Yes

Yes

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by Pet Shop Boys
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
The hooks on Yes are as smart as Tennant's mouth, and on tracks like ''Pandemonium,'' the disco's so primal, you could smash your bone china to the beat. [B+] Melissa Maerz
BBC Music Magazine
Kicking off with the wondrous lead single, Love Etc, with its tingling electronic sheen and ravishing melody, the Xenomania-produced Yes is as inventive and flamboyant as the strained Fundamental was falsely rumoured to be. Jaime Gill

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
5099969647024
catalogNumber:
96470

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Performance Credits

Pet 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 Credits

Alice 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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