Pet Shop Boys Release “Electric,” Filled with Time-warp Goodness
Following closely to their latest full release, Elysium (2012), Pet Shop Boys have returned with a new album, Electric. Pet Shop Boys has come back to remind every one of what made them such a powerful group in the first place.
The album is a dance-y, electronic and even (almost) techno styled with a serious time warp of goodness. Neil Tennant, vocalist, stresses the fact of having the tracks not following a traditional structure. He also enjoys how the record has, “a lot more space.” The duo started working on Electric before they finished their previous album Elysium. “We decided we would make a separate dance album,” Tennant told Billboard. Due to a comment they received, Pet Shop Boys really put a lot of high energy beats throughout.
“Axis” is the first track on the album and a perfect intro to the rest. It has a traditional 80s electric feel, with vocals that are sweet whispers of Tetris. It is as if it is a fast motorcycle ride through an 8-bit world on a Tron cycle.
As that ride comes to an end you reach a very exotic land of electric belly dancers. The iconic vocals of the duo come to life on “Bolshy” and the feel of wonderment and love flow from the track from measure to measure.
The next track, “Love is a Bourgeois Construct,” reminds you that love is sometimes nothing more than a fleeting dream or often short-lived. Only the PSB could make you feel good about a breakup with this upbeat mix.
As many have done before, the Boys slow down the record just a bit for the next track, “Fluorescent”. It is a quick break to either dry the tears from the recent heartbreak or to dry sweat from constant dancing. Either way the hold PSB have implemented from the beginning of the record has not moved at all.
“Inside a Dream” is the alarm clock that invades our dreams. As the time comes, the track brings everything back up to the dance record pace PSB set out to create. The smooth tones and vocals on this track brings the fast break to a viable end.
As the next tracks on the album take shape you really start to hear the iconic Pet Shop Boys sound. It isn’t until “Shouting in the Evening” does the record take an extremely high energy pace. The album is heavy on the dance and techno side where disappointment and troubles anyone could have vanish into the distant lasers, lights and fog that fill our favorite clubs.
Example lends his rap skills as well toward the end of the record on “Thursday,” and “Vocal” is a perfect ender for the record. This closing track will be the number 1 played track in clubs around the country from West Hollywood to The Village and around the world. This of course being that the duo is set to tour through Europe, Asia and North America according to Billboard.
We enjoyed “Vocal” when we got sent the song a few weeks ago. Now a video has been released and it does kind of reinforce our idea of the song harkening back to 80′s and 90′s gay clubs. Check it out below: The video was directed by Joost Vandeburg. He used old footage from [...]June 19, 2013
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