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