Electric

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  • Summary: The 12th full-length studio album for the electronic pop duo is the first release on the Pet Shop Boys' own label.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 100
    Electric is the second really fantastic pop-dance blast of the year.
  2. Jul 12, 2013
    90
    They show us what pop music can do.
  3. Jul 16, 2013
    87
    The duo impressively join a raft of other legacy artists (David Bowie, Black Sabbath) in proving that getting older doesn’t mean you have to lose your passion for creativity or, in the case of Electric, your libido.
  4. 80
    It's the most simple, directly dance-oriented they've been since Disco, putting down a marker for the rest of the album.
  5. 80
    Electric is a work of renewed purpose, whose short time-frame and scant tracklist (no PSB album has ever clocked in shy of ten songs) belie the gems that lie within.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jul 10, 2013
    80
    With Electric, Pet Shop Boys have succeeded spectacularly. [Aug 2013, p.92]
  7. Jul 15, 2013
    60
    It's not cutting edge, but it does mean business.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jul 18, 2013
    10
    Yes, that's a very bold statement, but with this being one of the very few albums of 2013 with just about excellent reviews all-around, itYes, that's a very bold statement, but with this being one of the very few albums of 2013 with just about excellent reviews all-around, it definitely lived up to the hype and then some!

    I think all us pet-heads knew something amazing and unique in even the PSB world was coming (and judging by the constant sales and moving up in the charts here on Amazon and other outlets, it seems the public overall is catching on and finally NOT labeling them as an '80's act (wake-up Pandora!).

    I remember listening to 'Axis' for the first time as a teaser, then it was followed up with 'Vocal' and teasers for 'Inside A Dream' and 'Fluorescent' (the latter of which I didn't care for at first, but then it turned out to be my most fave song on the album) releasing these songs as both singles and teasers was the perfect way to market their stuff BEFORE the release of their album helped tremendously with the build-up!

    Parting ways with Parlophone, the inclusion of Stuart Price, or (what has been stated/assumed by Tennant on occasion) a negative fan reaction from 'Elysium' (a stellar album!) there were many stated/ironic situations that led to the making of this awesome album and in less than a year! This is genius at work and to think: it's the FIRST in a THREE-PART collection WOW!

    As I stated in my title, this album has that rare quality: similar to Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours', this has the characteristics of classic written all over it. Every song on here can/could be made into a hit; every song could be known by fans and non-fans alike. It will be interesting to see how Tennant/Lowe handle this album via their x2 label they've already broken a good amount of conventional rules upon releasing the album and it looks like it's paying off maybe they will break more rules and not limit this album to a handful of songs, but possibly a good 3/4 of the album could be made into hits here's wishing :)

    Anyway, amazing album: it's been on repeat along with The Editors' 'The Weight of Your Love' (very under-rated), and David Bowie's 'The Next Day' Haven't loved music this much in a long time Thanks Chris & Neil
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  2. Feb 6, 2014
    10
    No one but the Pet Shop Boys was going to make an album like this, so it's about time they finally did. "Electric" stands out because it usesNo one but the Pet Shop Boys was going to make an album like this, so it's about time they finally did. "Electric" stands out because it uses its nine tracks to develop a strong and unique consciousness. None of its tracks feel like space-fillers; instead, each track works in conjunction with the others to form a consistent, emotive, and guiltlessly danceable dynamic. The Pet Shop Boys essentially rolled up everything done right in dance-pop over the past several years, painted it with a contemporary British pop culture aura, and injected it with an unmistakeable Pet Shop Boys feel to create their most wonderful album since the 80s, which features standout tracks like "Vocal," one of the greatest dance songs of 2013, and "Love is a Bourgeois Construct," which actualizes alternative dance music's highest potential. Simply put, there is nothing out there like "Electric."

    FINAL SCORE: 95 (almost perfect ----------o---------- perfect)
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  3. Jul 16, 2013
    10
    I really didn't think that Elysium was a bad album, but it is quite impressive how soon they were able to come up with this! Electric containsI really didn't think that Elysium was a bad album, but it is quite impressive how soon they were able to come up with this! Electric contains some of their best songs in years and not a single weak track. Love is a bourgeois construct should be released as a single! Expand
  4. Apr 2, 2016
    8
    yES Is so much better than Electric, Electric have good songs?? Yes he have, but in the album Yes (2009), have all tracks that isyES Is so much better than Electric, Electric have good songs?? Yes he have, but in the album Yes (2009), have all tracks that is excellents.............

    Axis,Love Is Bourgeois Construct,Thursday,Vocal and The Last To Die (Cover of Bruce Springsteen), are the best one the rest is meh, Bolshy is a very bad song
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  5. Feb 23, 2014
    8
    Elysium lacked immensely in that familiar Pet Shop Boys vibe, and though it is rather good to try different sounds and techniques, like theElysium lacked immensely in that familiar Pet Shop Boys vibe, and though it is rather good to try different sounds and techniques, like the Pet Shop Boys did, Elysium was just unfortunately a down right bummer. The surprise here though, is the sudden action and the need to release another album so soon after the last (Elysium), Electric is the Pet Shop Boys immense and exciting new effort, and its one of their best efforts in a rather long time. Expand
  6. Apr 8, 2016
    8
    ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................wHY The Highly Acclaim????? Because is very ELECTRONIC, "YES" of (2009), Is a very superior album.... I just ask Why, is a good album, BUT PET SHOP BOYS DIID SO MUCH BETTER IN "YES" (2009) ALBUM Expand
  7. Jul 18, 2013
    3
    Bland, bland, bland. This is a very dull album indeed in my opinion. Some artists, and I would include the Pet Shop Boys, are lionized toBland, bland, bland. This is a very dull album indeed in my opinion. Some artists, and I would include the Pet Shop Boys, are lionized to such a degree that they seem almost beyond reproach in the minds of fans and critics alike. Collapse

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