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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pet Shop Boys 'Elysium': My 'Instinct' Review

I'll be doing a much longer review of Pet Shop Boys' new LP Elysium shortly. For now, here's the one I wrote for the September issue of Instinct. (Click on the image to make it larger.)

Overall, I found the album to be not as immediately pop-filled or as catchy as efforts like 1993's Very and 2009's Yes, though I will point out that two songs on here have the "classic" Pet Shop Boys sound: "Face Like That" sounds like it could have appeared on Actually or (especially) Introspective or Behaviour, and it's the song that jumped out and stuck with me — and likely will with you — right off the bat.

The second of the two classic-sounding PSB tracks is "Memory Of The Future." Something about the synth-y horn featured in this one reminds me of "Rent" and "Can You Forgive Her" – plus, it's just a very melodic, well-structured pop song.

Another note: I did a road trip to Austin recently to visit a friend, and played Elysium about four times there and back. I'd liken it to Behaviour, in that it's mellow and moody, and takes a few listens to truly click. But when it finally does click, it becomes addictive.


  • At 5:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love the warm comic atmosphere it has. "Ego Music" is wonderfully strange.x

  • At 6:54 PM, Blogger bichdiva said…

    oHated the album and found it difficult to get through the first listen. Forced myself to take it on the road with me and by the 3rd listen started to enjoy it. Leaving is the albums one true masterpiece. Still in all, I'd only rate this album 5 out of 10.

  • At 1:25 PM, Blogger San Thomos said…

    Hi...Your post really got me thinking man..... an intelligent piece, I must say. Pet store Tucson


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