Release - Pet Shop Boys
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Boys' eighth studio release features features Johnny Marr on guitar.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Release couldn't be more lovely if it tried.
  2. Eventually, the tunes fall into place. What never materialize in sufficient number are the billowing climaxes and cutting remarks that mark their best albums, meaning most of them.
  3. A plaintive 10-song set, and the group's most consistent album since 1993's classic Very.
  4. Release sounds at once like a last gasp and a reinvention, which makes it all the more moving.
  5. The group's most consistently rewarding album since 1993's "Very."
  6. This is a long soft sigh of an album, suggesting not a sudden relief of pressure but just a pleasant exclamation of contentment.
  7. 50
    Half of Release feels like an old routine -- looming melancholy and not-quite-cheery disco by the pound. [Apr 2002, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. JoergD
    Jan 31, 2005
    10
    Marvellous record ! Some really great lyrics and beautiful songs !
  2. TrixieMixed
    Jan 27, 2005
    9
    Beautiful Album......Excellent listening.

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