Fundamental

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Working together for the first time since the 1988 single "Left to My Own Devices," the Pet Shop Boys and producer Trevor Horn partner together for Fundamental, an extremely well-crafted effort that is more of its time message-wise than any previous PSB album. Fundamental is heavily influenced by Tony Blair's allegiance to George W. Bush and his dragging of the U.K. into the Iraq War, which has left previously Labour Party-loving vocalist Neil Tennant bitter and disillusioned. Fully aware that the Pet Shop Boys would sound ridiculous if angry and punkish, Tennant and partner Chris Lowe show restraint, putting their venom on simmer on the most riveting songs and searching...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Working together for the first time since the 1988 single "Left to My Own Devices," the Pet Shop Boys and producer Trevor Horn partner together for Fundamental, an extremely well-crafted effort that is more of its time message-wise than any previous PSB album. Fundamental is heavily influenced by Tony Blair's allegiance to George W. Bush and his dragging of the U.K. into the Iraq War, which has left previously Labour Party-loving vocalist Neil Tennant bitter and disillusioned. Fully aware that the Pet Shop Boys would sound ridiculous if angry and punkish, Tennant and partner Chris Lowe show restraint, putting their venom on simmer on the most riveting songs and searching for a reason not to stick their head in the sand elsewhere. Surprisingly, the usually extravagant Horn follows suit, and while he gives the album a very modern, slick sheen, the production is well designed instead of gloriously decorated. Beautifully polished by Horn, "Luna Park" lazily strolls through a holiday where fortunetellers and fire breathers divert attention from the slowly developing storm. Giving up hope entirely is "Numb," an insular ballad that songwriter Diane Warren originally gave to the duo for the hits collection PopArt that's much more at home here. Better still is infectious and uptempo "I'm with Stupid," which casts Blair and Bush as irresponsible lovers who grin and pose while having their way with the world. It's not the only instantly gripping track -- the paranoid "Integral" speaks out for personal freedom with a wicked hook while the New Order-esque "Minimal" ranks with their best club cuts -- but the majority of Fundamental is like the majority of their great album Behavior in that repeat listens are required to do these rich songs justice. For Pet Shop Boys fans who lean to the left and are skeptical about the future, this is as close to heaven as they want to be.
Billboard - Michael Paoletta
There is something quite comforting about a new Pet Shop Boys album. Neil Tennant's vocals always manage to soothe and, when necessary, invigorate. The same is true of Chris Lowe's electronic wizardry.
Boston Globe - Christopher Muther
Tennant and Lowe are as prickly, dry, and ironic as ever.

Tennant and Lowe are as prickly, dry, and ironic as ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2006
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 094636285924
  • Catalog Number: 362859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Psychological (4:10)
  2. 2 The Sodom & Gomorrah Show (5:19)
  3. 3 I Made My Excuses and Left (4:53)
  4. 4 Minimal (4:20)
  5. 5 Numb (4:43)
  6. 6 God Willing (1:17)
  7. 7 Luna Park (5:31)
  8. 8 I'm With Stupid (3:24)
  9. 9 Casanova in Hell (3:13)
  10. 10 Twentieth Century (4:39)
  11. 11 Indefinite Leave to Remain (3:08)
  12. 12 Integral (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pet Shop Boys Primary Artist
Anne Dudley Conductor
Simon Chamberlain Keyboards
David Clayton Keyboards
Debbie Doss Background Vocals
Earl Harvin Bass, Drums, Marimbas, Electric Drums, Vibes, Electronic Drums
Cliff Hewitt Electronic Drums
Trevor Horn Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Nick Ingman Conductor
Skaila Kanga Harp
Steve Lipson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Phil Palmer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Steve Sidwell Conductor
Bruce Woolley Background Vocals
Louis Jardim Percussion
Andy Caine Background Vocals
Lalo Creme Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Sarah Eyden Background Vocals
Fred Applegate Narrator
Pete Murray Keyboards
Robert Orton Shaker
Virgil Howe Percussion, Drums
Patrick Lannigan Bass
Lucinda Barry Harp, Background Vocals
Laura Edwards Background Vocals
Oliver Poulot Vocals
Alanna Tavernier Background Vocals
Emma Brain-Gabbott Background Vocals
Jenny O'Grady Choir Master
Helen Parker Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Anne Dudley Brass Arrangment, Orchestral Arrangements
David Clayton Programming
Tony Cousins Mastering
Pete Gleadall Programming, Vocal Engineer
Trevor Horn Producer, Audio Production
Nick Ingman Orchestral Arrangements
Chris Lowe Composer
Steve Sidwell Orchestral Arrangements
Robert Smith Engineer
Neil Tennant Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Tim Weidner Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Dave Farrow Art Direction
Tim Lambert Engineer
Robert Orton Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Chris Waugh Engineer
Taz Mattar Engineer
Tim Young Mastering
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