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Elysium

10 Sep 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2012 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Recor
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  • Total Length: 50:58
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  • ASIN: B008TO8Z1U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,691 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Nick Green on 24 Sep 2012
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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 By BorChab on 25 Dec 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Wilkinson VINE VOICE on 12 Sep 2012
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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 By Mr Kenneth A. Wilson on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Nesset on 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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