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Kings of Synthpop and Remixes Deliver Again

Vocal, the first official single off the stunning new PSB album Electric, is an ecstatic nostalgic dance floor celebration that evokes the emotion of club life. After almost 30 years of defining this genre, the Boys return to remind us that they can still push dance music forward. These mixes are all unique and all have a place in some club, somewhere. For the full effect, be sure to listen to Electric in its entirety and experience the 2013 cutting edge yet familiar sound of Pet Shop Boys.

A review of the reviews, indeed!!!

I am absolutely baffled by the negative reviews posted here. I was sad to think PSB's phenomenal (!) new album Electric was to be marred by the release of awful mixes (as described by reviews here). And yet even though I'm a long-time fan, I feel I have wits enough to explain why can these mixes are fantastic.

But a review of the reviews seems justified. Especially because others might be influenced by bizarre observations. Case in point: anybody claiming to have been a fan since 1981's "West End Girls" lacks all credibility (Tennant/Lowe met in August of '81 and Bobby O's WEG didn't see the light of day until '84, and Stephen Hague's WEG - the version we all know and love - wasn't out till late '85).

Moving on.

These mixes are too structurally sophisticated and inventively layered - each one - to sound as if they're the product of kids playing with drum machines.

Music at gay circuit parties is notorious for (yawn) lyric-less thump-thumping. The fact that the lyrics are kept completely intact (with the expected exceptions being the dubs) makes clear the remixers are listening to the lyric: "every track has a vocal."

There is a rhythmic motive that appears in each remix (and the original), but to say this makes all the mixes "sound the same" is like saying "Beethoven's 5th starts over too many times."

So here is why you will love these tracks:

Both Rektchordz mixes are wonderfully atmospheric and a motif hearkens Robin S's "Show Me Love." Armageddon Turk's is exciting and intense, and would do well in an action-paced video game. I especially like how the lyrics are integrated. Fresh and inventive. The Cucarachas mixes have sparse textures with three-note chords accompanied by the drum machine (the artistic use of that throwback favorite 80's electronic cowbell is flat out brilliant - not at all overstated). JRMX's remix is huge. Brighter tempo. Laser guns fire. Thick horizontal textures. Punctuated and severe vertical cadences Rhythm guitar a la JJ Belle. Imploding breakdowns answered with mammoth builds. And vice versa. And as in the other mixes, the lyric here drives the structure.

Amedeo's review is spot-on, I feel. And while none of these mixes will be known as the PSB's best (Trouser Enthusiasts "Red Letter Day," and "Somewhere," and The Disco Mix of "Left to My Own Devices," are personal favorites), they're far off indeed from being their worst (Liberation, You Only Tell Me..., or London, anybody?). These mixes are absolutely worthy of 5 stars. I have to say the JRMX is easily one of their best 10 mixes. In my top 5 for sure.

So these are my thoughts. I hope they are helpful. Those other reviews didn't help me at all!

Not the most exciting or best PSB mixes seemingly, but I need to hear more….

I don't understand why there are so many downers on this. One reviewer I understand because they seem to prefer the album track originals, and that's just a matter of preference.

For me, what's better than a PSB song than a PSB remix! Though there are some not as good as others. I think some of the remixes from 'Elysium' were really quite good. Also, I find it hard to get a complete perspective on 1 minute snippets of 6 minute + tracks.

A delicious new album of fresh PSB material less than a year after their last, and their nascent release on their own label! Fantastic! Could Disco 5 be around the corner?


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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