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  • Audio CD (1 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000062X76
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Home And Dry
2. I Get Along
3. Birthday Boy
4. London
5. E-Mail
6. The Samurai In Autumn
7. Love Is A Catastrophe
8. Here
9. The Night I Fell In Love
10. You Choose

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BBC Review

It's no surprise that men comfortably in their 40's haven't created another hi-energy stomping dance-athon or mega-pop album. After a career spanning 18 years the Pet Shop Boys have decided to try something a bit different.

Out with the big production, dancey sounds and mid song theatrical melodrama of tracks like "Go West" and "New York City Boy", in with a more guitar based songwriting and melancholic, mature sound.

Release starts off quite solidly with recent single "Home and Dry" and the sing-along, lighter waving in the air, end-of-the night song "I'll Get Along" but then takes a terrible turn at "Birthday Boy". Strangely inspired by Michael Owen's birthday and Jesus, the track is a wishy-washy ballad with dodgy guitar solo (albeit from top former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr) and bleak and moody soundscape which borders on uncomfortable listening.

"Tell it like it is," Neil Tennant emplores on the next track "London". OK then, it's another gawd awful song. One of the joys of the Pet Shop Boys was their wit and ironic sense of humour but this is sadly missing on much of Release. What was once often fun and entertaining has been replaced with sober tales of woe and heartache, which is fine& if you want to be left feeling depressed!

There are a few breaths of fresh air on the album though - "The Samurai In Autumn" is a great track (primarily thanks to it's lack of many lyrics offers a break of Neil's voice for a little while) where the band venture briefly back into chilled, yet euphoric dance production. "The Night I Fell in Love", with it's tongue in cheek lyrics about a boy fan's one night stand with Eminem, also raises a brief smile but not enough to forget the remainder of the album's sins.

With an established career spanning so long, taking such a change of direction and become an ageing rock band is bound to be a gamble but this is one that failed to pay off. Bland and uninspiring - file it under, 'music your parents might like'. --Jacqueline Hodges

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MacKenzie Stewart on 13 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
I recently ordered this album from Amazon UK, because I didn't want to wait for the US release. I have been a PSB fan for nearly 20 years and I love it! The album as a whole is a nice mixture of the old and new, acoustic and electronic. Not many pre-packaged dance hits here, although there are some potential chart climbers. The album includes Home and dry and Here, both poppy, sentimental odes to the love and safety of "home". Other tracks explore love, security, and hope. All of the tracks sound more mature both lyrically and musically. Could it be the Pet Shop Boys are growing up? Considering their reputation as dance floor, techno-pop icons, this album is truly a "Release".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
i bought this album when it first came out, gave it a listen and then put it away for a couple of years.

then, last weekend, i was sitting at my computer, messengering people and having a quiet drink, and i put 'release' on as a random thought.

i was amazed! why had i given it the elbow all that time ago? it's actually a very, very good album. highlights include the cheerful 'home and dry', the downbeat 'email', the upbeat 'the samurai in autumn' and my own personal favourite, 'love is a catastrophe' (which has the potential to reduce you to tears when you're feeling maudlin).

quite honestly, there isn't a duff track on the album. on first listening it isn't an instant or obvious hit, but like the best albums it certainly grows on you. only four stars because i consider 'very' and 'introspective' to be psb's magnum opus.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Robertson on 7 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
These are strange times for Pet Shop Boys. Since the success of their No.1 album "Very", PSBs have seen sales figures decline and top-10 hits hard to come by. This decline in no way reflects the quality of music they have produced over this last decade, and with "Release", their first album of the new millenium and eighth to date, they prove that they are still a mighty force to be reckoned with. Release shows the PSBs taking their music in a direction far removed from the high energy of Nightlife and has more common with 1990's Behaviour, with 9 of the 10 tracks building around guitar played by ex-Smith and long-time PSB collaborater Johnny Marr. The album opens with lead-off single Home and Dry, and within the opening seconds the new direction is set. This is an album concerned with separation and loss, and this opener - reminisant of The Police's "Every Breath You Take" - concerns someone separated from their lover and longing for them to return "home and dry". "I Get Along", the arguable highlight of the set, deals with the feelings of someone whose broken up with their lover, "London" describes the adventure of two Russian's in a foreign land, while "E-mail" closes the first half of the album as a beautiful ballad returning to the themes of "Home and Dry". The second half begins with a more familiar PSBs sound with "The Samurai In Autumn", dealing with the theme of with being past the prime of life. The set moves through the bitter rock-ballad of "Love Is A Catastrophe" to the gorgeous "Here", and then to "The Night I Fell In Love". This song is classic PSBs, a story told in five minutes which is both funny and thought-provoking.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
What a fantastic album. Admittedly it was a shock to the nervous system, all those guitars. But it works!! After a few listens I was hooked.
Love is a catastrophe, what a sad song but very true - it sounds (to me) a little like rent.
E-mail is a personal song - the opening 3 chords sound like west end girls(Cmaj7,D7,E9).
My favourite on the album is You Choose, it has some very good lyrics 'you don't get drunk by accident you choose' my only criticism of the song is that it's not longer.
I get along - show Noel & Liam how to do it, it is very Beatles - esque
The Samurai in Autumn is based on a Japanese poem which is suppose you would compare with an Irish Lymeric. It only has a couple of lines 'It is not as easy as it was or as difficult as it could be for the Samurai in Autumn' I'm not sure if it does fit in with the rest of the album though as this is the only techno song on it.
It's a fantastic album, if your expecting techno wizardary then probably best to avoid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Will on 27 May 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's been a long time since I've really enjoyed a Pet Shop boys album. I grew up listening to them in the 80s after a friend lent me his 'Disco' album on cassette. I copied it and had it on loop for ages, before eventually buying my own copy along with 'Very' and 'Actually'. I have fond memories of listening to those albums on school trips and in the back on my parents car on my old Sony Walkman. Somehow the Pet Shop Boys bleak electronic pop sound will always be synonymous with the M11 motorway for me.

Later I bought 'Introspective', probably my most listened to of their albums, after that 'Behaviour' and then, well it petered out. Like all good bands you need to be inventive and experimental if you're to survive and during their 'Very' and Ibiza 'Bilingual' years and subsequent experiments the PSB never really had the same impact for me.

So why am I saying all this, well because here we are at the Pet Shop Boys 9th album and I feel I've been on the journey with them. Like all good PSB albums they seem to sneak out rather than arrive with a fan fair. I more or less stumbled upon this one completely by accident. However I'm so glad I did, everything has finally come full circle. Here we have a polished, clinical PSBs album that is every bit as refined as the first releases back in the 80s. It's not a rehash of their old music, it's like they've strayed from the path and finally come back on to terra firma and boy did we have to wait.

The Pet Shop Boys are never going to be a mainstream zeitgeist group as they were during their 'Very' days when every song came with a flamboyant video to be played on Top of the Pops, however considering I thought that 'Released' marked an end to their career this is truly a phoenix from the flames and leaves you wanting more. If this is their swan song, then it's a great place to leave it, if they decide to follow this album with more music it's going to have to be very good to compete.
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