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#181 Post by bongsteve »

NikacP0kac wrote:Find me an album that's similar to PSB's Super and then I'll stop harrassing you lot for saying It could have been made by anyone. I dare you.
Not the entire album per se but clearly songs on it harken back to the house/dance sounds of the late 90's to early 2000's. I think that's intentional...just not what I was expecting.

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#182 Post by Drem »

From pet text update (I think it wasn't mentioned in thread), french review:
http://leplus.nouvelobs.com/contributio ... gique.html
"I think it’s an amazingly good album, I’ve got to be honest with you. It’s one of the albums I feel most proud of. But for people who don’t really know us, and have a sort of an idea about us, ‘Electric’ is more what the Pet Shop Boys are meant to be."
(Neil Tennant, speaking about "Elysium" on the eve of "Electric" release.)

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#183 Post by leesmapman »

Gaffa.dk rates it 4 out of 6
http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/105116

I don't understand Danish though ^_^

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#184 Post by rashomon »

The Guardian give our boys a 4 star review

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/m ... uart-price
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rashomon wrote:The Guardian give our boys a 4 star review

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/m ... uart-price

Very good review. The comments section on it is great in of itself. Are there some members of this forum holding fort other there or something? Every negative comment is being given a suitable rebuke, particularly liked the little tussle over 'F***yt**e of N*w Y**k'.
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#186 Post by daveid »

Norman3 wrote:
rashomon wrote:The Guardian give our boys a 4 star review

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/m ... uart-price

Very good review. The comments section on it is get in of itself. Are there some members of this forum holding fort other there or something? Every negative comment is being given a suitable rebuke, particularly liked the little tussle over 'F***yt**e of N*w Y**k'.
A great and positive review in the Guardian : the ultimate dilemma for some on this forum... :wink:

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#187 Post by Odd »

Another positive review - Daily Mail 4/5.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... RILLS.html

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#188 Post by alig »

Still not one 5/5 review?!
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#189 Post by minimal »

This written piece is not specifically about Super but it highlights twelve critically underrated singles throughout the years:

http://nbhap.com/music/critically-under ... reciation/

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#190 Post by Drico One »

The Times - 4/5

By Will Hodgkinson

In 2012 Pet Shop Boys released an album, Elysium, that eschewed their usual mix of irony and disco escapism for reflective, melancholic songs about the gay scene’s obsession with youth, the sadness of audiences only wanting to hear your early hits and the vanity of celebrity-hungry pop stars.

Unfortunately, nobody wanted to hear such gloomy messages from Britain’s foremost purveyors of camp wit, and the album sank. In 2013 they went back to euphoric dance music with Electric, to greater praise if less poignancy, and now they have taken the literate sensibility of the former album and stuck it against the throbbing beats of the latter on Super. The result is that title fits content perfectly.

Only Neil Tennant could write a story about a dictator having second thoughts about his tyrannical ways and get his partner, Chris Lowe, to put it against the rhythm of marching jackboots, as he does on The Dictator Decides. Or compose an electronic lament called Sad Robot World that, stretching out a hand of brotherhood to our mechanical chums, says: “Machinery is sighing, I thought I heard one crying.”

At the same time, Super has plenty of pop bangers in which any hint of cleverness is subservient to the beat. Happiness is a high-energy belter that, with its line “It’s a long way to happiness, a long way to go/ But I’m going to get that boy the only way I know”, is clearly fashioned with gay bars in mind. Meanwhile, Burn features the kind of charged synthesizer pulses that Lowe does so well. The overall mood of the album is hedonistic but it’s executed with enough intelligence to suggest that hedonism goes only so far.

There are tinges of nostalgia. The Pop Kids depicts two fashionable university students making the most of the club scene in the early 1990s. “We were young but we were so sophisticated, telling everyone that rock was overrated,” sings Tennant. The follies of youth remain the same for the modern-day protagonist of Twenty-something: “Thirty is calling round the bend. Will your ideas ever trend?” This album has one foot on the dancefloor and the other in the shadows. It’s as celebratory as it detached. (Super (x2))
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#191 Post by Drico One »

Pleased as I am to see The Times giving it four out of five, that's a really sloppy, amateurish review that completely misreads lyrics and ignores a proofreader. And The Times is behind a paywall!

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#192 Post by Chicago Fire »

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW ITS A SUCCESS!

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#193 Post by Drico One »

You've forgotten to take your anti-depressants again, haven't you.

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#194 Post by Chicago Fire »

Drico One wrote:You've forgotten to take your anti-depressants again, haven't you.

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#195 Post by Tom Angel »

Wel, here is my review, which will appear on Line of best fit, and I STILL feel uncomfortable about the whole affair, but had to write what I think, so that when I eulogise about the next, it has some currency.

https://tomhocknell.wordpress.com/2016/ ... ell-super/

I'm very pleased that so many reviewers mention it could only be them!
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