Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

For general discussion of Pet Shop Boys topics.
Post Reply
Message
Author
User avatar
geowayne
Posts: 2011
Joined: Fri 31 Oct 2003, 6:43 am
Contact:

Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

#1 Post by geowayne »

The final results are in for my poll of the past week, in which I asked my site visitors to rank the three albums of the Pet Shop Boys' "Stuart Price trilogy." And the ranking chosen by the plurality of voters for each album was:

* Electric - The Best, picked by 49.5% of the voters,
* Hotspot - The "Middle," chosen by 38.8%, and
* Super - The Weakest, selected by 48.1%.

The specific breakdown chosen by the most voters coincided with this:

* The Best Electric, the "Middle" Hotspot, and the Weakest Super - that particular breakdown picked by 30.5%.

To see the complete results, please visit my "Commentary" site at http://www.geowayne.com/psbhtml.htm and select one of the "Past Survey Results" options from the top navigation bar, or click the appropriate link on my "What's New?" page.

I'm not running a PSB survey for the week ahead, but I'll be sure to provide advance notice before my next poll. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who voted in this past week's survey! And I hope you all stay safe and healthy. Take care!

negative_0ne
Posts: 71
Joined: Sat 25 Jan 2020, 3:53 am
Contact:

Re: Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

#2 Post by negative_0ne »

not really any surprises there.

thats exactly how i picked them.

hotspot should be much lower (the worst), but super was so bad,
it made hotspot actually seem better, if that was possible.

too bad they weren't tied.

later
-1

User avatar
Sage
Posts: 417
Joined: Thu 06 Sep 2012, 3:08 am
Contact:

Re: Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

#3 Post by Sage »

Okay, so the majority voted Electric to be the best of the 3.
I'm curious why.
I think 1 thing I prefer any album to Hotspot for is Hotspot sounds muddy. So much reverb along with the analogue synths. Sometimes you just want to hear something that sounds clear so you turn to almost any other PSB album for that effect.
It's not that bad of a sound, but the dissonant indistinguishable reverb-heavy synth pads and analogue synths can grate. I like to hark back to Very for a more simple listen for example.

How could you rate Hotspot lower than Electric though.
Monkey Business is such a fun track, Heather so anthemic, Hoping for a Miracle a pure melancholy masterpiece.

Seriously,
Axis over Happy People?
Bolshy over I Don't Wanna? (Listen to the single mix if you need convincing)
Bourgeois over You Are the One?
Fluorescent over Only the Dark?
Inside a Dream over Dreamland?
The Last To Die over Burning the Heather?
Shouting in the Evening over Monkey Business?
Thursday over Hoping For A Miracle?
Vocal over Will-o-the-Wisp?

I can tell you which songs I prefer.

With that said, Electric hit at the right time in the right place.
I really like the sound and lyrics of Love Is A Bourgeois Construct, and Fluorescent is a modern day Fade To Grey.
Vocal is a strong track with a new sound for PSB, and I like all the remixes of it too.
But overall, Hotspot has better songs in my opinion.
At the end of the day opinions are subjective, I suppose.
negative_0ne wrote: Sun 05 Apr 2020, 4:57 pm not really any surprises there.

thats exactly how i picked them.

hotspot should be much lower (the worst), but super was so bad,
it made hotspot actually seem better, if that was possible.

too bad they weren't tied.

later
-1
Username checks out!
I still think there's a bias against new albums amongst fans.
Do you really think Bilingual and Release rate above Super and Hotspot??
Even the classic albums have poor songs compared to the recent albums. I mean come on, Hit Music, I Want A Dog, Why Don't We Live Together?, I Want a Lover.
Take off the rose tinted shades...

Anyway I think people disliking the album makes it more special for me. It's my own album I get to love on my own.
"I don't care, what these commentators say. I swear, I don't care, for what difference do they make!"

gehegu
Posts: 120
Joined: Wed 06 Apr 2016, 2:39 pm
Contact:

Re: Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

#4 Post by gehegu »

Hotspot might not be the best but c’mon.. the worst of their whole discography? No way man

User avatar
retrofuturist
Posts: 3444
Joined: Mon 08 May 2006, 12:31 am
Contact:

Re: Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

#5 Post by retrofuturist »

Greetings Sage,
Axis over Happy People?
Bolshy over I Don't Wanna? (Listen to the single mix if you need convincing)
Bourgeois over You Are the One?
Fluorescent over Only the Dark?
Inside a Dream over Dreamland?
The Last To Die over Burning the Heather?
Shouting in the Evening over Monkey Business?
Thursday over Hoping For A Miracle?
Vocal over Will-o-the-Wisp?
First 5 contests go to Electric, next 4 to Hotspot.

And it's noticeable that you hid Wedding In Berlin. 8)

Retro. :)

User avatar
Pod
Posts: 2414
Joined: Wed 27 May 2015, 11:07 pm
Contact:

Re: Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

#6 Post by Pod »

Sage wrote: Mon 06 Apr 2020, 1:29 pm Seriously,
Axis over Happy People?
Bolshy over I Don't Wanna? (Listen to the single mix if you need convincing)
Bourgeois over You Are the One?
Fluorescent over Only the Dark?
Inside a Dream over Dreamland?
The Last To Die over Burning the Heather?
Shouting in the Evening over Monkey Business?
Thursday over Hoping For A Miracle?
Vocal over Will-o-the-Wisp?
Electric wees all over the other two Price albums and I’m glad the majority of PSB fans who voted agree. It would have been a travesty if not. Take the above:
Axis over Happy People - check
Bolshy over I don’t wanna - easy win for Bolshy
Bourgeois over you are the one - easy win - Bourgeois
Fluorescent over only the dark doesn’t even compute a comparison - Fluorescent every time
Inside a dream over dreamland - ditto - no comparison - inside a dream
Last to die over burning the heather - just, yes
Shouting in the evening over monkey business - the one track that wins from hotspot
Thursday over hoping for a miracle - yep
Vocal over willo the wisp - easy - vocal is one of the best PSB tracks of the last 20 years.

Hotspot and super are not bad albums, just patchy. Electric grabs you from minute one and doesn’t let go - for me it’s what PSB are all about - I never skip a track on Electric, which can’t be said for the other two. Wedding in berlin still brings hotspot down despite some real gems on there.
This said, I love hi-energy PSB, I think it’s where they are at their best - hence my choices. What makes fandom so great is we all like different sides to them and that’s just fine and dandy by me.
Just for the sake of it, make sure you're always frowning. :|
It shows the world that you've got substance and depth.

bongsteve
Posts: 323
Joined: Tue 14 Aug 2007, 3:21 am
Contact:

Re: Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

#7 Post by bongsteve »

Sage wrote: Mon 06 Apr 2020, 1:29 pm Okay, so the majority voted Electric to be the best of the 3.
I'm curious why.
I think 1 thing I prefer any album to Hotspot for is Hotspot sounds muddy. So much reverb along with the analogue synths. Sometimes you just want to hear something that sounds clear so you turn to almost any other PSB album for that effect.
It's not that bad of a sound, but the dissonant indistinguishable reverb-heavy synth pads and analogue synths can grate. I like to hark back to Very for a more simple listen for example.

How could you rate Hotspot lower than Electric though.
Monkey Business is such a fun track, Heather so anthemic, Hoping for a Miracle a pure melancholy masterpiece.

Seriously,
Axis over Happy People?
Bolshy over I Don't Wanna? (Listen to the single mix if you need convincing)
Bourgeois over You Are the One?
Fluorescent over Only the Dark?
Inside a Dream over Dreamland?
The Last To Die over Burning the Heather?
Shouting in the Evening over Monkey Business?
Thursday over Hoping For A Miracle?
Vocal over Will-o-the-Wisp?

I can tell you which songs I prefer.

With that said, Electric hit at the right time in the right place.
I really like the sound and lyrics of Love Is A Bourgeois Construct, and Fluorescent is a modern day Fade To Grey.
Vocal is a strong track with a new sound for PSB, and I like all the remixes of it too.
But overall, Hotspot has better songs in my opinion.
At the end of the day opinions are subjective, I suppose.
negative_0ne wrote: Sun 05 Apr 2020, 4:57 pm not really any surprises there.

thats exactly how i picked them.

hotspot should be much lower (the worst), but super was so bad,
it made hotspot actually seem better, if that was possible.

too bad they weren't tied.

later
-1
Username checks out!
I still think there's a bias against new albums amongst fans.
Do you really think Bilingual and Release rate above Super and Hotspot??
Even the classic albums have poor songs compared to the recent albums. I mean come on, Hit Music, I Want A Dog, Why Don't We Live Together?, I Want a Lover.
Take off the rose tinted shades...

Anyway I think people disliking the album makes it more special for me. It's my own album I get to love on my own.
"I don't care, what these commentators say. I swear, I don't care, for what difference do they make!"
I never get these "how could you" disagree with me posts. To each their own. I will say that Inside a Dream is probably my favorite album track from them off the past 3 albums and feel it's easily superior to Monkey Business, which I also like.

negative_0ne
Posts: 71
Joined: Sat 25 Jan 2020, 3:53 am
Contact:

Re: Final results of poll on ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums

#8 Post by negative_0ne »

of course, all the albums have songs of varying degrees of
'good' and 'bad' obviously.

my preference is the earlier albums, that had a lot more
songs that i like than i disliked. i also liked the quality, tone,
and other aspects (mixes, videos) too.

i just find all the latter albums neglected many of those,
and while there may be some songs, that are still decent.
the number and quantity and quality of them don't match
their earlier output, which is why i classify the last 3
albums (and many more before that) so lowly.

later
-1

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 33 guests