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The Coldplay cover should have been the a-side,
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In fact Coldplay have never sounded better than on the Pet Shop Boys' version of "Viva la Vida" - I can't work out whether it's meant to be a bit of a mickey-take or not, but it works very well. It's not unlike PSB's version of "Where the Streets Have No Name", but better - primarily because it's not as heavy on the irony.
As for the remainder of the EP, there's another cover version - a solid take on Madness's "My Girl" (though the second mix is surplus to requirements as it's not that much different); and a revised version of "All Over The World" which sounds better for its beefed-up orchestration although it was never, for me, one of the standouts from the last LP Yes.
The lead track, "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas", might have worked (or at least gone unnoticed) as a b-side, but hackneyed themes of there being nothing on the telly and families fighting at Christmas, coupled with uncharacteristically poor production (the sound is MP3 quality) really disappoint. Which is a shame because the Pet Shop Boys have what it takes to make a classic atmospheric Christmas record - but this is not it. It seriously makes me wonder if Neil and Chris hate Christmas so much that their way of articulating it was to release something on a par with late 80s autopilot Stock Aitken and Waterman.
My advice is - ignore the "a-side", the rest is top notch PSB material.