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Album number twelve from the veteran synth pop pioneers Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant and first on their own label

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  1. 10.0 |   music OMH

    This is the most essential album Pet Shop Boys have made in 20 years
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  2. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Sounds like just the kind of thing to dance away your troubles to
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  3. 9.5 |   The Quietus

    Clever lyrics wrapped in music that reaches out to the world, like this stuff does... there's lots more in that vein on Electric
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  4. 9.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Feels least like an 1980s act refining what they’ve always done well, and most like an entity in forward motion
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  5. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s absurdly furious dance music, sounding more like Squarepusher than any sane person could ever have expected
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  6. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    The album soars by doing what the band has done best: almost entirely ignoring current trends in club music
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  7. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Now that the type of dance music the duo has dabbled in for decades is so fashionable, Pet Shop Boys have to innovate even more to stay ahead of the curve. With Electric, they prove once again they’re up to the task
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    While it entirely feels like a return to form, there's nothing quite like Electric in the Pet Shop Boys' back catalog, at least not on an album level
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Electric is not only Pet Shop Boys’ heartfelt valentine to electronic dance music but also a reclamation of their part in its history
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  10. 8.0 |   Spin

    Classic Pet Shop Boys
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  11. 8.0 |   State

    Pet Shop Boys may not be above the odd misguided couplet or meander but, as Electric proves on its rare missteps, even their forays into shallow waters yield considerable depth
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  12. 8.0 |   NME

    As an exercise in sounding totally, defiantly alive, it is a complete success
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  13. 8.0 |   DIY

    Still manage to pack more ideas in an album than many others do in a thirty year career
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  14. 8.0 |   Clash

    By the time it shreds itself in the final minute, it’s hard to believe the duo had ever seemed a little tired. They’re reborn, revitalised, and really rather good
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  15. 8.0 |   The 405

    Pet Shop Boys are back in the prime of life, and their sound is electrifying
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  16. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    They still tread the fine line between inspiration and irritation but, for the most part, this album is electric by name and nature
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  17. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    When Pet Shop Boys are as Pet Shop Boys should be, pop is as pop should be
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    After 30 years, many artists set themselves the tricky task of recalling past highlights without succumbing to auto-plagiarisn. With Electric, Pet Shop Boys have succeeded spectacularly. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Not so much resting on their laurels as wearing them out on the town. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Veterans christen new label by taking Springsteen to the disco. Print edition only

  21. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A band that sounded pretty weary eight months ago sound recharged and inspired
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  22. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Producer Stuart Price, who has previously worked his dancefloor magic on The Killers and Madonna, has surely not had to do much to give this duo some disco wallop
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  23. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Good-time grooves that will electrify the dancefloor
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  24. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Tennant and Chris Lowe hit far more often than they miss here; Electric is the most boisterous and lively Pet Shop Boys album since Very
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  25. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    Their most immediate, jubilant record in at least a decade-- a return to a couple of elements of their work that had been lying fallow for too long
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  26. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Age has not impaired Pet Shop Boys and the duo remains alive, proud, and for much of the time, electric
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  27. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The Pet Shop Boys have once again given themselves a lease on another era
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  28. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A pulse-quickening, mind-tickling dance LP 27 years after their debut? This duo did much more than get lucky
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  29. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Electric makes a bold claim: that a certain strain of tuneful hedonism has no compulsory retirement age
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  30. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    If Elysium was the reflective comedown, Electric is the flashback to the party which preceded
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  31. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Their pop chart days may be well behind them, but Electric should keep PSB on the dancefloor setlist for the foreseeable future
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  32. 6.0 |   Time Out

    Undeniably sounds like it was an absolute hoot for Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe and producer Stuart Price to make
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  33. 2.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The art is the only reason to buy the album, because god knows there is none in the music. When I say none, I don’t mean little, or scant, available on repeated exposure. I mean none
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