ALBUM PARLOPHONE RELEASE: OCTOBER 11, 1999 REVIEW: OCTOBER 22, 1999
Iíve been a big fan of the Boys
since their debut, "Please" from 1986. Ten years later, 1996, saw the
release of "Bilingual" and the end of my Pet Shop Boys album
purchases. To be frank, I didnít think weíd be seeing more of the English duo,
until rumours started floating around last year. At least I didnít expect it to
be this good even if they did decide to release further material. The fresh
"Nightlife" is everything "Bilingual" wasnít. For starters,
the new album is much more traditional Pet Shop Boys sounding, more dance and
pop music. And thatís really where they achieve their best compositions.
third of "Nightlife" is magnificent. "For Your Own Good",
"Closer to Heaven" and the single track "I Donít Know What You
Want but I Canít Give it Any More" have to be some of the best tracks of
their career. So far. These tracks are also, together with dancy
"Radiophonic", the fast ones on the album and at the same time those
who catch your attention the first you hear it.
ballads and midtempo songs have a tendency to grow on you though, each time you
find something new in the multifolded music.
Only Tell Me You Love Me When Youíre Drunk" is not only a very long song
title, itís also one of the highlights of "Nightlife", where the
voice of Neil Tennant is the most dominant feature. Neilís voice is without
question one of the most charismatic and personal in the business today, nasal
or not. It fits the music, skillfully executed by Chris Lowe and the many guest
also a duet with Kylie Minogue called "In Denial", and itís actually
very good, possibly an upcoming single. The only track that strikes me as being
a bit boring is "Boy Strange", a guitar dominated thing with silly
lyrics and strange rhythms.
myself smiling almost the whole album through, and thatís always a sign of
satisfaction, at least when it comes down to me. Maybe itís because I was as
overwhelmed by "Nightlife" as I was disappointed with
But thereís no getting around that
this new twelve track Pet Shop Boys piece is almost as good as
"Very". And thatís damn good, folks.