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Elysium [Double CD]

Pet Shop Boys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B008QDCZJ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Leaving
2. Invisible
3. Winner
4. Your Early Stuff
5. A Face Like That
6. Breathing space
7. Ego Music
8. Hold On
9. Give It a Go
10. Memory of the Future
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Disc: 2
1. Leaving Instrumental
2. Invisible Instrumental
3. Winner Instrumental
4. Your Early Stuff Instrumental
5. A Face Like That Instrumental
6. Breathing Space Instrumental
7. Ego Music Instrumental
8. Hold On Instrumental
9. Give It a Go Instrumental
10. Memory of the Future Instrumental
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Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe recorded Elysium in Los Angeles; the first time they have recorded an album in America. They co-produced the record with US producer Andrew Dawson, who has won three Grammys for his work on Kanye West’s albums. Elysium features twelve new songs which display a warm, deep electronic sound, and includes orchestral arrangements by Joachim Horsley, Andrew Dawson and Ben Leathers. Backing vocals are provided on many of the tracks by veteran singers Oren, Maxine and Julie Waters (whose long career spans sessions with The Jackson Five to Adele), and singer/songwriter James Fauntleroy. This deluxe edition includes a bonus CD with instrumentals of all the tracks.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never been closer to heaven 24 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've been trying to think of which Pet Shop Boys albums are better than this one. Maybe Behaviour; Very, possibly; Actually, Yes (and now I'm confused...). The point is, these guys make it so difficult to choose. But for almost any other pop band around today, you could easily say that Elysium would be their masterpiece.

A group that's been around as longs as PSBs simply has to be winding down by now, trading on former glories - but Elysium sounds almost like a band that's just getting started. I say almost, because while a debut album might sound as fresh and original as this one, it could never have such a complex depth of character (and if that makes it sound like a fine wine, then, good).

I won't do a song-by-song breakdown, as I think one of the most remarkable things about this album is the way it flows together, both sonically and thematically. It's hard to say exactly how this happens, as there are no actual segues and all the songs sound very different from each other; the closest I can get to it is that many songs seem to `trigger' the next. A good example of this is `Your Early Stuff' (title speaks for itself) which kicks into `A Face Like That', a floor-shaking nod to their disco roots with a synth hook marginally smaller than The Shard. Within the songs too, the production is their smoothest ever, positively shimmering with ethereal sounds, and Neil Tennant's voice has never sounded better, or more expressive.

Even songs that I didn't like initially have won me over - `Winner' being the biggest case in point. At first hearing I assumed (as perhaps many have) it was a glib Olympics bandwagon number; but I couldn't have been more wrong.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pet Shop Boys-Elysium 25 Dec 2012
By BorChab
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I'm not one of those people who thinks that the Pet Shop Boys' fantastic early output is all there is to them. I find that their career has been one of the most consistently rewarding in modern pop, with plenty of winsome moments in each phase. I say this because a lot of reviews here tend to give Elysium a hard time because it "can't hold a candle to *insert preferred Pet Shop Boys album here*", or something like that. While the Boys' latest offering isn't up there with what I consider to be their best work (Behaviour, Very, Fundamental), it is nevertheless a welcome addition to their catalogue, as accomplished and rewarding an album as any of the ones that preceded it, granted, of course, you're open to what it has to offer.

Neil Tennant has said that he considers Elysium "the Pet Shop Boys' most beautiful album", and indeed, there's a very luxurious, serene quality to a lot of the songs here. The arrangements are more sparse and roomy than, say, the ones on their previous record (the much more typically poppy Yes) and the songs here have much more, well, "Breathing space" so to speak. The leisurely tempo and relative absence of bright flashes of colour mean that a lot of the songs tend to lump together upon the first few listens. Indeed, the only one that stands out right off the bat is "A face like that", tense and busy not unlike their 80's work (those who like their PSB anthemic and dancey, be warned: this is the only song here paced to quicken your pulse). But, each repeated listen is rewarded as the pasty facade of the songs peels away, revealing the subtle production touches and an unexpected warmth that comes with the subdued production choices. Tennant is in fine voice throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a hard-case CD 17 Sep 2013
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A little disappointed to receive the CD as a soft card folder and not the usual hard plastic case.
No mention of this on the webpage.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best. 12 Sep 2012
By P. Wilkinson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Johnny come lately to Pet Shop Boys. I really only started buying their albums from 'Release' which came out in 2002 and completely changed my mind about them. I'd just thought of them as a great pop singles band. Since then I've been a big fan of all their subsequent albums and many of the earlier ones. I'm not a fan of dance music but I am a huge devotee of perfect pop and the last decade of perfect pop has been ruled by PSB in my opinion.

I was excited about the new album but I'm slightly disappointed now I have it. It's a real hit and miss affair and while it has one of their best ever tracks in 'Invisible' it also has one of their worst in 'Give It A Go' and really 'Winner' doesn't stand repeated listening. They seem a bit short of ideas sadly.

'Yes' is the best album in my opinion if perfect pop is your bag. This album has some lovely moments and a warm sound but it'd make a better E.P. I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 26 Feb 2014
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I liked this one right away and had it on repeat play in the car for a few days. It has grown on me continually. Recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Review 24 Feb 2014
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As a Pet Shop Boys fan I was very disappointed with the content of this cd. What must be taken into account is that any review should not deter a purchaser as a it is up to the taste
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars May deserve more than one listen 3 Nov 2012
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Contrary to some suggestions here, this album may deserve more than one listen-through. You may avoid falling asleep, as I did the first time (and I'm not the only one it appears), and discover that there are quite a few melodic hooks here. But of course! The Pettos haven't lost their skill entirely, but on this album I keep asking myself: "what's the purpose?". Old themes are revisited (again), and I have generally no problem with that. Only here, I can't find any new angles to it. Rather, in "your early stuff" there's again the complaint about members of the audience who aren't updated on PSB's late stuff, and later in "Ego music" quote "it's all about you" - only I am uncertain of any self irony here. O' dear!!! Minus one star. Ego music also has Manhatten Transfer-like backing singers, which must be the worst I've heard on any PSB record. But that's me (I have every PSB record and then some, but that's all). They've had this thing about musicals for a long while now, and somehow it makes sense to walk all the way. Somewhere (pun!) they're on the edge on losing themselves AND sounding like a very poor musical number. But actually I appreciate the initiative on going over the pond (both for the musical thing, which I just assume, and otherwise), just for doing it. Plus one star for not stiffening into what worked yesterday. In principle. The result, however... After all the fine material on Yes just a few years ago, this came as a letdown.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best
Arguably the best PSB's album ever. Check out track 8. Wonderful CD and with the benefit of a 2nd CD with the instrumental only tracks that are equally bewitching.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. T. Rollinson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
There is not much to say apart from the person loved it and it was a great present for anyone
Published 3 months ago by foxmulder
4.0 out of 5 stars Songwriting as strong as most other PSB albums
Not as energetic as their dance CDs but some thoughtful and well produced songs, similar to Behaviour album in style.
Published 9 months ago by jaketheplumber
5.0 out of 5 stars great albums
terrific album with some lovely songs. definitely worth getting as it has a lot of replay value. my favourite song is requiem in denim and leopard skin.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Robert Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Pet Shop Boys Supreme.
Pet shop boys always good but this album is just great.cant think of anyway to praise it.One of the best yet.
Published 11 months ago by Leslie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best
Disappointing - good bouncy music but not what we expect from this group.
Nothing memorable about it - o k as background.
Published 11 months ago by Choirmistress
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another PSB hit
I have always liked them as they do something different when it comes to music. They never suprise me because they are pretty consistant when it comes to producing new albums. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Florence Nightingale
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
My partner loves the Pet Shop Boys, loves this, so nothing more to say! A good purchase and will get more of the same.
Published 11 months ago by Ian Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!
I am a PSB fan ever since they appeared. This is a very nice album but then again as I said I am one of their biggest fans and I can't be fair-minded. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Athena P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pet Shop Boys
Most of the songs are classic PSB style, with wisftul, philosophical lyrics, nice melodies and a dreamy, rich, production. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BreezeOnTheKeys
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