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Love this song but the single in itself isn't as great as the others
on 26 November 2013
First I want to say that I really love the song Thursday very much. It's very reminescent of West end girls : one of their first singles and I just love the sound the Pet Shop Boys use to have in the 80's. This brings back memories and it's very refreshing today to hear this song.
But when you're a fan you buy the singles for other things than the main song (and the Pet Shop Boys know that and have played with that for a very long time now). So usually when you buy a Pet Shop Boys single, you buy it, not for the main song but the (often) unavailable b-sides or extra-tracks that won't be found on a PSB album for a decade at least (since now they release b-sides or extra-tracks album compilations every 10 years or so).
And this is what disappointed me here. The 2 extra-tracks here are very weak and No more ballads even has very embarassing lyrics. Especially when you're used to Neil Tennant's astute and sarcastic lyrics (well most of the time but certainly not here). Even the single version of Thursday has the original album version butchered to make room for Example's rap and still make it under 4 minutes.
So there really is not much to save in this single release. Yes, the song Thursday (in its album form) is very good and the glossy cover is always a nice touch but the songs and remix in here are really forgettable. It's maybe time for the boys to make a break and come back in 3 years when a brand new album with fresh new and interresting material will be available. Personnally, I can't wait for that. But if you haven't bought this single already, you can forget about this one and buy the album instead.