Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2020 Ratings: #366 / 615
User Score
Based on 179 ratings
2020 Ratings: #889
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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 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?
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.
Plats
53
It's a shame becuase "Hotspots" started off really well. A few of the songs have this cheesiness that I think is unironically funny and cool. Unfortunately, that fizzles out for the rest of the album in favor of dated production and a couple of bad moments too.

Like, who the fuck thought "Wedding in Berlin" was a good idea? Apparently, Pet Shop Boys.

Fav Tracks: Will-o-the-wisp, Happy people, I don't wanna, Dreamland,

Least Fav Tracks: Wedding in Berlin, Monkey ... read more
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
TommyCook
62
This is like Maroon 5 eurodance and I can’t say I particularly care for it. Also some blatant Daft Punk rip offs. Some flashes of the old PSB come through which is the only thing that got me through this. The music is somewhat fun and there’s some cool production but what a slog otherwise.
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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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