Yes: Further Listening 2008-2010

Yes: Further Listening 2008-2010

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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 Neil Tennant and synth man Chris 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 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. [Rhino reissued Yes in 2017 as part of their Catalogue series. The remastered album was joined with Further Listening 2008-2010, a double-disc set of previously unreleased demos, remixes of album tracks, B-sides, and a healthy batch of rarities, like the medley of past hits they put together for an appearance on the 2009 Brits Awards show, a heartbreaking version of Kate McGarrigle's "I Cried for Us," and a fun mash-up of Coldplay's "Vida la Vida" and "Domino Dancing," and though it omits the dub mixes of songs from Yes that were released on Etc., the brilliant synth pop throwback "This Used to Be the Future," which features a guest vocal from the Human League's Phil Oakey, is included. Add in a booklet with pithy commentary by Tennant and Lowe, as well as archival photographs, and it all makes for a nice addition to one of the duo's strongest albums.] ~ David Jeffries & Tim Sendra

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295852818
catalogNumber: 564401
Rank: 42624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist
Philip Oakey   Vocals
Nick Coler   Guitar,Keyboards
Pete Gleadall   Keyboards
Chris Lowe   Keyboards
Johnny Marr   Guitar
Neil Tennant   Keyboards
Michael Kearsey   Brass
Brian Higgins   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Alex Gardner   Background Vocals
Tim Powell   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Xenomania   Background Vocals
Fred Falke   Keyboards
Steve Hamilton   Brass
Chris Storr   Trumpet
Owen Pallett   Guitar,Keyboards
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
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Marc Almond   Composer
Pet Shop Boys   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Mark James   Composer
Mike Barson   Composer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Dave Clark   Composer
Nick Coler   Composer,Programming
Marius de Vries   Producer
Harold Faltermeyer   Producer
Pete Gleadall   Programming,Engineer
Stephen Hague   Producer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Chris Lowe   Composer,Programming
Julian Mendelsohn   Producer
Jacques Morali   Composer
Mike Smith   Composer
Neil Tennant   Composer,Programming
Victor Willis   Composer
David Jacob   Producer
Kate McGarrigle   Composer
Brian Higgins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Tim Powell   Composer,Programming,Producer
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Xenomania   Producer
Fred Falke   Programming
Stuart Price   Arranger,Producer,Additional Production
Owen Pallett   Programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Matt Gray   Programming
Chris Heath   Introduction,Interviewer
Jason Boshoff   Programming
Miranda Cooper   Composer
Sacha Collinson   Programming
Kieran Jones   Composer,Programming
Owen Parker   Composer,Programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Jason Resch   Composer,Programming
Matt Robertson   Arranger,Programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Michael Barson   Composer

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