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Pop - Released July 15, 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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Pop - Released February 8, 2019 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released April 1, 2016 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Coming almost three years after their excellent, unexpected, and infectious LP Electric, 2016's Super is the second album where the Pet Shop Boys call themselves "electronic purists," holing up in the studio with returning producer Stuart Price and a mess of PCs, drum machines, and synths. The musical landscape is the same and still, it's not a sequel or a very proper follow-up. It feels confident, loose, and free like a swaggering epilogue, like the smaller Quantum of Solace following the epic Casino Royale. At first, everything is in its place, as nostalgic single "The Pop Kids" acts as this album's "Being Boring" with alluring house music and quintessential PSB lyrics ("I studied History while you did biology/To you the human body didn't hold any mystery"). "The Dictator Decides" is this album's "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously" with focus shifted to the 2016 political landscape ("My facts are invented, I sound quite demented"). A healthy dose of classic spite fuels "Twenty-Something" as electro bachata makes the song's Oscar Wilde outlook and Dorothy Parker attitude sound cool rather than curmudgeon. Borrow some riffs from Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" and Moby's "Go" while giving the style-less EDM kids a kick during the great "Inner Sanctum" and this sounds like Electric once again, but Super ventures into B-side territory with the brilliant instrumental "Pazzo!" along with most of the album's spirited and sprawling second half. Still, PSB B-sides are larks and experiments of the highest order, so while Super scores as high as the crossover-ish Electric, it's built more for the fan who puts "Paninaro" at the top of their list, well ahead of "West End Girls." ~ David Jeffries
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Pop - Released September 11, 2019 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released October 25, 2019 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released March 18, 2016 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released October 25, 2019 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released September 2, 2013 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released June 24, 2016 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released September 16, 2016 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released November 4, 2013 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released September 16, 2016 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released July 22, 2016 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released July 28, 2013 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released September 2, 2013 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released November 4, 2013 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released March 18, 2016 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released May 21, 2013 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released May 1, 2013 | x2 Recordings Ltd

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Pop - Released June 3, 2013 | x2 Recordings Ltd