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Album Review

Nightlife is a loose concept album — more of a song cycle, really — about nightlife (naturally), a collection of moods and themes, from love to loneliness. In that sense, it's not that different from most Pet Shop Boys albums, and, musically, the album is very much of a piece with Very and Bilingual, which is to say that it relies more on craft than on innovation. Depending on your point of view, this may not be such a bad thing, since Pet Shop Boys specialize in subtle craft and masterful understatement. Such skills serve them well when they're essentially following familiar musical territory, which they are on Nightlife. At its core, the record is very much like Very — a clever, skillful updating of classic disco, highlighted by small contemporary dance flourishes, and infused with a true sense of wit, sophistication, and intelligence. Pet Shop Boys do this music better than anyone else ever has, and they're at the top of their form here, but it's hard to shake the initial impression that they've done this before. Each individual song works beautifully, from the wistfully dejected "I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More" to the exhilarating Village People homage "New York City Boy," but as a whole, Nightlife seems less than the sum of its parts. Repeated listens reveal the songs' charms, yet Nightlife coasts on its craft a bit too much, which makes it feel like one of their second-tier albums.

Customer Reviews

What I Love Most About The Duo

The Pet Shop Boys has always been a perfect choice of music when you're in a night club, walking or driving down in the city at dark, & almost anywhere you go at night. This album represented everything that they worked hard for. There's nothing like listening to dance-club songs like the Pet Shop Boys and 1999 was a great year to release this album. I've been a long time fan of the Duo since age-5, thanks to my Dad introducing them to me, and haven't let go of these amazing artists. Long live the Pet Shop Boys

Whats the dirty version sound like ?

Great Music, What is the dirty version of this releases.

More Awesome tracks fromPSB!

As usual with PSB you have to be on your toes and don't buy the regular CD that comes out, because you know that there will be a bonus CD on its heels, I was fortunate enough to get the CD with bonus songs that are on the bonus CD. It took me a while to get into it, but after the first listen I was hooked of course. I love 'Radiophonic' and 'Vampires' a haunting tune about the children of the night; 'Footsteps' reminds me of an old soul ballad from back in the day; "New York City Boy' rocks but they made too, too many different versions of that song, but it does rock; the rest of the tracks are good as well with the classic PSB sound. Long live The Pet Shop Boys.


Formed: August, 1981 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Post-modern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and lushly romantic synth pop confections, Pet Shop Boys established themselves among the most commercially and critically successful groups of their era with cheeky, smart, and utterly danceable music. Always remaining one step ahead of their contemporaries, the British duo navigated the constantly shifting landscape of modern dance-pop with rare grace and intelligence, moving easily from disco to house to techno with their own distinctive...
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