Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot: Album review
Often an artist or group will come back with a new release after some time away and it can be disappointing.
This is certainly not the case with the Pet Shop Boys.
You may have heard their latest fun single 'Monkey Business' on the radio. Their original distinctive sound, complete with signature irony, is still there.
If you liked that single, you’ll love the album. It opens with the track 'Will O the Wisp', complete with ‘80s style synths (their trademark sound) announcing the start of the album with aplomb.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Pet Shop Boys without a bit of campness and there is plenty in the album. You just have to watch the video to 'Monkey Business' to know what I mean!
'Happy People' (track three) has a soaring build up to the chorus and a beat reminiscent of ‘90s dance tracks.
Then, we’ve got a guest appearance from the band Years and Years on the next track 'Dreamland'. This track opens with a familiar synth intro which I’m sure I’ve heard before; I just can’t place it.
Track nine, 'Burning the Heather' takes a slight change in direction, slowing the pace with a jangly guitar and electronic folk sound.
The final track 'Wedding in Berlin' is downright bizarre with electronica interspersed with Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. But we’ll forgive them as they are true legends after all.
The album is out now.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall
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