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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Fundamental Breakdown

Fundamental, the new Pet Shop Boys album, has entered the UK album chart at #5. After listening for a week now, here's a general assessment:


SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE OPENING TRACK AND NOT RELEGATED TO THE REMIX DISC: "Fugitive"

OPENING TRACK THAT AIN'T HALF BAD AFTER ABOUT SIX PLAYS: "Psychological"

BEST PSB BALLAD EVER: "I Made My Excuses And Left"

SO OVER IT BY THE TIME THE ALBUM CAME OUT BUT NOW SOUNDS GOOD AGAIN COMPARED TO THE Z-GRADE RADIO RIP: "I'm With Stupid"

MOST EMOTIONAL PSB SONG NOT WRITTEN BY PSBs EVER: "Numb"

WHAT SHOULD BE THE SECOND SINGLE: "Integral"

SECOND SINGLE: "Minimal"

PROBABLY THE MOST SUBTLY GREAT POLITICAL SONG ON HERE THAT ALSO DOUBLES AS AN AWESOME DRIVING TUNE: "Twentieth Century"

NOT BAD FOR BALLADS: "Luna Park," "Casanova In Hell"

PRETTY COOL FOR FILLER: "The Sodom And Gomorrah Show"

JOINS THE "DREAMING OF THE QUEEN"/COULD-DO-WITHOUT-IT CLUB (AND WHAT'S WITH THE MADGE-ESQUE TITLE?): "Indefinite Leave To Remain"

WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT IF NOT FOR THE SO-SIX-YEARS-AGO TRANCEY EFFECTS: "In Private"

THE ONE YOU ALWAYS FORGET IS EVEN ON THERE BECAUSE IT'S A ONE-MINUTE INSTRUMENTAL TRACK: "God Willing"

Overall, it's not better than Very, but after time will be seen as being as good as it.

Listen to the special BBC Radio 2 concert the Boys did on May 8 here.

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7 Comments:

  • At 4:58 PM, Blogger mobius said…

    Thanks for the link to the BBC concert. I almost forgot that.

    Awesome performance and the guest performances were amazing.

    I'm not usually impressed by Robbie Williams's vocal performance, but his rendition of Jealousy is spectacular and gave me goose bumps. He totally captures the song with his slightly husky voice, which sounds pretty erotic to me. Sigh...

    I'm not familiar with Rufus Wainwright's catalogue, but I really love his interpretation of Casanova In Hell, a song with lyrics that make me cringe a bit.

    I've seen Frances Barber live in Closer To Heaven twice and while she did a fine performance here, the recording doesn't really capture her enormous stage presence.

    BTW, you're so right about Integral and Fugitive. Fugitive should have definitely been the opener - I still don't like Psychological.

    I'm surprised you regard TSAGS a filler. I rate this as single material. Have you heard the demo version? Trevor Horn has de-camped the original version.

     
  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Aww D'luv wait till you see my comments! I wrote them yesterday but have not posted them - we agree on much, esp "Fugitive" which IS the first song on my iTunes playlist version. We also agree that "Twentieth Century" which PJ found lame, is quite good. AND we agree on "Stupid" not being all that.

    I DO however LOVE LOVE LOVE "S&G" and think it is a standout track. As you may have seen on my blog, I just like the idea behind the song, of the quiet one cutting loose. After all, one man's sodomy is another man's transcendancy...

     
  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    i read today that neil tennant has contributed two tracks to robbie williams next album due out in august (see my comments on post above this one for robbies latest chart position) and after hearing him sing jealousy i must say I CAN'T WAIT! Let's just say i think that Robbie needs their help...

    I have listened to the remix album a lot more than i have listened to the actual Fundamental cd so far, but the week is young and my ears are willing so i will get back to you.... (ta for the hug ;) )

     
  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger MrBrady said…

    Is that Robbie's "secret" pop/dance album that Neil's contributing to? I thought Robbie was putting it out under a pseudonym.

    "No Regrets" is the only decent Robbie Williams single to have every existed, so let's hope that again there is more Neil than Robbie apparent in the new tracks.

     
  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Careful, Brady. You're getting dangerously close to making positive comments about a Pet Shop Boy.

    I do like SAGS, but haven't heard the demo version of that or I'm With Stupid :( I didn't mean "filler" per se, just that it probably has no liklihood of being released as a single...

    I really like "Fugitive," but will have to actually take a good listen to the remix album... Haven't gotten through it yet.

     
  • At 8:32 AM, Blogger MrBrady said…

    Oh I'm no PSBs hata, they just tend to be a bit of a five-minute wonder with me, much like Texas.

    I've said on other forums that I like "I'm With Stupid" (and I bought the single), and I even nipped out and bought "Pop Art" on Saturday. I didn't get "Fundamental" though - as D'Luv will know, I'm not big on albums. I discovered the last copy of the double "Fundamental" CD in Virgin on Oxford Street and was debating the purchase in my head when a very camp bloke came up to me and literally begged me for it. Naturally I had to hand it over - I thought he was going to kiss me but fortunately he just minced over to the tillpoint.

    They played the whole CD at work endlessly last week and I wasn't taken with much of it - it didn't help that the track they spun the most was "Lunar Park", I suppose.

    I did buy "In Private" and "Fugitive" from iTunes though - and I like them both.

     
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