||DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE
NEVER BEING BORING, PET SHOP BOYS TURN UP THE BPM ON ELECTRIC
by Marc mo
This article shared 3286 times since Wed Jul 10, 2013
Being a Pet Shop Boys fan isn't the hardest job in the world, but some fans seem to think so. Much like the ebb and flow of love/hate we see with a new Kylie Minogue single or Madonna remix, each new Pet Shop Boys release in the past 30 years warrants huge discussions among their mostly over-35 gay-male fan base, and none of it is very consistent.
Most either fall into the "Actually" crowd or the "Very" camp; the former being the more lush, wordy and wise, softer side helmed by the Noel Coward-influenced Neil Tennant style; and the latter coming from the club love of their "Silent Bob," Chris Lowe. Last year's Elysium fell so hard (pun intended) into the chill Actually pocket, that you either heard hurrahs or boos, depending on your leaning, but not too many in-betweens. Many of the more dance-oriented fans were left bewildered by the languid, subtle CD, but now with the pending release of their new CD, Electric, Elysium's extreme seems to make more sense.
Electric is a full speed ahead dance event and as "Chris" as Elysium was "Neil." If you've been craving a return to the clubs, this is it. It starts with the first teaser instrumental single, "Axis," laying down a solid Acid House Rave vibe, then going Detroit techno with the oddly named "Bolshy," then popping squarely back to their "Very" era with "Love is a Bourgeois Concept," (which is just this side of Go West and Yesterday When I Was Mad). There's a small misstep with what sounds like a warped Avicii record, "Fluorescent." But then it picks back up again with the "Love Comes Quickly-Remixed" vibe of "Inside a Dream," and the too-poppy-not-to-be-a-single "The Last To Die." Then, wrapping up the disc is the manic return to rave, "Shouting In the Evening;" the album's most Pet-Shop-Boyish, mid-eighties disco, "Thursday (featuring Example);" and the latest single, "Vocal," a blatant, almost winkingly overt attempt at Top 40. Overall, I can't see either camp complaining about this, their most satisfying since Fundamental and easily within the top releases of their career.
Electric by Pet Shop Boys hits US shores July 16.
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