Pet Shop Boys’ new album is ‘Super’ and it arrives with fanfare and expectation three years after their brilliant ‘Electric’ album. Find out what the music critics have to say of the latest efforts of the 1980s icons. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
They are icons of the 1980s, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the British electro pop and EDM pioneers known as Pet Shop boys. When we survey the music of that era so many of their songs stand out, not least, their international smash hits, ‘West End Girls’ as well as ‘It’s a Sin and ‘Jealousy.’
Now fast forwarding to the second decade of the new century, the duo still reigns, with a fan base that follows them still even as a new generation discovers them. Their most recent album was ‘Electric’ of 2013 which arrived to nearly universal critical acclaim. They backed it up with a successful ‘Electric Tour’ that took them all over the world.
Once again, for the thirteenth time, to be exact, we’ve been graced with a new album from the duo, produced by Stuart Price who also produced ‘Electric.’ The album has a disarmingly whimsical cover, with the neon Day-Glo colors we associate with the 1980s. There have, notably not been long gaps between albums. They have for the most part arrived within a short span of years but nonetheless, the album’s announcement back in January was with all the fanfare we might have expected from a group regrouping and reemerging from dormancy.
This time around, with ‘Super,’ Critics largely are applauding the duo for their longevity in the business and for remaining inventive. To say the least, they have not become a caricature of themselves, or become somewhat of an ongoing tribute to 30 years ago. Time has moved forward and so has the intrepid duo.
Here’s a roundup of what’s being said in the latest reviews.
“…..Their tongues are planted firmly in cheek throughout Super, starting with a witty pop-art cover so oversaturated and perfectly round that one suspects it can’t be serious, like a gaudy Jeff Koons sculpture. The music likewise doesn’t try to adhere to any standards of good taste: Opener “Happiness” is a genre mash-up that in less capable hands would be a corny mess, but here is positively infectious……” –Slant Magazine
“…The songs presented here don’t reflect any evolution of the group’s style, or sound, or even their approach to the medium. Rather, it almost comes off as if they are presenting the story of their entire existence as a dance pop band, from their subtle synthpop beginnings a la “West End Girls” up through 2013’s more straight up electro-dance maelstrom, Electric…..” –Consequence of Sound
“….The state-of-the-modern-world “Sad Robot World” could be silly but the combination of dead-straight delivery and luscious orchestration renders it sublime – and the same goes tenfold for album highlight “The Dictator Decides”. For the rest, there’s nothing terrible, though it feels quite arbitrarily constructed with a bit of filler…..” — The Arts Desk
Critics are applauding, that’s clear. Time will tell as to whether the music buying public and the loyal fans follow suit. You can see music videos, plus Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Super’ album cover art below!