Elysium

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Besides being mostly midtempo and mostly mid-temperature, Pet Shop Boys' 11th studio album is an oddly structured effort, giving up its theme during track number four, a seemingly throwaway, two-and-a-half-minute ditty called "Your Early Stuff." They may be dashing, tasteful pop craftsmen to their fans, but Elysium's prime number finds them pre-gig and stuck with a cabbie who sees this duo as A Flock of Seagulls-styled nostalgic fluff, where haircuts and videos are discussed before anyone remembers the song was called "West End Girls." Good news, because PSB's catty moments are some of their most delicious, and while the fine "Ego Music" ("In the sea of negativity/I'm ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Besides being mostly midtempo and mostly mid-temperature, Pet Shop Boys' 11th studio album is an oddly structured effort, giving up its theme during track number four, a seemingly throwaway, two-and-a-half-minute ditty called "Your Early Stuff." They may be dashing, tasteful pop craftsmen to their fans, but Elysium's prime number finds them pre-gig and stuck with a cabbie who sees this duo as A Flock of Seagulls-styled nostalgic fluff, where haircuts and videos are discussed before anyone remembers the song was called "West End Girls." Good news, because PSB's catty moments are some of their most delicious, and while the fine "Ego Music" ("In the sea of negativity/I'm the Statue of Liberty/That's why people love me/It's humbling") balances bliss and spite with the grace of their 1991 single "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?," feeling prickly is out of fashion when the Olympics come to town, and this is the Pet Shop Boys album with their Olympic single "Winner." Low-key and still triumphant, the cut feels like fists in the air while wearing tasteful trench coats, and without the usual panache, this misty victory is still an acquired taste. The hooky "A Face Like That," on the other hand, is winning crossover, paying extra dividends to fan club members who will see it as a sped-up "Love Comes Quickly," and with ironic swan song "Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin" soaring with classical arrangements, Derek Jarman references, and memories of "the clichés, the candles, the mess," the album's awkward juggling of self-doubt and spectacle is on point for a moment, suggesting return visits to Elysium will provide answers and insight, Behaviour-style. Maybe that motorcycle heard at the end of the album is speeding toward a new tomorrow, or maybe it's headed toward the Olympic closing ceremonies for Pet Shop Boys to perform "West End Girls" when they'd prefer to do "Winner." Either way, Elysium is an interesting, sour, and insider-aimed dispatch from backstage, interrupted by some big moments that sound entirely commissioned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • EAN: 5099931977227
  • Catalog Number: 19772

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Leaving (3:50)
  2. 2 Invisible (5:05)
  3. 3 Winner (3:50)
  4. 4 Your Early Stuff (2:33)
  5. 5 A Face Like That (5:06)
  6. 6 Breathing Space (5:10)
  7. 7 Ego Music (3:05)
  8. 8 Hold On (3:19)
  9. 9 Give it a Go (3:52)
  10. 10 Memory Of The Future (4:31)
  11. 11 Everything Means Something (4:50)
  12. 12 Requiem In Denim And Leopardskin (5:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pet Shop Boys Primary Artist
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Alex Brown Vocals
Carmen Carter Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Endre Granat Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Peter Kent Violin
Victor Lawrence Cello
David Low Cello
Mark Robertson Violin
Luther Waters Vocals
Oren Waters Vocals
Lisa McCormick French Horn
Andrew Dawson Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Timothy Landauer Cello
Neli Nikolaeva Violin
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Ryan Hoyle Drums
Andrew Duckles Viola
James Fauntleroy Vocals
Serena McKinney Violin
Robert Schaer Trumpet
Jessica van Velzen Viola
Sonos Vocals
Maxine Waters Vocals
James Thatcher French Horn
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Sam Fischer Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Julie Waters Vocals
Vivi Rama Bass
Adam Tressler Guitar
Joachim Horsley Conductor
Technical Credits
George Frideric Handel Composer
Pet Shop Boys Arranger, Producer
Robert Fernandez Engineer
Pete Gleadall Programming, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Chris Lowe Composer
Mike Riley Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Neil Tennant Composer
Andrew Dawson Programming, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration
Chris Athens Mastering
Jim Caruana Engineer
Ryan Hoyle Drum Engineering
Murray Chalmers Public Relations
Ben Leathers Orchestration
Joachim Horsley Orchestration
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  • Posted October 13, 2012

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    Pet Shop Boys Glory Journey

    “Elysium” by Pet Shop Boys streamline musical tunes that evoke a placid feeling. I found out about this cd prior to its release because of the “Invisible” and “Winner” songs. “Winner” is currently my favorite song but these other songs also caught my attention: “Your Early Stuff”, “A Face Like That” “Memory Of The Future”, and “Everything Means Something”. “Elysium” by Pet Shop Boys is a suitable choice for those who like at least one Pet Shop Boys compilation and/or music containing chill-out elements.

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