Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2020 Ratings: #54 / 83
User Score
Based on 132 ratings
2020 Ratings: #140
January 24, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Telegraph
As Pet Shop Boys enter their heritage years, they are still taking dance music into unexpected places.
80
AllMusic

Through it all, Tennant and Lowe feel as confident and progressive as ever, honoring their signature sound while continuing to push it into the future.

80
Clash

‘Hotspot’ rounds things off with a lovingly crafted variety pick and mix of all the flavours that keep Pet Shop Boys at the top of their game.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Hotspot is just another jewel in the already-sizeable crown of Britain’s greatest ever pop band, and will only grow in power over time.

80
Albumism

With so many new artists popping up on the scene daily, it is refreshing to see our elder statesmen delivering music that remains true to their core, but still finding a freshness in the most organic, unforced way.

70
Loud and Quiet

Hotspot shows a creative force that’s still curious, still with things to say.

70
Exclaim!

Fans will find much to enjoy here, but Hotspot is best viewed as a victory lap.

70
musicOMH

There are still more than enough highlights on Hotspot to make the record worthwhile, and when they put their mind to it Tennant and Lowe’s wordsmithery is still as sharp as ever.

61
Pitchfork

On their 14th studio album, the best-selling duo in UK pop dampen the euphoria; the result is a tuneful, wan album that lands somewhere in the middle of their rich catalogue.

60
The Observer

Despite all the biting character sketches and evergreen dancefloor nous in evidence, Hotspot has its cooler passages.

snowman
53
I never thought I'd hear Pet Shop Boys on a trap beat. Can we get a West End Girls remix with dababy?
HoodieBraden
60
This is pretty much what you would expect from a band that was popular in the '80s making new music thirty years later.
JayCrackers
70
I enjoyed this way more than I should.

Track Review

Will-o-the-wisp 7.5/10
You are the one 7/10
Happy people 7.5/10
Dreamland 7/10
Hoping for a miracle 6.5/10
I don't wanna 7/10
Monkey business 7/10
Only the dark 7/10
Burning the heather 6.5/10
Wedding in Berlin 7/10

Average: 7.0/10
Doublez
61
Oh thank God this album is not as horrible as the Agenda EP released last year. Not surprisingly Hotspot is a space-time capsule, but the advantage of Pet Shop Boys is that they lived there to have it in their blood, which brings them a real legitimacy and a coherent sound. Then finally it's not too bad this album.

True to themselves, they seem to enjoy themselves and they play it, good for them. After all it's a rather winning choice because the big fans of the 80/90 synthpop and 90/00 dance ... read more
ErickNya
50
Esto inició siendo un desastre

Si, inició siendo un desastre, se puso decente, en realidad bueno, llegue a disfrutarlo, pero terminó fatal, "Wedding In Berlin" es el peor cierre de un álbum que he escuchado, y eso que este año me he sorprendido con tanto albumes regulares.

Venga, no puedo decir nada más, ya venía venir esto y no se ni porque lo escuché, es demasiado olvidable a pesar de que se nota el esfuerzo de la ... read more
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Track List

  1. Will-o-the-wisp
  2. You are the one
  3. Happy people
  4. Dreamland (feat. Years & Years)
  5. Hoping for a miracle
  6. I don't wanna
  7. Monkey business
  8. Only the dark
  9. Burning the heather
  10. Wedding in Berlin
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