by Pet Shop Boys


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Besides being mostly midtempo and mostly mid-temperature, Pet Shop Boys' 11th studio album is an oddly structured effort, giving up its theme during track number four, a seemingly throwaway, two-and-a-half-minute ditty called "Your Early Stuff." They may be dashing, tasteful pop craftsmen to their fans, but Elysium's prime number finds them pre-gig and stuck with a cabbie who sees this duo as A Flock of Seagulls-styled nostalgic fluff, where haircuts and videos are discussed before anyone remembers the song was called "West End Girls." Good news, because PSB's catty moments are some of their most delicious, and while the fine "Ego Music" ("In the sea of negativity/I'm the Statue of Liberty/That's why people love me/It's humbling") balances bliss and spite with the grace of their 1991 single "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?," feeling prickly is out of fashion when the Olympics come to town, and this is the Pet Shop Boys album with their Olympic single "Winner." Low-key and still triumphant, the cut feels like fists in the air while wearing tasteful trench coats, and without the usual panache, this misty victory is still an acquired taste. The hooky "A Face Like That," on the other hand, is winning crossover, paying extra dividends to fan club members who will see it as a sped-up "Love Comes Quickly," and with ironic swan song "Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin" soaring with classical arrangements, Derek Jarman references, and memories of "the clichés, the candles, the mess," the album's awkward juggling of self-doubt and spectacle is on point for a moment, suggesting return visits to Elysium will provide answers and insight, Behaviour-style. Maybe that motorcycle heard at the end of the album is speeding toward a new tomorrow, or maybe it's headed toward the Olympic closing ceremonies for Pet Shop Boys to perform "West End Girls" when they'd prefer to do "Winner." Either way, Elysium is an interesting, sour, and insider-aimed dispatch from backstage, interrupted by some big moments that sound entirely commissioned.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2012
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0603497911691
catalogNumber: 791169
Rank: 206049

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Alex Brown   Vocals
Carmen Carter   Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Endre Granat   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Peter Kent   Violin
Victor Lawrence   Cello
David Low   Cello
Mark Robertson   Violin
Luther Waters   Vocals
Oren Waters   Vocals
Julia Waters   Vocals
Lisa McCormick   French Horn
Andrew Dawson   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Neli Nikolaeva   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Ryan Hoyle   Drums
Andrew Duckles   Viola
James Fauntleroy   Vocals
Serena McKinney   Violin
Robert Schaer   Trumpet
Jessica van Velzen   Viola
Sonos   Vocals
Maxine Waters   Vocals
James Thatcher   French Horn
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Sam Fischer   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Vivi Rama   Bass
Adam Tressler   Guitar
Joachim Horsley   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Frideric Handel   Composer
Pet Shop Boys   Arranger,Producer
Robert Fernandez   Engineer
Pete Gleadall   Programming,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Chris Lowe   Composer
Michael Riley   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Neil Tennant   Composer
Andrew Dawson   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Ryan Hoyle   Drum Engineering
Murray Chalmers   Public Relations
Ben Leathers   Orchestration
Joachim Horsley   Orchestration

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Elysium 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Elysium” by Pet Shop Boys streamline musical tunes that evoke a placid feeling. I found out about this cd prior to its release because of the “Invisible” and “Winner” songs. “Winner” is currently my favorite song but these other songs also caught my attention: “Your Early Stuff”, “A Face Like That” “Memory Of The Future”, and “Everything Means Something”. “Elysium” by Pet Shop Boys is a suitable choice for those who like at least one Pet Shop Boys compilation and/or music containing chill-out elements.