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|Pet Shop Boys - Release (CD Album)
"Release" marks a significant
departure from earlier Pet Shop Boys (PSB) releases in that it's almost an
acoustic / rock album. Gone are the madly syncopated synth riffs that have
made other PSB club floor hits, replaced by contemplative guitar solos and
pensive compositions. Upon my first listen, I'll admit I was a little
disappointed. Admittedly I am a huge PSB fans and
|First thing you will notice is
the lack of any clear lead singles (like New York City Boy) that could
propel them to the top of the charts. That's not to say that there won't be
any singles, as a matter of fact the first is "Home And Dry" with club ready
remixes (including one by Peter Rauhofer). The second track on the album "I
Get Along" is another clear candidate for the remix treatment with it's
Beatleseque treatment. It will be interesting to hear the plethora of
remixes that usually accompany a PSB album. Track #4 "London" has a very
nice instrumentation, while track #9 "Here" is a classic boy meets boy love
pop single that sounds like it could have come off of an earlier album. One
of the catchiest tracks is #5 "Email" which chronicles an
In the end, there is a lot of great new material here, it's just presented a little differently. I give them a lot credit for doing things a new way. With an album name of "Release" you have to wonder if this is the kind of album that the boys have been longing to make? So what is the bottom line? If you're a hard cord PSB's fan, you should add this to your collection, if you're looking for hard core dance, you're not going to find it. There is a limited edition 2 CD set available with the second disk containing some additional songs and a remix or two so perhaps that's the route to go? Either way, I look forward to what these guys have up their sleeves next. "Release" is released through Sanctuary Records and is distributed through BMG- so it is available everywhere. Check it out.
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