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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:00

Pet Shop Boys

by Will Stone

(x2 Records, Kobalt Label Services)

It's getting difficult - and expensive - to keep up with the great Pet Shop Boys.

Less than a year after the release of the more pop-tune oriented Elysium they crank up the volume and come at us with the dance heavy Electric.

One does wonder why the duo didn't think to put out a double album since the two contrasting styles of both sit together quite nicely.

On its own, though, Electric is by no means essential.

It's conceptually interesting but it hasn't got anything on Introspective, the classic techno-heavy album of yesteryear - 1988 to be precise.

That's because the Pets simply don't manage to nail the catchy beats this time around.

Yet the wry humour remains - how could it not with tracks like Love Is A Bourgeois Construct and Bolshy.

But in comparison to a lot of high-calibre electronic albums out there - 21st-century geeks are a new breed indeed - the results here are unfortunately staid.

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