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#226 Post by Disco. »

Drico One wrote:Typical of the Financial Times to highlight the one song about greed. They must have seen themselves through that track's glassy facades and shiny window panes.

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Fantastic review in French newspaper Liberation:

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 17:11
Pet Shop Boys le plein de «super»
Le duo britannique revient avec une pop électronique décomplexée, inspirée par les sons des années 90.

«Combien de Pet Shop Boys faut-il pour changer une ampoule ? Deux. Un qui change l’ampoule, l’autre qui fait la gueule.» Bien qu’éculée, la blague «officielle» du duo britannique fait toujours son petit effet. Depuis 1981, le numéro de Neil Tennant et Chris Lowe (qui ne sourit jamais en public) ressemble à l’auguste et au clown blanc de la techno pop. Révérés en Allemagne et au Royaume-Uni, les Pet Shop Boys sont vaguement méprisés en France, où on ne leur a jamais accordé le même statut que New Order ou Depeche Mode, sans doute parce qu’ils cultivent trop ce goût si british du second degré et du détachement. Perpétuellement en équilibre instable, leur pop électronique flamboyante flirte régulièrement avec le mauvais goût pur et simple. Si l’alchimie de leurs productions réside dans ce cocktail entre chansons douces-amères et hymnes pour clubs stéroïdés, l’extraordinaire sens mélodique de Lowe et la plume de Tennant, l’un des plus brillants paroliers de la pop culture, font régulièrement mouche.

Douzième album studio, Super s’inscrit dans la droite ligne d’Electric, son prédécesseur bodybuildé qui embrassait la culture club à pleine bouche, tout en se rappelant que, dans les années 80 et 90, le duo était réputé pour la qualité de ses chansons électroniques (format couplet-refrain) aux textes brillants et à la mélancolie toujours présente. Super agit ainsi comme une passerelle entre le «vieux» Pet Shop Boys et le nouveau, prenant comme point de référence thématique et musical les années 90, époque de leur climax créatif (en particulier sur l’euphorique single The Pop Kids). On surprend çà et là des gimmicks qu’on n’avait pas entendus depuis vingt ans et des recyclages malins de sonorités venues de la house qui donnent au disque un sentiment global d’euphorie et d’hédonisme débridé. Décomplexé, nostalgique, enjoué, spirituel (on n’avait encore jamais dansé sur les états d’âme d’un dictateur, comme sur ce The Dictator Decides) et toujours vaguement triste en même temps, ce Super très réussi apporte une forte dose d’intelligence à la pop music. Ça fait du bien.

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Digital Journal - no rating, but extremely favourable review with a reference to this forum in the end of it ;).
http://www.digitaljournal.com/a-and-e/m ... cle/461734
"I think it’s an amazingly good album, I’ve got to be honest with you. It’s one of the albums I feel most proud of. But for people who don’t really know us, and have a sort of an idea about us, ‘Electric’ is more what the Pet Shop Boys are meant to be."
(Neil Tennant, speaking about "Elysium" on the eve of "Electric" release.)

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joncool5 wrote:
alig wrote:Can't believe NME haven't reviewed it yet, nor allmusic. What are they doing?
NME gave it 3/5 and about 2 lines of coverage, it was in steady decline for years but it's become a shocking paper since it went free

Shocking isn't the word, it is now full of adverts and half-wits. I understand as it's free they've got to get some revenue in but it isn't what it used to be, they give Zayn 4/5 maybe it really is that good but I won't be finding out. Here are those very few words of wisdom:
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The Rolling Stone in Italy gave PSB 4 stars (3 starts for "The Last Shadow Puppets)

http://www.rollingstone.it/recensioni/p ... oys-super/

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The Observer is less enthusiastic than The Guardian - 3/5:
Super’s first half euphorically lives up to the title, tossing out gem after gem, making you nostalgic for the days where erudition in pop wasn’t so rare.
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The second half loses momentum slightly. Songs such as Undertow and Say It to Me see Tennant and Lowe coasting on overfamiliar autopilot. A 21st-century approach is useful here – park the nostalgia and just download the best bits.
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/a ... oys-review
nickname wrote:The Rolling Stone in Italy gave PSB 4 stars (3 starts for "The Last Shadow Puppets)

http://www.rollingstone.it/recensioni/p ... oys-super/
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joncool5 wrote:
alig wrote:Can't believe NME haven't reviewed it yet, nor allmusic. What are they doing?
NME gave it 3/5 and about 2 lines of coverage, it was in steady decline for years but it's become a shocking paper since it went free

Shocking isn't the word, it is now full of adverts and half-wits. I understand as it's free they've got to get some revenue in but it isn't what it used to be, they give Zayn 4/5 maybe it really is that good but I won't be finding out. Here are those very few words of wisdom:
Who wrote the review in NME?
"I think it’s an amazingly good album, I’ve got to be honest with you. It’s one of the albums I feel most proud of. But for people who don’t really know us, and have a sort of an idea about us, ‘Electric’ is more what the Pet Shop Boys are meant to be."
(Neil Tennant, speaking about "Elysium" on the eve of "Electric" release.)

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The Observer review is by Kitty Empire who also gave Electric 3/5 when Alexis Petridis had given it 4/5 in The Guardian. Similarly this time, Dorian Lynskey gave it 4/5 in The Guardian.
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Drico One wrote:The Observer review is by Kitty Empire who also gave Electric 3/5 when Alexis Petridis had given it 4/5 in The Guardian. Similarly this time, Dorian Lynskey gave it 4/5 in The Guardian.
I'm surprised Kitty can lower herself to review Pet Shop Boys, after all she's quite a big deal. Luckily PJ Harvey has a new album out later this month for her to sink her teeth into.
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#234 Post by dynamobjornen »

In Sweden we have a website that collects the differnt reviews of new albums movies etc kritiker.se. Super gets an average 3,3 rating out of 5. Gathered from 9 reviews in different newspapers and music magazines.

http://kritiker.se/skivor/pet-shop-boys/super/
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joncool5 wrote:
Drico One wrote:The Observer review is by Kitty Empire who also gave Electric 3/5 when Alexis Petridis had given it 4/5 in The Guardian. Similarly this time, Dorian Lynskey gave it 4/5 in The Guardian.
I'm surprised Kitty can lower herself to review Pet Shop Boys, after all she's quite a big deal. Luckily PJ Harvey has a new album out later this month for her to sink her teeth into.
If you read her review of Electric and then her review of Super, the overarching theme is her irritation that they are still around. She's terribly put out by their continued survival.

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Drico One wrote:
joncool5 wrote:
Drico One wrote:The Observer review is by Kitty Empire who also gave Electric 3/5 when Alexis Petridis had given it 4/5 in The Guardian. Similarly this time, Dorian Lynskey gave it 4/5 in The Guardian.
I'm surprised Kitty can lower herself to review Pet Shop Boys, after all she's quite a big deal. Luckily PJ Harvey has a new album out later this month for her to sink her teeth into.
If you read her review of Electric and then her review of Super, the overarching theme is her irritation that they are still around. She's terribly put out by their continued survival.

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Haha. the Observer is the most annoyingly conceited newspaper anyway, but as you say PJ Harvey and Elbow is there in-house band.
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Drem wrote:Who wrote the review in NME?
It was written by one of: Rhian Daly, Alex Flood or Stuart Huggett not sure which as it's just listed as words by them down the side. If it's in order of review then possibly the last person listed. It is quite a positive review from them but it is extremely short for a band celebrating 30 years since their first album. Plus they give almost a full page to Babymetal?
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From London In Stereo, no score system but a good review:
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#238 Post by Tenlow »

Germany:

cdstarts.de 7/10 - "Recollection, Declaration of Love and Progress - all at once"

http://www.cdstarts.de/musikreview/1203 ... html#Danke
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"I think it’s an amazingly good album, I’ve got to be honest with you. It’s one of the albums I feel most proud of. But for people who don’t really know us, and have a sort of an idea about us, ‘Electric’ is more what the Pet Shop Boys are meant to be."
(Neil Tennant, speaking about "Elysium" on the eve of "Electric" release.)

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#240 Post by Andie »

That was a great review! I loved it as it pretty much described how I see Super.
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