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Elysium

Pet Shop Boys

Elysium

Veteran synth pop pioneers Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant release their 11th album

ADM rating[?]

6.1

Label
Parlophone
UK Release date
10/09/2012
US Release date
18/09/2012
  1. 8.0 |   BBC

    This 11th studio album could be the pop pair’s warmest and wisest yet
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's a return to their best. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    If Elysium has a weakness, it is the absolute absence of thumping disco-pop monsters
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  4. 7.0 |   Uncut

    The lush sound is mostly jacuzzi-warm and laidback sunny. Print edition only

  5. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Tennant covers a range of issues and targets, from a wistful view of the aging process on “Invisible” to a sardonic swipe at the me-generation of modern pop stars on “Ego Music”
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  6. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    On this 11th album the duo sounds defeated, resigned, a little exhausted
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  7. 6.0 |   NME

    A massive foamy middle-finger to retromania
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  8. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Just another solid Pet Shop Boys album
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  9. 6.0 |   Q

    Elysium is sonically vibrant, but suffers from patchy quaility control on the songs. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The music that they once pioneered they now parody
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  11. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Fortunately, they prove they can still flex their satirical pop muscles on a couple of arch numbers, particularly the eminently quotable Ego Music
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  12. 6.0 |   Prefix

    The duo’s patented Euro-disco sound remains in tact, but softened with a chiller after-glow
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  13. 6.0 |   music OMH

    The lasting impression remains one of an unruly middle child, difficult to love, but unmistakably bearing choice hallmarks of its older siblings
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  14. 5.4 |   Pitchfork

    They've settled into being elder statesmen of pop at a time when pop has little use for elder statesmen, and they're off-puttingly bitter about it
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  15. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Tennant can still talk the talk, but the pre-Pet Shop Boys, 1980s version of him would probably listen to an album like Elysium and…yawn
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  16. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    The problems largely lie with singer Neil Tennant, whose vocal lines often struggle to fit the songs
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  17. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Bookended by two of the best songs the Pet Shop Boys have written in years, but flags badly in between
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Pet Shop Boys: Elysium

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  • 1. Leaving N/A
  • 2. Invisible N/A
  • 3. Winner N/A
  • 4. Your early stuff N/A
  • 5. A face like that N/A
  • 6. Breathing space N/A
  • 7. Ego music N/A
  • 8. Hold on N/A
  • 9. Give it a go N/A
  • 10. Memory of the future N/A
  • 11. Everything means something N/A
  • 12. Requiem in denim and leopardskin N/A
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