Super Press Reviews

For general discussion of Pet Shop Boys topics.
Post Reply
Message
Author
User avatar
Drico One
Posts: 5485
Joined: Tue 16 Sep 2003, 8:56 pm
Contact:

Super Press Reviews

#1 Post by Drico One » Sun 13 Mar 2016, 5:56 pm

As per the handy review thread we put together for Electric three years ago, here is a consolidated collection of press reviews of the new album, Super. I'll add further links and reviews as I find them. We'll also add "Fan Reviews" if people want a handy collection of links to the in-depth reviews of fans on the forum.

English Language Reviews:

Q - 4/5 "A rich vein of form continues"
Classic Pop - 4/5 "A complete triumph"
Mojo - 3/5 "Listenable, though inconsequential"
Uncut - 7/10 "A reminder that they remain a lively genre of their own creation"
The Sun - 4/5
Gay Times - 4/5
Slant Magazine - 3.5/5 "They never fail to call it like it is"
Slug Magazine - Rave Review "Super succeeds in the joie de vivre department and then some"
Consequence of Sound - C+ "There's nothing different on their latest, but the electropop duo still somehow sound fresh"
The Arts Desk - 3/5 "Still capable of heartbreaking beauty among the layers of inscrutability"
The Daily Mail - 4/5 "Pop veterans still cutting it"
The Guardian - 4/5 "A celebration of camaraderie through music"
The Boston Globe - "Flows together like a night at a club"
The Sydney Morning Herald - 4/5 "The most banger-filled thing they have done"
The Times - 4/5 "As celebratory as it is detached"
MusicOMH - 4/5 "Their music has an awful lot to say, and is finding increasingly enjoyable ways of saying it"
The Evening Standard - 4/5 "Indestructible"
DIY - 4/5 "Confirmation of their position at the head of the pop pantheon"
Idolator - 4/5 "Several new Pet Shop Boys instant-classics are lying in wait"
The Daily Telegraph - 3/5 "A continuation of the party"
Mixmag - 9/10 "Irresistible once again"
Toronto Sun - 4/5 "More than the sum of its parts"
The Yorkshire Times - 3/5 "Aimed at the feet rather than the head"
Metro Weekly - 4/5 "Superb"
The Scotsman - 3/5 "Club-friendly, but elegant with it"
All Music - 4/5 "A swaggering epilogue"
Drowned in Sound - 8/10 "They have no right to be as addictive or as fresh as this"
ABC News - 3.5/5 "An unapologetic club record"
Pitchfork - 6.9/10 "They recall their own past with trademark arch wit"
Rolling Stone (Australia) - 3.5/4 "A confident love letter to hedonism"
The Big Issue - 4/5 "Bigger, louder, and even more, well, Electric"
Buzz - 5/5 "Awesome and amazing"
Pop Matters - 9/10 "A spellbinding ride"
Examiner.com - 4/5 "Filled with intricate layers of beauty"
The Observer - 3/5 "Makes you nostalgic for days when erudition in pop wasn't so rare"
Attitude - 8/10 "A vibrant, bewildering love-letter to the dancefloor"
The Financial Times - 3/5


International Reviews:

Musik Express (Germany) - 4.5/6
Plattentests (Germany) - 7/10
Rolling Stone (Germany) 4.5/5
Spiegel Online (Germany) - 7.5/10
Rockol (Italy) - 3.5/5
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) - 3/5
Jenesaispop (Spain) - 8/10
Rolling Stone (Italy) - 4/5
Laut.de (Germany) - 4/5
Hamburger Abendblatt (Germany)
Die Welt (Germany)
Rolling Stone (Russia) - 5/5
De Volkskrant (Netherlands)
Spex (Germany)
Die Zeit (Germany)
Berliner Zeitung (Germany)
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)
Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany)
Gaffa (Norway) - 5/6
Gaffa (Denmark) - 4/6




Fan Reviews:

Tom Angel "They’re better suited acting their age"
CroMagnon "Good, not great"
Drico "An intoxicating and delirious record"
Drico - Track-by-track preview
glennjridge "Fantastic, with lots of variation"
Shopper "Their most lighthearted album"
Old Soak "An absolute triumph"
Ramzy "a striking disconnect between the bright, brash artwork and the sad world lit up by strobe lights"
The pale kid that hides in the attic behind his PC...

User avatar
Drico One
Posts: 5485
Joined: Tue 16 Sep 2003, 8:56 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#2 Post by Drico One » Mon 14 Mar 2016, 8:22 pm

Updated with the four-star Q review courtesy of Coufy.
The pale kid that hides in the attic behind his PC...

Tom Angel
Posts: 3154
Joined: Sat 04 Feb 2006, 3:09 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#3 Post by Tom Angel » Mon 14 Mar 2016, 10:20 pm

Hope to see mine for Line of Best Fit here at some point - I'm not reading any reviews until I've written my own.
in suits or sequins/or twin sets and pearls

whateverman42
Posts: 1025
Joined: Fri 17 Mar 2006, 7:34 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#4 Post by whateverman42 » Mon 14 Mar 2016, 11:15 pm

This thread is a good idea, very convenient. The effort is appreciated Drico.

User avatar
vincenzosz
Posts: 734
Joined: Thu 05 Mar 2009, 5:43 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#5 Post by vincenzosz » Tue 15 Mar 2016, 2:49 am

Thanks for putting this together.

User avatar
Henrik Powers
Posts: 567
Joined: Tue 26 Jul 2005, 8:36 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#6 Post by Henrik Powers » Tue 15 Mar 2016, 12:47 pm

Great thread... Thanks!

User avatar
tottenhammattspurs
Posts: 3181
Joined: Sat 04 Nov 2006, 6:17 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#7 Post by tottenhammattspurs » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 12:44 pm

Album of the month and four stars from Classic Pop Magazine
Attachments
image.jpeg
image.jpeg (1.43 MiB) Viewed 6124 times
is is and isnt isnt

User avatar
NikacP0kac
Posts: 1342
Joined: Fri 10 May 2013, 12:55 am
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#8 Post by NikacP0kac » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 1:08 pm

What if, just what if the Stuart Price trilogy was exploring all the eras they've existed in? So Electric the 00s and 10s (EDM), Super the 90s (house etc.) and the third album the 80s (classic four on the floor rhythms, what they do best).

I'd fu*king love that!
Have a look at my taste in music:
http://www.last.fm/user/NikacPokac

That’s the thing about negative energy, about hatred. It can be positive. It throws into relief all the things you know you like. It tells you, by elimination, what you’re about. Sometimes you can only define yourself by what you hate. Hatred becomes an inspiration; it makes you think, “What I’m doing now I totally believe in, and I don’t care what other people say.” Guided by hatred, you don’t have to follow the herd. - Neil Tennant

User avatar
ZiggyPSB
Posts: 2231
Joined: Tue 13 Mar 2007, 12:05 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#9 Post by ZiggyPSB » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 1:17 pm

And what nostalgic song would they write for that? The pop babies? The pop embryos? The pop glint in the truck driver and his mates eye? :dance:
This is a song about boys and girls. You hear it playing all over the world.
Image
http://www.last.fm/user/FFancy24
Dublin 19/06/2011, Manchester 20/06/2013, Edinburgh 31/12/2013, London 23/07/2014, London 23/07/2016, London 02/04/2017

User avatar
Lleonard Pler
Posts: 1170
Joined: Sat 01 Nov 2003, 10:50 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#10 Post by Lleonard Pler » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 3:12 pm

Thanks Tottenham, that sure was a positive review!

User avatar
Tenlow
Posts: 1127
Joined: Fri 31 Oct 2003, 2:52 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#11 Post by Tenlow » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 3:31 pm

Thanks for that :up:

"Sad Robot Wars" though :mrgreen:
http://www.facebook.com/MisterFDF

"The problem is PSB haven't released an impressive single since "Go West"." (nickname)

User avatar
daveid
Posts: 2559
Joined: Sat 11 Feb 2006, 9:38 am
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#12 Post by daveid » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 3:32 pm

That's a very promising review, particularly as it reaffirms what drico said about it not being immediately accessible but then burying itself in later. "Sad Robot Wars?"

User avatar
Tenlow
Posts: 1127
Joined: Fri 31 Oct 2003, 2:52 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#13 Post by Tenlow » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 3:35 pm

daveid wrote:"Sad Robot Wars?"

Apparently one of the titles in the review :wink:
http://www.facebook.com/MisterFDF

"The problem is PSB haven't released an impressive single since "Go West"." (nickname)

britboy
Posts: 285
Joined: Tue 13 Jun 2006, 1:16 pm
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#14 Post by britboy » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 3:37 pm

It's beginning to sound like that the critics are finding the new album "super(b)" !!! :)

jrusher12
Posts: 182
Joined: Tue 22 May 2012, 11:24 am
Contact:

Re: Super Press Reviews

#15 Post by jrusher12 » Wed 16 Mar 2016, 4:09 pm

Thanks so much for putting this together!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 12 guests