It's a bit unusual to hear so many vocal tracks in a club these days, he knows, but he's imagining that his songs could save some kid the way other people's songs once saved him. Asha Sheshadri. Kae Tempest. Aldous Harding. Swedish House Mafia. Father John Misty. Maren Morris. Yung Lean. Newsletter Pitchfork Radio. Discovery: Live in Rio PopArt: The Hits.
Interior Monologues. The Line Is a Curve. Warm Chris. These are, after all, men who reworked the Village People's Go West as a lament for the innocence of the pre-Aids era featuring a male voice choir, while wearing half-sphere blue and yellow helmets. On the other, you were sighingly forced to conclude, perhaps it was inevitable: Chris Lowe is 53, Neil Tennant nearly 59; their work in recent years has increasingly looked beyond pop music, stretching into film soundtracks, ballet scores and orchestral works.
And so it comes as something of a relief to find Pet Shop Boys not merely releasing a 12th studio album, but promoting it with a photograph featuring Lowe with his head entirely encased in a disco mirrorball. As statements of intent go, it's matched only by Electric's opening track, Axis , five-and-a-half minutes of writhing Italo disco-influenced synth chatter and vocodered vocals issuing a series of dancefloor commands: "Feel the power … plug it in … turn it on.
It's not the last time Electric sounds like Elysium's negative image. The album relocates a duo last seen sniping from the sidelines — albeit very wittily — at a world that seemed to be moving on without them to the centre of the action: usually a nightclub dancefloor, where they're variously to be found celebrating hedonism to a ferocious rhythm track Shouting in the Evening or gazing, simultaneously lovestruck and a little troubled, at the younger patrons Fluorescent.
If the lyrics of Vocal appear to be a reaffirmation of the pair's belief in the power of pop music — "expressing passion, explaining pain, aspirations for a better life are ordained … anything I want to say out loud will be sung" — the cover of Bruce Springsteen's The Last to Die , which replaces the hoarse vocals and raging E Street Band with a four-to-the-floor beat and Tennant's careful enunciation, sounds like an expression of pop's adaptability.
Like their versions of Always on My Mind and Where the Streets Have No Name, you forget about the incongruity pretty quickly: it now sounds like the Pet Shop Boys wrote it, but the song's emotional impact isn't diminished at all.
Thursday, meanwhile, not only features a gorgeous combination of squelching bass and drifting, misty clouds of synthesisers and the reliable source of joy that is Chris Lowe taking to the microphone in stone-faced, Lancashire-vowelled Paninaro style, but rapper Example, who you might have been forgiven for thinking was precisely the kind of pop star Ego Music took aim at.
With his calculating interview talk of "formulas" and "hitting every market" and his awful, self-regarding songs about how much cocaine he takes, he does give the impression of being quite the berk, but there's something striking about how his cocksure verse contrasts with the wistful neediness of Tennant's vocal.
Quite what provoked all this is a matter for debate. Tennant has talked about being struck by a negative iTunes review of Elysium that demanded "more banging and lasers", but it's also worth taking into account the presence of producer Stuart Price, who helmed Madonna's Confessions on a Dancefloor and is thus something of a past master at returning pop stars of a certain vintage to clubland.
Whatever the reason, a band that sounded pretty weary eight months ago sound recharged and inspired.
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Electric is the twelfth studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on 14 July on the duo's own label, x2, through Kobalt. Electric is the twelfth studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on 14 July on the duo's own label, x2, through Kobalt Label Services. It is the duo's first album since their departure from Parlophone. ELECTRIC features nine tracks in total eight brand new Pet Shop Boys songs plus a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "The Last to Die." the result is as.