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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

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1
Axis 00:05:32

Stuart Price, Producer - NEIL TENNANT, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

2
Bolshy 00:05:44

Stuart Price, Producer - NEIL TENNANT, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

3
Love is a Bourgeois Construct 00:06:41

Stuart Price, Producer - NEIL TENNANT, Writer - Pete Gleadall, Producer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Writer - Michael Lawrence Nyman, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

4
Fluorescent 00:06:14

Stuart Price, Producer - NEIL TENNANT, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

5
Inside a Dream 00:05:37

Stuart Price, Producer - NEIL TENNANT, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

6
The Last to Die 00:04:12

Stuart Price, Producer - Pete Gleadall, Producer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Bruce Springsteen, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

7
Shouting in the Evening 00:03:36

Stuart Price, Producer - NEIL TENNANT, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

8
Thursday 00:05:02

Example, FeaturedArtist - Elliot Gleave, Writer - Stuart Price, Producer - NEIL TENNANT, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

9
Vocal 00:06:34

Stuart Price, Producer - NEIL TENNANT, Writer - Pete Gleadall, Producer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Writer

2013 x2 Recordings Ltd 2013 x2 Recordings Ltd

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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

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