Pet Shop Boys - Electric
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2013 Ratings: #73 / 955
User Score
Based on 71 ratings
2013 Ratings: #205
July 15, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

This is the most essential album Pet Shop Boys have made in 20 years

90
Drowned in Sound

It’s absurdly furious dance music, sounding more like Squarepusher than any sane person could ever have expected. 

87
Paste

The duo impressively join a raft of other legacy artists (David Bowie, Black Sabbath) in proving that getting older doesn’t mean you have to lose your passion for creativity or, in the case of Electric, your libido.

83
A.V. Club

Most often, Electric generously references the type of sophisticated electropop that Pet Shop Boys pioneered on early albums Please and Actually

80
The 405

Their latest effort feels so fresh and vital that one can hardly believe that Tennant will be 60 next year; Pet Shop Boys are back in the prime of life, and their sound is electrifying.

80
DIY

More than three decades on from the day the pair first met in an electronics shop on the King's Road the Pet Shop Boys still manage to pack more ideas in an album than many others do in a thirty year career.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Electric is a work of renewed purpose, whose short time-frame and scant tracklist belie the gems that lie within. 

80
AllMusic

An excellent, unexpected, and infectious triumph.

80
NME

Huge. Tasteful. Funny. Touching. Direct. Clever. As an exercise is sounding totally, defiantly alive, it is a complete success. 

80
PopMatters

Electric is not only Pet Shop Boys’ heartfelt valentine to electronic dance music but also a reclamation of their part in its history. 

80
Spin

Tennant and Lowe's rueful melodies and vocals dilute the euphoria. Classic Pet Shop Boys, in other words.

75
Under The Radar

Tennant and Chris Lowe hit far more often than they miss here; Electric is the most boisterous and lively Pet Shop Boys album since Very.

70
Consequence of Sound

Age has not impaired Pet Shop Boys and the duo remains alive, proud, and for much of the time, electric.

70
Pitchfork

Electric is their most immediate, jubilant record in at least a decade-- a return to a couple of elements of their work that had been lying fallow for too long.

MinatoArisato
65
A return to form back to their synth pop roots. Electric has a lot to love but still feels somewhat dated and bland.

Best Track: Axis
Worst Track: Vocal
CheapandLethal
35
Very poor
estenaosoueu
80
Their most solid record since their 1988 'Introspective'
CarolineMcLavy1
90
I was so glad to hear ‘Axis’ on the radio previewing the release of ‘Electric’ Pet Shop Boys are back to the electro synth roots yeah!!

I did enjoy ‘Elysium’ but like a lot of people ‘Electric’ was the album we’ve been waiting for and we didn’t even know it.

There’s some great songs to really get into and other ones that are better in the background – driving or partying to for example.

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tha138
NR
Their most decent effort in the last ... 20 years!
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Track List

  1. Axis
  2. Bolshy
  3. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
  4. Fluorescent
  5. Inside A Dream
  6. The Last To Die
  7. Shouting In The Evening
  8. Thursday
  9. Vocal
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