Changed 3-CD Set
Associated Artist/Work Burns, Pete
Associated Artist/Work Crouch End Festival Chorus
Technical Info
Engineer Stuart Price
Producer Stuart Price
CatalogID X 20003CD1
Lable Name X2
Released 07/15/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 49m : 14s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 05055667602413
Musical Guests
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Stuart Price (programming).
Audio Mixer: Stuart Price.
Photographer: John Ross .
While it entirely feels like a return to form, there's nothing quite like Electric in the Pet Shop Boys' back catalog, at least not on an album level. Immediately achieving escape velocity from the dour doldrums of their previous effort Elysium, this taut, electro-disco wonder kicks off with the Kraftwerk-meets-Giorgio Moroder highlight "Axis" and stays in the zone with both icy cool productions from Stuart Price (Madonna, Seal, Kylie Minogue) and a bpm count that remains high with nothing coming close to a slow dance ballad. While previous albums were broken up by large scale numbers like "It Couldn't Happen Here" or slow burners like "Love Comes Quickly," this one adds variety by going for danceable wit ("Love Is a Bourgeois Construct" so "You won't see me with a bunch of roses/Promising fidelity"), sheer joy ("Bolshy" is both ridiculous and ridiculously fun), and Bruce Springsteen ("The Last to Die" is a cover of the Boss' anti-war number, now turned into a floor-filler, and it somehow works). With PSB members Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe already known for their dry delivery, "Thursday," with rapper Example, turns into a grand, posh posse cut with a razor-sharp crease, and when the closing highlight "Vocal" offers "Everything about tonight feels right and so young," former Smash Hits critic Tennant could replace "tonight" with "the album" for his headline review. Keeping the track list to nine cuts only sharpens the effort, but these dance numbers are allowed to run past the six-minute mark when need be, as if Electric were some kind of 12" collection of alternate universe, fan favorites. An excellent, unexpected, and infectious triumph. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "A pulse-quickening, mind-tickling dance LP 27 years after their debut? This duo did much more than get lucky."
Q (Magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With ELECTRIC, Pet Shop Boys have succeeded spectacularly."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "ELECTRIC shows Tennant and lowe plugging back into the dancefloor that has always fired them up."
Paste (magazine) - "The album soars by doing what the band has done best: almost entirely ignoring current trends in club music."
Disc 1
1 Axis
2 Bolshy
3 Love is a Bourgeois Construct
4 Fluorescent
5 Inside a Dream
6 Last To Die, The
7 Shouting In the Evening
8 Thursday
9 Vocal
Product Attributes
Artist Pet Shop Boys
Music Format Compact Disc

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