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Pet Shop Boys

Super

Thirteenth studio album from the English synthpop duo, produced by Stuart Price (Madonna, The Killers, New Order)

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
X2
UK Release date
01/04/2016
US Release date
01/04/2016
  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Thirty years since "West End Girls" launched their career, Pet Shop Boys are back with a thrilling new album produced by Stuart Price, SUPER
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  2. 8.0 |   State

    This is Pet Shop Boys’ love letter to themselves, and there’s a lot here to love
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    A rich vein of form continues for the pop-dance veterans. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Even as they enter a fourth decade their music has an awful lot to say, and is finding increasingly enjoyable ways of saying it
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  5. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Super is a very good record that’s as varied and inspired as they’ve ever been. For a band that sounded so tired in 2012, their continued rejuvenation is welcome
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    Frequent, frantic builds and drops, whooshes and exultant crescendos abound throughout
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Neil Tennant still sounds simultaneously wry and mournful and Chris Lowe’s euphoric surges still tickle both heart and body. They are indestructible
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    They remain, now and forever, the pop kids
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  9. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This is Pet Shop Boys stock-in-trade, a thirty-year nod towards the ultimate absurdity of life, and how persistent vibe maintenance can steer you through the course and keep your world ticking over
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    Pet Shop Boys’ innate love of pop endures
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  11. 7.0 |   Spin

    Although the Pet Shop Boys flirt with the generic (and on rare missteps like “Undertow” achieve it), they still understand the allure of power — or, rather, the allure of projecting power
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The dance tracks blend into one, but any album judged against such a magnificent back catalogue as the Pet Shop Boys' has much to live up to
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  13. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A reminder that PSBs remain a lively genre of their own creation. Print edition only

  14. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Finds the Pet Shop Boys maintaining their trademark melodies and throbbing dance anthems, while exhibiting consistency that's made them such a force for the past three decades
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  15. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Super's best songs cleverly subvert the expectations set up by the joyous music
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  16. 7.0 |   Beardfood

    They’re dancing and singing as if nobody is looking, and we’re right alongside
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  17. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    The Pet Shop Boys have persisted long enough that their return to club music feels calmly liberated, without any grasping for pop hits
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  18. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s remarkable how enjoyable the LP is given how completely out of step with relevance it sounds
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  19. 6.0 |   Mojo

    All through this listenable, though frankly inconsequential album, PSB are stuck on a sound. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Maybe an act who have essentially not changed their modus operandi for their entire career just want to do something wild and new
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A 21st-century approach is useful here – park the nostalgia and just download the best bits
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  22. 6.0 |   The FT

    Moments of disco autopilot such as “Groovy” ensure it is not quite as sprightly as its predecessor, but the best tracks are fascinating exercises in dance-pop ambiguity
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  23. 6.0 |   NOW

    The album is full of the group's signature dreamy arpeggios, massive drum rolls, epic builds and breaks - expertly produced with Stuart Price
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  24. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    There's nothing different on their latest, but the electropop duo still somehow sound fresh
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  25. 5.5 |   Under The Radar

    All in all, it makes for a record whose potential to be exceptional is all-too frustrating
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  26. 5.0 |   The Music

    The Boys still know how to party, but Super leaves one craving substance
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