Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2020 Ratings: #508 / 797
User Score
Based on 203 ratings
2020 Ratings: #806
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January 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
x2 / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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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 Independent

You sense this album is intended as an expression of hope for the future, rather than a fond look back.

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
PopMatters

The Pet Shop Boys enter the new decade sounding just as current and catchy as the pop landscape they helped construct.

80
NME

There’s no jolting shock-of-the-new: they’re just reassuringly here, refining what they do best.

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.

80
Slant Magazine

Hotspot consistently points to potential joy amid a backdrop of dread.

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
Gigwise

They create music with expert flair and ever-present skill. Their songs are a relevant comment on human emotion, and current affairs, with a banging, happy sound.

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.

70
Sputnikmusic

Despite its flaws, Hotspot deserves its place on the upper shelf of Pet Shop Boys’ discography.

68
Paste

The album’s highs are high enough to further prove that the duo has had the most consistent career of any of their synth-pop peers. But their best play will likely be to move beyond the Stuart Price era and pump some fresh blood into their creative veins.

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.

60
Crack Magazine

For all the bizarre choices and sidesteps made on Hotspot, Pet Shop Boys live up to their own adage of never being boring.

60
No Ripcord

On Hotspot, their latest, the duo remain steadfast to that commitment with creamy, dancefloor-ready techno —joyously documenting the anticipation before a night out.

snowman
20
I never thought I'd hear Pet Shop Boys on a trap beat. Can we get a West End Girls remix with dababy?
Ana_Paula007
69
Will-o-the-wisp - 8.3/10
You are the one - 8.2/10
Happy people - 7.0/10
Dreamland (feat. Years & Years) - 8.3/10
Hoping for a miracle - 6.0/10
I don't wanna - 6.0/10
Monkey business - 6.6/10
Only the dark - 6.6/10
Burning the heather - 7.2/10
Wedding in Berlin 5.5/10

Nota: 69💚
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.
Davibitt1234
70
Will-o-the-wisp-8.2💚
You are the one-7.2💚
Happy people-7.6💚
Dreamland-8.2💚
Hoping for a miracle-7.1💚
I don’t wanna-6.4💚
Monkey business-7.5💚
Only the dark-6.5💚
Burning the heather-6.6💚
Wedding in berlin-4.7💛

Final rate:70💚

O álbum começa muito bem, as primeiras 5 faixas são ótimas porem depois da quinta faixa o álbum começa a ficar chato e o álbum termina com a medíocre “Wedding in ... read more
Houdanny
38
I’ve always had a frustrating relationship with Pet Shop Boys’ music. They have a pretty extensive catalogue at this point, considering they’ve been actively releasing music since the 1980’s at this point. But their career seems to snag and stagnate way more often than it should, and it’s been this way for a quarter of a century at this point. They occasionally strike gold, like 2013’s “Electric”, which saw them undergo an EDM reinvention. But ... 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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Added on: September 11, 2019