It starts off great with “Love Etc”, the first single. This is a classic PSB tune, perfect for both the radio and dance floor. I’m as always impressed by their ability to combine their quirky style while still being accessible to the masses. The album songs are great and I feel that they have taken the sounds of earlier work and placed it in a modern environment. This is pop music for grownups; looking forward while remembering the past.
There are few surprises, the pop formula is present as always, but they have skipped most of the disco beats. This is a plus in my book, I have never liked when they go all the way to the dance floor with songs like “Go West” or “New York City Boy”. No, do it with style instead, like on “Pandemonium” that we get here; disco while keeping it minimalistic. “The Way It Used to Be” is also a really strong track with a nice blend of beat and melancholy.
It’s nice to see that they are still trying to tweak and improve themselves, even if they are doing this with tiny steps and without big surprises. But hey, the quality is excellent and if you have enjoyed them before, you will enjoy this just as much.
Also, the album will be released in a limited double disc edition, “Yes, Pet Shop Boys etc.”, that will include a new song with guest vocals from Philip Oakey (The Human League). Could be a future classic, so don’t miss it.