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Another band playing it safe this year...,
This review is from: Yes (Audio CD)
Like a lot of people, I found "Yes' to be a lacklustre piece from the Boys. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the album - it's got accessible songs, some good lyrics and hooks, but where's the heart and the soul that made the albums Please, Actually and Behaviour so very different and pleasing? People say this album is like "Very" and they are right - the songs are not unlikeable, but they lack depth. I used to think "Very" was PSB's best album, but on rediscovery it really is quite a shallow piece of work. I think though, that it is here that the majority of casual PSB listeners base their opinion on their greatness, and therefore this is the point where the Boy's themselves continue to work their new material from in the mistaken belief that it will rekindle those good old days.
Instead they should be going back to their roots of analogue machines and pushing the boundaries there. It would make an exciting and interesting challenge for them, and I think would reap some awesome results.
This year was supposed to be their big comeback year, and it hasn't happened due to some sloppy errors and marketing by their management and EMI. Not their fault, but the album doesn't stand up to the hype either, so they are equally to blame.
Other bands this year with similarly "safe" albums are Lightning Seeds "Four Winds" and Way Out West "We Love Machine". Why are all these well established bands playing it safe? I am a hardcore fan of PSB's and this is really disappointing...and I don't think Xenomania's involvement did them any favours at all. They could have produced this on their own much better. Disappointing, hard as it is for me to admit!
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2009 11:52:44 BDT
Mr. Mark R. Nolan says:
I love Pet Shop Boys and have done since I was 15 (I am now 38!) but I have to say that this is a very truthful account of the album and the position. It's not a particularly good review of the album and therefore probably not helpful to many prospective "Yes" buyers but it is completely right in terms of where they should be going. I know the Boys often like to be contrary to the general consensus but doesn't explain all sins (pun weak but incidental.)
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2013 19:44:10 BDT
Mr James Agg says:
i think a a psb fan since 1985 this is a very very good review and i know where she is coming from and i know she will love electric, yes is productively a lazy piece of work for the psb, Love etc, King of rome and the way it used to be are first class AAA psb songs the rest are lazy lazy lazy for psb standards crap
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