ALBUM TITLE : SUPER
ARTIST : PET SHOP BOYS
GENRE : POP / DANCE / EDM
DATE RELEASED : 2016
More than 30 years with their musical career, you would have though that Pet Shop Boys would sound boring. Unfortunately, in this latest album, it might give some evidence that partially they have become boring indeed. While the album is quite tolerable because of the familiarity of the music, it is the familiarity that might create discomfort even to their most loyal fans.
Watch “The Pop Kids” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHyNTcKKy88
Some songs were quite a repeat of what they did and some songs sounded like remix version of other artists’ songs like “The Pop Kids” which you can actually sing it using the lyrics of “Waiting For Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez. “Pazzo” on the other hand is like their old song “In The Night” or just like a filler ditty from 90’s synth group Information Society.
Listen to the official audio here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2-c5ADJmdk
On the other hand, the whole album is also an indication that they can still hold on their own despite the proliferation of new EDM or synth group or artist. In “Inner Sanctum,” they created a sound that might be lifted straight out of 90’s electronica but flavored it with 80’s appeal, and drum program that sounded like a marching tune. It might not be tottaly unique still you can still imagine young people dancing to this tune in many rave bars around the world.
WAtch “Burn” and “UnderTow” mash up here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOXnwkj6FQw
The album has some fun with songs like “Undertow” which has all the elements of classic Pet Shop Boys dance track. In “Say It To Me,” you can mash up this track with “Rock The Boat” and give the latter song a new feel. Yes, this British synth band has managed to make their albums interesting by using the old wedding adage”something new, something old, and something borrowed.”
This is probably the beauty of their legacy as young people can still embrace their music without thinking that Pet Shops Boys is older than their parents. Perhaps one reasons is that Neil Tenant and his band partner are familiar with younger sets as they also did some remix sessions with current artists. With that I rate this record 2.5 stars out 5 stars.
Listen to an audio recording of “The Dictator Decides” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WddJVy4y-8
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it