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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497911516
  • Catalog Number: 791151
  • Sales rank: 98,210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love etc. (3:32)
  2. 2 All Over the World (3:50)
  3. 3 Beautiful People (3:41)
  4. 4 Did You See Me Coming? (3:41)
  5. 5 Vulnerable (4:47)
  6. 6 More Than a Dream (4:56)
  7. 7 Building a Wall (3:49)
  8. 8 King of Rome (5:31)
  9. 9 Pandemonium (3:42)
  10. 10 The Way It Used to Be (4:43)
  11. 11 Legacy (6:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pet Shop Boys Primary Artist
Nick Coler Guitar, Keyboards
Pete Gleadall Keyboards
Chris Lowe Keyboards
Johnny Marr Guitar, Harmonica
Neil Tennant Keyboards
Brian Higgins Keyboards, Background Vocals
Alex Gardner Background Vocals
Tim Powell Keyboards, Background Vocals
London Metropolitan Orchestra Brass
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
Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer
Nick Coler Programming
Pete Gleadall Programming
Chris Lowe Composer, Programming
Neil Tennant Composer, Programming
Cathy Thompson Orchestra Leader
Dick Beetham Mastering
Brian Higgins Composer, Programming, Producer
Andrew Dudman Engineer
Tim Powell Composer, Programming
Fred Falke Programming
Owen Pallett 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    WoW!!

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Thrilling...and moving

    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.

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