Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The Wire
    Dec 5, 2012
    70
    Some moments on the Pet Shop Boys' 11th album are as unsettling as any music released this decade. [Nov 2012, p.64]
  2. 70
    [A] precise and neatly packaged 12-song collection.
  3. Magnet
    Oct 1, 2012
    65
    The flouncing, bouncy "Winner" is just the most hateful of the bunch, with insipid lyrics, overly bright production and a vocal line so pale it's opaque. "Hold On" and "Give It A Go" come damn near close to that level of dread. Luckily, though, those are the album's sole missteps. [No.91 p.58]
  4. Mojo
    Sep 19, 2012
    80
    It's a return to their best. [Oct 2012, p.83]
  5. Uncut
    Sep 14, 2012
    70
    More of this arch British sourness next time. Please. [Oct 2012, p.86]
  6. The understated beats suit their elysian equanimity.
  7. If Elysium has a weakness, it is the absolute absence of thumping disco-pop monsters. Once you accept that, and surrender to the tranquil beauty of Chris Lowe's synth textures, you quickly realise that Neil Tennant is on top lyrical form.
  8. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    The result is one of their most serene and sonically consistent efforts to date.
  9. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    With a record as good as it is, it's difficult to believe that both they and pop music aren't alive and well.
  10. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    Elysium could be Pet Shop Boys' warmest, wisest album yet.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. MnM
    Sep 22, 2012
    9
    A sublime release and a very strong representation of their storied catalog. Songs range from laid-back funk to pure pop and few of theA sublime release and a very strong representation of their storied catalog. Songs range from laid-back funk to pure pop and few of the entries go astray. Their relevance over several decades is a testament to their unequaled talent. Full Review »
  2. Sep 12, 2012
    10
    This is one of The PSB's most beautiful cds. very melodic, thought there are a few up beat songs. I am their biggest fan, and this cd doesThis is one of The PSB's most beautiful cds. very melodic, thought there are a few up beat songs. I am their biggest fan, and this cd does not let me down me in the least! A must have! Full Review »
  3. Dec 15, 2017
    8
    An extraordinary time at listening that is this watershed Pet shop Boys Album.

    It's the kind of complex simplistic, fit well in these words
    An extraordinary time at listening that is this watershed Pet shop Boys Album.

    It's the kind of complex simplistic, fit well in these words tracks like "Everything Means Something", "Leaving" "Winner" and the spectacular "Requiem in denim and leopard skin'

    Breathing Space is a beautiful ballad too.
    The kind of album that getting better at each listening.
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