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.
Performance CreditsPet Shop Boys Primary Artist
Pete Gleadall Vocals
Adam Blake Hand Clapping
Stuart Price Vocals
Jessica Freedman Vocals
Katharine Hoye Vocals
Luke Halls Vocals
Andy Crookston Vocals
Technical CreditsBruce Springsteen Composer,Lyricist
Pete Gleadall Programming,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Stuart Price Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jeffrey Bryant Costume Design
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Electric based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Classic Pet Shop Boys - and that is a very good thing. Last album [last years more sombre 'Elysium'] was a little disappointing bar a few notable exceptions [Face Like That, and Leaving - both of which would fit well on 'Electric']. boldly opening with 'Axis', which is the very definition of a 80's electronica style rush of blood to the head. The pace is relentless throughout. 'Bolshy' sounds like it's lifted from 88's superb 'Introspective', and the other highlights are 'Thursday' which reminds me a little of a summery sort of 'West End Girls' with Chris intoning the days of the week in his inimitable style, before a rap and verse from Example brings things bang up to date. the melody is sublime and chorus infectious. fans of the 'Go West' side of Pet Shop Boys will love the epic 'Love Is A Bourgeois Construct' with it's thundering chorus and male voice choirs. 'Fluorescent' is a dark, brooding beast of a track, and their cover of Springsteen's 'The Last To Die' is more traditionally pop rock. Lyrically, it's as strong as ever. 'Electric' is a return to form for a duo 30 years in who rarely take their foot from the quality control peddle and keep standards in dance pop music incredibly high. Recommended.
"Electric" by Pet Shop Boys is a satisfying song collection of electronica and synth pop type hits. There is something for many people on "Electric" and the musical style points to how the Pet Shop Boys are getting even better. "Axis", "Love Is A Bourgeois Construct","Flourescent", "The Last To Die", "Thursday" (feat. Example), and "Vocal" are among the phenomenal tracks included in "Electric". I have had the chance to watch their "Vocal" music video which is also superb. "Electric" by Pet Shop Boys is an excellent music feature for casual fans, diehard Pet Shop Boys fans, and/or those who enjoy elements of synth-pop and electronic music.