AOTY 2019
Pet Shop Boys - Super
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #351 / 763
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2016 Ratings: #547
April 1, 2016 / Release Date
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Synthpop, Dance Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters
This is the Pet Shop Boys we know and love, familiar but still new and exciting.
80
Drowned in Sound

The thirteenth album from a pop band who formed in the same year Charles and Diana got married has absolutely no right to be anywhere near as addictive or fresh as Super.

80
The Guardian

On its own terms, Super succeeds brilliantly. Price, who has also done great work for Madonna and New Order, is adept at highlighting the core values of pop veterans while adding a contemporary edge.

80
DIY
It’d be easy to label each new album by a classic act as a return to form but that’s not a phrase that applies to here. Instead, ‘Super’ is confirmation of their position at the head of the pop pantheon with an album brimming with excitement and fizzing with energy.
80
musicOMH
Even as they enter a fourth decade their music has an awful lot to say, and is finding increasingly enjoyable ways of saying it.
80
AllMusic
It feels confident, loose, and free like a swaggering epilogue, like the smaller Quantum of Solace following the epic Casino Royale.
70
The Line of Best Fit
The dance tracks blend into one, but any album judged against such a magnificent back catalogue as the Pet Shop Boys' has much to live up to.
70
Slant Magazine
While Price's immaculate production has a way of nearly saving even the weakest tracks here, he's more attuned to sounds than words or narrative, which shortchanges Tennant's skill.
70
Exclaim!

Super finds the Pet Shop Boys maintaining their trademark melodies and throbbing dance anthems, while exhibiting consistency that's made them such a force for the past three decades.

70
Spin

Super rates as less essential than 2013’s marvelous Electric because I don’t hear another “Thursday” or “Love Is a Bourgeois Construct,” no grand conceptual coups like their Springsteen cover.

69
Pitchfork

The second entry in a planned trilogy produced by Price, Super elaborates and intensifies Electric’s approach: Louder, brighter, more. It doesn’t have the sustained arc of that album, but Price specializes in renovating house and disco, modernizing with care, and his small details still beguile.

60
NOW Magazine
Songs ... are sometimes brilliant (The Dictator Decides), sometimes primal (Inner Sanctum) and occasionally predictable (Sad Robot World) and rote (Burn).
58
Consequence of Sound

While Super is not indicative of the next big thing, and a few of the more club-oriented numbers sound more like remixes than actual songs, it’s an enjoyable way of catching up with the Pet Shop Boys while being served something fresh.

55
Under The Radar
All in all, it makes for a record whose potential to be exceptional is all-too frustrating.
exception
63
there are a few catchy rhythms and beats, but there is a huge amount of filler between the better tracks. the pet shop boys' songwriting doesn't really get much worse or much better than they ever have been, but there is a larger portion of the album that is instrumental than with lyrics. super is solid, but not enough to keep the pet shop boys relevant with a completely new generation of listeners.

fav track: the pop kids
tha138
64
Yes, even with the appropriate, technical support, the pop kids are still enjoying their youth and get ready for a wild night at the nearest club.
danielleandrea
60
Happiness 0.63
The Pop Kids 0.88
Twenty-Something 0.89
Groovy 0.90
The Dictator Decides 0.60
Pazzo! 0.64
Inner Sanctum 0.56
Undertow 0.59
Sad Robot World 0.36
Say It to Me 0.45
Burn 0.46
Into Thin Air 0.30

Favorite songs: The Pop Kids, Groovy, Undertow
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Track List

  1. Happiness
  2. The Pop Kids
  3. Twenty-Something
  4. Groovy
  5. The Dictator Decides
  6. Pazzo!
  7. Inner Sanctum
  8. Undertow
  9. Sad Robot World
  10. Say It to Me
  11. Burn
  12. Into Thin Air
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