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Elysium
Elysium
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Price: £7.79

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, fresh masterpiece, 19 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Elysium (Audio CD)
With so much to compare it to in the PSB back catalogue, comparisons to previous albums are inevitable, but I've found them all surprisingly unsatisfying. This is a unique, fresh album that stands up fully on its own merits. Firstly - Neil's voice has never sounded more beautiful - listen closely and it's softer, smoother, rounder, fuller - Andrew Dawson has made him sound better than ever here and it's a joy to listen to. Second - the soundscape is so gorgeously lush - each track sounding like it's been crafted and honed and finessed until it's perfect. Third - it's a wonderfully consistent album start to finish - which means it bears repeat listening in a way that I've not done on most earlier efforts where there's more 'variety'. It's an album to listen again and again - and it rewards you handsomely for it.


Grown-up Glamour
Grown-up Glamour
by Caroline Cox
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of wisdom wrapped in a fun practical package., 15 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Grown-up Glamour (Hardcover)
What a fantastic book. Intelligent but also hugely fun, practical without being patronising, interestingly historical but bang up-to-date. This is both an enjoyable read as well as an insightful and useful guide. Will be stocking up on these for girlfriends' gifts this Christmas.


Yes, etc
Yes, etc
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Price: £19.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop., 5 April 2009
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This review is from: Yes, etc (Audio CD)
Some reviews have suggested that while this is indeed PSB back on form, musically Yes doesn't break new ground. I disagree. After 10 studio albums and much more besides, there is an awesome back catalogue of material with which to compare these 11 new tracks, and some here are truly unlike anything we've heard before - which could only be described as innovation.

The Xenomania influence in Love etc, More than a Dream and The Way it Used to Be has resulted in lush new soundscapes, song structures and sentiments that you would just not hear from a purely Tennant/Lowe written/produced track - indisputably new musical territory that's a joy to get your head around.

Xenomania songwriting influence aside, take the epic All Over the World - yes, while they've mined chord changes from the classics before (Red Letter Day, Delusions of Grandeur), and sampled them too (I'm not Scared) - this still sounds completely fresh. Or Legacy, which musically suggests a Battleship Potemkin influence - again, not something we've heard on a studio album until now.

And for the rest - they've taken the essence of previous albums and distilled them here in irresistible shiny pop perfection - King of Rome (the wistful elegance of Behaviour), Did you see me coming and Pandemonium (the upbeat love-fest of Very), Beautiful People (the guitar influence of Release), Building a Wall (Fundamental's political agenda) and Vulnerable (Nightlife's brooding reflection).

What you get from Yes is the best of the Pet Shop Boys - everything that's good about their last 25 years of music, and something subtly new that you probably wouldn't have expected 25 years on. It's classic, it's innovative, it's perfect.
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Disco 4
Disco 4
Price: £23.88

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Argue with the Logic of Disco 4, 13 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Disco 4 (Audio CD)
It seems a number of PSB fans are decrying Disco 4 as a bastardisation of the Disco Series concept, in that this time round it's mostly a non-stop mix of club tracks they've done for other artists. Which is an odd sentiment really, given that Disco 2 is generally considered PSB's weakest release and Disco 3 was not non-stop remix at all but a tactical electro-comeback after the less than rapturous reception of Release. So, to be fair, the Disco concept is fair game, and this outing number 4 is certainly better than 2 and conceptually purer than 3. If there's an issue it should be that no big PSB fan will not own most if not all of this music already. But altogether here, in non-stop mix format, in true-to-form fabulous packaging, you have to acknowledge the impressive line-up of weighty legends Bowie, Madonna and Yoko Ono with the cool of The Killers, Atomizer and Rammstein. As is so often asked with PSB - who else in pop music could do this kind of thing?


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