Working with Xenomania on their last album, 2009’s ‘Yes’, shaved away some of Pet Shop Boys’ idiosyncratic edges. This collection of 38 B-sides and other oddments from 1996 to 2009 show-cases one of Britain’s greatest groups freed even from their own slick pop expectations. This is PSB at play, and, while uneven, it’s jammed with delights, from the Beatles-ish ‘I Didn’t Get Where I Am Today’ and mellow d’n’b ballad ‘Betrayed’, to sassy Hispanic groove ‘Between Two Islands’ and the self-referencing aceness of ‘We’re The Pet Shop Boys’. Nearly 30 years in the game have not withered them a jot.
File under Emperors of electro-pop
Download ‘Searching For The Face of Jesus’, ‘The Resurrectionist’, ‘We’re The Pet Shop Boys’
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