Here's a review of the brand new album from famed duo Pet Shop Boys titled Elysium before its public release! Overall I loved it but knew I would when I got the call that it was being sent to me prior to its main drop. How could they go wrong. It's the PSB! Their fashions at the Olympics were fierce! They always impress me and my ears! Read my thoughts here and after you purchase it compare your review. Enjoy...
"Leaving" - One of the better tracks on Elysium. Or should I say one of my favorite spins on the new album. Mid-tempo and familiar. This is PSB at their best. Reminiscent of the incredible "Being Boring" from the mid90s. I really love this one! Groovy and smooth. It's a keeper!
"Invisible" - The first single that was released from the album. Remixes followed and I love them ALL. Especially this version. Gives me an Art of Noise feeling from their stunning "Moments in Love" smash. Makes me feel gorgeous when I hear it. Perfect for evening gown modeling music.
"Winner" - Perhaps my favorite track considering its competitive theme. Since I'm going through my paces towards becoming the first Mr. All American Gent 2013, the song tells my story. It could be my crowning music. We'll see. There's so many ballads I'd love to do. These words ring true to me today. LOVE THIS! Every lyric seems to be written for me with its sweeping hills of melody and the wave of chorus pounding the end. Simply fierce! Can't find something to compare this that PSB have already produced. One of a kind.
"Your Early Stuff" - Nice back-beat synths playing throughout this delicious groove. Neil Tennant's voice is so iconic that anything he does seems perfect and untouchable. Doesn't blow me away but I do enjoy it.
"Face Like That" - Up! Dance-inducing power and beats that bring out the Atlanta dance hall days from my memory archives - I'm digging this one. With a moment of Micro Chip League's "New York, New York"underneath it feels like a rocking anthem I've danced to many a night at The Armory circa 1988. This is Pet Shop Boys doing their thing and it's so good.
"Breathing Space" - Very nice. Love the lyrics and overall it's very well done. Didn't grab me and strum on my emotions terribly. Perhaps on a second listen.
"Ego" - Grab your go-go boots and jump in a gold cage. It has quite the swinger feeling to it. Lot's of spelling and a fierce rap from Mr. Tennant talking about magic happening in the penthouse later. Been there. Done that... Very kicky. And so fun. Keep this one!
"Hold On" - Choral Electronica. Is that a style of music? Another nice one. Didn't knock me out.
"Give it a Go" - Sweet and simple. Has a vintage feel to it almost seemingly out of the sixties.
"Memory of the Future" - Love the title. Enjoyed this one. Solid.
"Everything Means Something" - Unfortunately tracks later on the album often get lost in the mix. Either they don't stand out by not being placed first or they just float by. I like this one but it just floats by. I enjoy the chorus and driving drums. It actually grows on me as the song progresses.
"Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin" - OK, for the title! I can see this being played at a supper club. It's got that feeling to it. Nice swing and kick. Mid-tempo loveliness.
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