Will Preston

Pet Shop Boys – Yes

by on Mar.29, 2009, under Albums, Music, Review

Pet Shop Boys - YesAnother return of an old group from the eighties, although they never really went. The new album “Yes” has brought the “Pet Shop Boys” back into the public eye, but nothing much has changed. In fact, it’s strangely familiar. The recent trends of popular music have turned a full circle back to the eighties, with bands like “Empire of the Sun” expressing the wonders of cheesy synthesisers and delicate vocals. Maybe it is the popularity of the retro eighties style that has opened the window for the “Pet Shop Boys” to climb through and take advantage of the current trend.

Anyway, back to the album. Despite being heavily synth based, “Yes” includes a good amount of variety. “King of Rome” has a delightful lounge jazz quality to it, “Beautiful People” sounds like a futuristic song from the sixties, with more disco orientated flavour provided by “Vulnerable” and “More Than a Dream”. It’s a hard album to hate, but even harder to love. Simplistic song writing combined with a mysterious atmosphere make this new effort a nice album to relax to, but it’s probably not the most exciting thing you’ll hear this year.

A perfect album for relaxing to this summer, Sunday drive or for use in an ironic Quentin Tarantino torture scene; only I can’t imagine anyone cutting their ears off during this album.

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