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Coming down from the ambitious, politically charged Fundamental, Yes is the sound of the Pet Shop Boys unwinding and returning to their usual fascinations: isolation, fashion, grand arrangements, and witty synth pop anthems. Unfortunately, they're in a slump with their songwriting, and subject-wise, every song here has a companion piece on some earlier album, but that doesn't mean the party is spoiled. The delicate electro opener "Love Etc." is PSB perfection with its memorable hook and faultless construction. Brian Higgins and his Xenomania team (Saint Etienne, Girls Aloud) share songwriting and production duties on the track, and while that later credit continues for the remainder of the album, the hip crew becomes invisible as singer Tennant and synth-man Lowe take over. Employing an Abbey Road orchestra and hiring Johnny Marr for some Hollywood guitar seems a familiar Pet Shop Boys maneuver, and when Neil Tennant tops it off with some sardonic lyrics, "Beautiful People" becomes a pleasingly comfortable gift for any fan thrown by Fundamental's action committee attitude. "Did You See Me Coming" is the exhilarated infatuation of "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Sort of Thing" all over again, while "King of Rome" is the spitting image of the duo's 1987 chestnut "King's Cross." These are good things, especially for the sworn fan, and so are the few quirky new ideas, like the duo trading lines Run-D.M.C. style on "Building a Wall." The grand closer "Legacy" is the obvious songwriting highlight, partly because of the Kurt Weill-like breakdown in the middle, but mostly because of the grim way it comforts the brokenhearted. Neil proposes that glaciers melt and stars burn out so there's a pretty good chance that given time "you'll get over it." It's much better than the "Is that a riot/or are you just glad to see me" line in "Pandemonium" and just the touch Yes needs to put this above the standard PSB album.
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1
Love etc.
Pet Shop Boys
00:03:31

Miranda Cooper, Writer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sacha Collisson, Keyboards, Programmer - Fred Falke, Keyboards, Programmer - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Owen Parker, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Xenomania, Producer, Backing Vocals - Brian Higgins, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
All over the World
Pet Shop Boys
00:03:50

Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - The London Metropolitan Orchestra, Brass - Andy Brown, Brass Arranger, Brass Conductor - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Owen Parker, Keyboards, Programmer - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Lead Vocals, Writer - Andrew Dudman, Orchestral Recording Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Beautiful People
Pet Shop Boys
00:03:41

Kieran Jones, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Nick Coler, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Jason Resch, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Jessie Malakouti, Vocals - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer, Backing Vocals - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - Johnny Marr, Guitar, Harmonica - The London Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestra - Andy Brown, Conductor - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Owen Parker, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Backing Vocals - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Cathy Thompson, Orchestra Leader - Pete Gleadall, Keyboards, Programmer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Owen Pallett, Orchestral Arranger - Carla Marie Williams, Backing Vocals - Andy Dudman, Audio Recording Engineer - Alex Gardner, Backing Vocals

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Did You See Me Coming?
Pet Shop Boys
00:03:41

Nick Coler, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer - Johnny Marr, Guitar - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Owen Parker, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Produced by - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pete Gleadall, Keyboards, Programmer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Vulnerable
Pet Shop Boys
00:04:47

Nick Coler, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer - Fred Falke, Keyboards, Programmer - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Xenomania, Producer, Produced by - Brian Higgins, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Produced by - Dick Beetham, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pete Gleadall, Keyboards, Programmer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
More Than a Dream
Pet Shop Boys
00:04:56

Miranda Cooper, Backing Vocals, Writer - Kieran Jones, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Jason Resch, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer, Backing Vocals - Sacha Collisson, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer, Backing Vocals, Writer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Alex Gardner, Backing Vocals

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Building a Wall
Pet Shop Boys
00:03:49

Kieran Jones, Keyboards, Programmer - Nick Coler, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Jason Resch, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - Johnny Marr, Guitar - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
King of Rome
Pet Shop Boys
00:05:31

Kieran Jones, Keyboards, Programmer - Nick Coler, Keyboards, Programmer - Jason Resch, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer - Mike Kearsey, Brass - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pete Gleadall, Keyboards, Programmer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Steve Hamilton, Brass

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Pandemonium
Pet Shop Boys
00:03:42

Nick Coler, Keyboards, Programmer - Jason Resch, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer - Johnny Marr, Guitar, Harmonica - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Owen Parker, Guitar - Xenomania, Producer, Vocals - Brian Higgins, Producer - Mike Kearsey, Brass - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pete Gleadall, Keyboards, Programmer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Steve Hamilton, Brass - Marc Parnell, Drums

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
The Way It Used to Be
Pet Shop Boys
00:04:43

Miranda Cooper, Writer - Kieran Jones, Keyboards, Programmer - Nick Coler, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Jason Resch, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer - Sacha Collisson, Guitar - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Owen Parker, Keyboards, Programmer - TOBY SCOTT, Keyboards, Programmer - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer, Writer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Carla Marie Williams, Guest Vocals

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Legacy
Pet Shop Boys
00:06:21

Kieran Jones, Keyboards, Programmer - Nick Coler, Keyboards, Programmer - Jason Resch, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - The London Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestra - Andy Brown, Conductor - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Cathy Thompson, Orchestra Leader - Pete Gleadall, Keyboards, Programmer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Owen Pallett, Orchestral Arranger - Andy Dudman, Engineer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Love etc. (Pet Shop Boys Dub)
Owen Parker
00:06:18

Miranda Cooper, Writer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sacha Collisson, Keyboards, Programmer - Fred Falke, Keyboards, Programmer - Matt Gray, Keyboards, Programmer - Jeremy Wheatley, MixingEngineer - Owen Parker, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Xenomania, Producer, Backing Vocals - Brian Higgins, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Pete Gleadall, MixingEngineer - Pet Shop Boys, Remix, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Yes - Track by Track commentary by Neil and Chris
Pet Shop Boys
00:48:40

Miranda Cooper, Composer - Kieran Jones, Composer - Nick Coler, Composer - Jason Resch, Composer - Tim Powell, Composer - Owen Parker, Composer - Brian Higgins, Composer - Non Music Work, Composer - NEIL TENNANT, Composer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Chris Lowe, Composer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Pet Shop Boys "Brits" Medley
Pet Shop Boys
00:09:31

Wayne Carson Thompson, Writer - Miranda Cooper, Composer, Writer - Tim Powell, Composer, Writer - Wayne Thompson, Composer - Stuart Price, Arranger, Additional Production - Owen Parker, Composer, Writer - Brian Higgins, Composer, Writer - Mark James, Composer, Writer - Dick Beetham, MasteringEngineer - NEIL TENNANT, Composer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, Arranger, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Composer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Johnny Christopher, Composer, Writer - Henri Belolo, Composer, Writer - Jacques Morali, Composer, Writer - Allee Willis, Composer, Writer - V Willis, Composer - Victor Willis, Writer

© 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Coming down from the ambitious, politically charged Fundamental, Yes is the sound of the Pet Shop Boys unwinding and returning to their usual fascinations: isolation, fashion, grand arrangements, and witty synth pop anthems. Unfortunately, they're in a slump with their songwriting, and subject-wise, every song here has a companion piece on some earlier album, but that doesn't mean the party is spoiled. The delicate electro opener "Love Etc." is PSB perfection with its memorable hook and faultless construction. Brian Higgins and his Xenomania team (Saint Etienne, Girls Aloud) share songwriting and production duties on the track, and while that later credit continues for the remainder of the album, the hip crew becomes invisible as singer Tennant and synth-man Lowe take over. Employing an Abbey Road orchestra and hiring Johnny Marr for some Hollywood guitar seems a familiar Pet Shop Boys maneuver, and when Neil Tennant tops it off with some sardonic lyrics, "Beautiful People" becomes a pleasingly comfortable gift for any fan thrown by Fundamental's action committee attitude. "Did You See Me Coming" is the exhilarated infatuation of "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Sort of Thing" all over again, while "King of Rome" is the spitting image of the duo's 1987 chestnut "King's Cross." These are good things, especially for the sworn fan, and so are the few quirky new ideas, like the duo trading lines Run-D.M.C. style on "Building a Wall." The grand closer "Legacy" is the obvious songwriting highlight, partly because of the Kurt Weill-like breakdown in the middle, but mostly because of the grim way it comforts the brokenhearted. Neil proposes that glaciers melt and stars burn out so there's a pretty good chance that given time "you'll get over it." It's much better than the "Is that a riot/or are you just glad to see me" line in "Pandemonium" and just the touch Yes needs to put this above the standard PSB album.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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