The Most Incredible Thing

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The Most Incredible Thing is the Pet Shop Boys' first foray into the world of ballet scoring, and it's as slick and smart as expected. Composed for London's Sadlers Wells Theater adaptation of a late-period Hans Christian Andersen story, this must be a welcome souvenir for audience members, but those not in attendance will find the two-disc set a bit much, and with so many story-driven twists and audio cues, it's too demanding for background listening. That said, any fans who found the duo's Battleship Potemkin soundtrack compelling will find this a welcome, lighter alternative, seeing as how the sound is another mashing of Russian classical music and synth pop, with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The Most Incredible Thing is the Pet Shop Boys' first foray into the world of ballet scoring, and it's as slick and smart as expected. Composed for London's Sadlers Wells Theater adaptation of a late-period Hans Christian Andersen story, this must be a welcome souvenir for audience members, but those not in attendance will find the two-disc set a bit much, and with so many story-driven twists and audio cues, it's too demanding for background listening. That said, any fans who found the duo's Battleship Potemkin soundtrack compelling will find this a welcome, lighter alternative, seeing as how the sound is another mashing of Russian classical music and synth pop, with Tchaikovsky being the composer of influence here. Light melodies meet sweeping orchestral movements, and the ticking of clocks and other sound effects play a big role -- plus you never know when a drum machine or sequencer will jump in, turning any given Swan Lake inspiration into a disco during prime time. Of limited appeal, but appealing nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • EAN: 5099907169229
  • Catalog Number: 71692
  • Sales rank: 195,421

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (1:48)
  2. 2 The Grind (7:10)
  3. 3 The Challenge (3:55)
  4. 4 Help Me (2:09)
  5. 5 Risk (5:30)
  6. 6 Physical Jerks (3:41)
  7. 7 The Competition (6:46)
  8. 8 The Meeting (2:52)
  9. 9 The Clock 1/2/3 (5:47)
  10. 10 The Clock 4/5/6 (4:00)
  11. 11 The Clock 7/8/9 (6:24)
  12. 12 The Clock 10/11/12 (6:29)
  13. 13 The Winner (2:15)
  14. 14 Destruction (4:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Back To the Grind (5:18)
  2. 2 The Ceremony (1:47)
  3. 3 The Revolution (2:45)
  4. 4 The Resurrection (2:16)
  5. 5 The Colour and light (2:59)
  6. 6 The Meeting (2:00)
  7. 7 The Wedding (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pet Shop Boys Primary Artist
Nuno Silva Ensemble
Andreas Gundlach Piano
Ivan Putrov Soloist
Benny Maslov Ensemble
Bartek Bober Concert Master
Alastair Postlethwaite Ensemble
Aaron Sillis Soloist
Paul Chantry Ensemble
Michael Camp Ensemble
Lisa Welham Ensemble
Jo Darvill-Mills Ensemble
Cameron McMillan Ensemble
Yu Yu Rau Ensemble
Sarita Piotrowski Ensemble
Elisabetta D'aloia Ensemble
Charlottle Broom Ensemble
Chris Akrill Ensemble
Clemmie Sveaas Soloist
Technical Credits
Pet Shop Boys Producer, Art Direction
Pete Gleadall Programming
Chris Lowe Programming
Neil Tennant Composer, Lyricist, Concept
Tobias Lehmann Engineer
Javier DeFrutos Director, Choreographer
Sven Helbig Producer, Orchestration
Paul Arditti Sound Design
Hans Christian Andersen Story, Paper Cut Design
Tal Rosner Animation, Filmmaker
Alistair Spalding Art Direction
Matthew Dunster Dramaturgist
Emma Gladstone Producer
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