Will Preston

Pet Shop Boys – Love Etc. single

by on Mar.24, 2009, under Albums, Review

“Are they still going?” was the first thought that shouted inside my brain upon seeing the colourful CD cover. Being an appreciator of Eighties music, I felt ashamed at myself for not knowing about this new release. Returning to their roots in synthesiser driven pop, the new single doesn’t sound too different from a lot of acts today. “Goldfrapp” and “Empire of the Sun” both owe their electronic sound to bands from the eighties like the “Pet Shop Boys”.

In a way, it’s nice to observe this full circle that see’s them coming back into the mainstream, almost as if their seats are still warm. In terms of the songs atmosphere, you could bludgeon a wall with it. It’s just so thick. The cosmic sounding melody echoes through your mind, accompanied by swaying synthesised strings. There’s a lot of musical hypnotising with many things going on in the background. The robotic beat keeping this delightful chaos in order, of course. The smooth vocals suit the music as a seductive tour guide through this wonder, with occasional chanting in the background.

Whilst keeping the retro eighties sound, the song retains certain modern production values that would easily appeal to today’s audience. A great start to what will be a successful comeback.

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