COMPILATION DOUBLE ALBUM PARLOPHONE,
CAPITOL RELEASE: NOVEMBER 26, 2003 REVIEW: DECEMBER
rate this album is a bit difficult for me. Pet Shop Boys were my first
musical obsession, and it all started when I bought the 12” maxi
single of “Rent” back in 1987. This fantastic song got me
hooked for good, and I started collecting their music.
Listening to “PopArt” is a trip down memory lane, because
it has been a while now since I last really cared about Pet Shop Boys.
I kind of lost my interest around “Bilingual”, even though
I still got most of the different versions of singles and albums they
have put out after that. This is why I’m so glad that the two new
songs are strong. Admittedly, “Miracles” is a bit run-of-the-mill,
but “Flamboyant” is one of the best tracks Neil and Chris
have produced in several years.
Now, how to rate this compilation? The lads have already released a collection
of singles called “Discography” but all of the songs that’s
on there are available here too, with the addition of several newer tracks,
everything spread over two CD:s. It’s a one-stop-shop for the aspiring
Pet Shop Boys fan, and the two new songs adds value for the long time
fans as well. And no doubt about it, this is absolutely fabulous electronic
pop music, with intelligence, wit and integrity seldom seen nowadays.
It really doesn’t get much better than this in my opinion. It’s
much better value for money than “Discography” and if you
get hold of the special edition 3-disc edition, you get some darn good
classic remixes as well.