ALBUM EMI RELEASE: FEBRUARY
3, 2003 REVIEW: FEBRUARY 5, 2003
don't know exactly what it was that made me like last year's album "Release".
I really shouldn't have. A qualified guess though: the songs! The very
essence of Pet Shop Boys never went away with their change in sound. And
as all of you probably know, it was a fluke, a one time thing. Neil and
Chris felt a need to experiment and I cant' say I blame them. The dynamic
duo may have overdone the whole guitar pop thing just a tad, but that
only makes "Disco 3" all the more sweet.
One part remix album and one part kick-ass-new-dance tracks album, this
is a journey through realms of synthpop, techno and club ventures. "Time
on My Hands" is pure experimental eighties electropop bliss with
both Lowe and Tennant on vocals. "Positive Role Model", from
their very own musical "Closer to Heaven", captures the grandeur,
pompous disco vein of the band. Still, the excellence of these tracks
cannot surpass the stripped electronic coolness of "If Looks Could
Kill" or the classically built "Somebody Else's Business",
the perfect PSB dance track. These four new (some of them are developed
embryos from the eighties) songs plus the Bobby Orlando piece "Try
It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)" are overwhelmingly impressive
But there' more! We are treated to some great remixes too, one of which
is an alternative version of one of the "Release" highlights,
"Here". On "Disco 3" it gets the serious club treatment
and it works so well my jaw dropped upon hearing it. "London",
another "Release" gem, is available in two versions, one laid
back piano take to end the album and the electroclash remix by Felix Da
Housecat. The bland, somewhat redundant remix of "Sexy Northerner"
only serves as the exception to the Pet Shop Boys-rules rule. Pet Heads
and dance pop fans alike, unite, for it's time to party!