Yesby Pet Shop Boys
Coming down from the ambitious, politically charged Fundamental, Yes is the sound of the Pet Shop Boys unwinding and returning to their usual fascinations: isolation, fashion, grand arrangements, and witty synth pop anthems. Unfortunately, they're in a slump with their songwriting, and subject-wise, every song here has a companion piece on some earlier album, but that doesn't mean the party is spoiled. The delicate electro opener "Love Etc." is PSB perfection with its memorable hook and faultless construction. Brian Higgins and his Xenomania team (Saint Etienne, Girls Aloud) share songwriting and production duties on the track, and while that later credit continues for the remainder of the album, the hip crew becomes invisible as singer Tennant and synth-man Lowe take over. Employing an Abbey Road orchestra and hiring Johnny Marr for some Hollywood guitar seems a familiar Pet Shop Boys maneuver, and when Neil Tennant tops it off with some sardonic lyrics, "Beautiful People" becomes a pleasingly comfortable gift for any fan thrown by Fundamental's action committee attitude. "Did You See Me Coming" is the exhilarated infatuation of "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Sort of Thing" all over again, while "King of Rome" is the spitting image of the duo's 1987 chestnut "King's Cross." These are good things, especially for the sworn fan, and so are the few quirky new ideas, like the duo trading lines Run-D.M.C. style on "Building a Wall." The grand closer "Legacy" is the obvious songwriting highlight, partly because of the Kurt Weill-like breakdown in the middle, but mostly because of the grim way it comforts the brokenhearted. Neil proposes that glaciers melt and stars burn out so there's a pretty good chance that given time "you'll get over it." It's much better than the "Is that a riot/or are you just glad to see me" line in "Pandemonium" and just the touch Yes needs to put this above the standard PSB album.
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Performance CreditsPet Shop Boys Primary Artist
Nick Coler Guitar,Keyboards
Pete Gleadall Keyboards
Chris Lowe Keyboards
Johnny Marr Guitar,Harmonica
Neil Tennant Keyboards
Cathy Thompson Conductor
Michael Kearsey Brass
Brian Higgins Keyboards,Background Vocals
Alex Gardner Background Vocals
Tim Powell Keyboards,Background Vocals
London Metropolitan Orchestra Brass
Andy Brown Conductor
Xenomania Background Vocals
Fred Falke Keyboards
Steve Hamilton Brass
Matt Gray Keyboards
Miranda Cooper Background Vocals
Andy Brown Conductor
Sacha Collinson Guitar,Keyboards
Kieran Jones Guitar,Keyboards
Jessie Malakouti Background Vocals
Owen Parker Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jason Resch Guitar,Keyboards
Carla Marie Williams Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mark Parnell Drums
Technical CreditsAlice Cooper Composer
Nick Coler Programming
Pete Gleadall Programming
Chris Lowe Composer,Programming
Neil Tennant Composer,Programming
Cathy Thompson Orchestra Leader
Brian Higgins Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Andrew Dudman Engineer
Tim Powell Composer,Programming
Andy Brown Arranger
Fred Falke Programming
Owen Pallett Arranger,Orchestration
Matt Gray Programming
Andy Brown Brass Arrangment,Brass Conductor
Sacha Collinson Programming
Kieran Jones Composer,Programming
Owen Parker Composer,Programming
Jason Resch Composer,Programming
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I've been a huge fan of PSB since "West End Girls" and have collected their works over the years. "Yes" is a great addition to my collection.
Love, love, love it. I loaded both CDs into my MP3 player so I can listen while I'm walking, put the Yes disc in my shower player so I can start the day with it and the etc. disc is in my car. My favorite track, if forced to choose, is Did you see me coming?, a relentlessly cheerful (think Serenade in G Major) and sweetly sexy song that makes me smile.
As a 2 CD product, the Pet Shop Boys YES album from 2009, I give 5 stars, mainly for two reasons, my favorite song here is "The used to be future" (only available on disc 2) and the alternate mixes, mostly instrumental, that give a completion to the songs first heard on disc 1. There is a sameness of sound in the songs, something a great "album" should have rather than be just a collection of singles. The Pet Shop Boys have discovered 7th chords (major, minor, diminished, augmented, with various voicings). I'm not sure how I would rate the single disc version, maybe a 4. The only thing I criticize is the paper packaging, it makes getting the discs out a pain in the neck, I worry about scratches that way. The song Beautfiul people has nice guitar work by Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Electronic), a subtle change from all the keyboard work. All in all, a very nice set of songs and performances.
woo hoo! the first single rocks!
Simply put, this is classic Pet Shop Boys -- their best collection of new material since 1993's 'Very.' These "boys" are now in their fifties, but the music they create remains fresh and vital.
I really love this CD. But I had to wait a long time to get it . The CD was avalible on the shelves at other stores but for som reason Barnes and Nobel didnt get it to me for over a month.
Unfortunally this new albun lacks the interest of the previous ones. A bit of dissapointment.
I never thought the Pet Shop Boys could put out something this thoughtless. The music is drab, boring, and sounds like an overdose of melancholy. By far and away, bar none, their worst album!