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Electric (2013)

Artist: Pet Shop Boys
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Format: CD
Sku: 250429584
UPC: 055667602413
UPC 14: 05055667602413
Release Date: 7/16/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
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 ~ (featuring Example)
9. Vocal
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Stuart Price (programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Stuart Price.
Muze PNote Photographer: John Ross .
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Stuart Price

Engineer: Stuart Price

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Example

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations 80 Definitive Collection
Muze Music Compilations In Out Of Consciousness
Muze Music Compilations Isles Of Wonder:opening Ceremony/2012
Muze Music Compilations Symphony/british:closing 2012 Olympic
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Collection
Muze Music Compilations Queer As Folk: Club Babylon (2 Discs)

Associated Artists and Works

Burns, Pete
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Introspection ~ Crouch End Festival Chorus
Dresden Sinfoniker
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/15/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : X 20003CD1
Music Label Name Label : X2
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 05055667602413

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Pet Shop Boys
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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