Nightlife [UK Bonus Disc]

Nightlife [UK Bonus Disc]

by Pet Shop Boys


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Nightlife [UK Bonus Disc]

Nightlife is a loose concept album -- more of a song cycle, really -- about nightlife (naturally), a collection of moods and themes, from love to loneliness. In that sense, it's not that different from most Pet Shop Boys albums, and, musically, the album is very much of a piece with Very and Bilingual, which is to say that it relies more on craft than on innovation. Depending on your point of view, this may not be such a bad thing, since Pet Shop Boys specialize in subtle craft and masterful understatement. Such skills serve them well when they're essentially following familiar musical territory, which they are on Nightlife. At its core, the record is very much like Very -- a clever, skillful updating of classic disco, highlighted by small contemporary dance flourishes, and infused with a true sense of wit, sophistication, and intelligence. Pet Shop Boys do this music better than anyone else ever has, and they're at the top of their form here, but it's hard to shake the initial impression that they've done this before. Each individual song works beautifully, from the wistfully dejected "I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More" to the exhilarating Village People homage "New York City Boy," but as a whole, Nightlife seems less than the sum of its parts. Repeated listens reveal the songs' charms, yet Nightlife coasts on its craft a bit too much, which makes it feel like one of their second-tier albums. [The UK release adds a bonus VCD with three videos: "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk," "New York City Boy," and "I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More"]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2001
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724352185726
catalogNumber: 521857

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist
Danny Madden   Background Vocals
Audrey Wheeler   Vocals
Carlos Goméz   Percussion
Craig Armstrong   Piano,Keyboards,Vocoder
Billy Cliff   Background Vocals
Andy Gangadeen   Drums
Carol Kenyon   Vocals
Tessa Niles   Vocals
Richard Norris   Keyboards
Kate St. John   Oboe
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Peter "Ski" Schwartz   Keyboards
Peter Lockett   Percussion
Sylcia Mason-James   Vocals
Pauline Taylor   Vocals
Gene Perez   Bass Guitar
Ali MacLeod   Guitar
Keith Fluitt   Background Vocals
Mark Bates   Keyboards
Stephen Hilton   Keyboards
Paul Herman   Guitar
John James   Background Vocals
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Arranger,Producer
Danny Madden   Arranger
David Morales   Composer,Producer
Craig Armstrong   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Andy Bradfield   Engineer
Pete Gleadall   Programming
Chris Lowe   Composer
Richard Lowe   Engineer
Richard Norris   Programming
Neil Tennant   Composer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Peter "Ski" Schwartz   Programming,String Arrangements
Rollo   Producer
Vince Montana   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Stephen Hilton   Programming
Ian MacNeil   Costume Design

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