Elysium: Further Listening 2011-2012

Elysium: Further Listening 2011-2012

by Pet Shop Boys

CD(Remastered)

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Overview

Besides being mostly midtempo and mostly mid-temperature, Pet Shop Boys' 11th studio album is an oddly structured effort, giving up its theme during track number four, a seemingly throwaway, two-and-a-half-minute ditty called "Your Early Stuff." They may be dashing, tasteful pop craftsmen to their fans, but Elysium's prime number finds them pre-gig and stuck with a cabbie who sees this duo as A Flock of Seagulls-styled nostalgic fluff, where haircuts and videos are discussed before anyone remembers the song was called "West End Girls." Good news, because PSB's catty moments are some of their most delicious, and while the fine "Ego Music" ("In the sea of negativity/I'm the Statue of Liberty/That's why people love me/It's humbling") balances bliss and spite with the grace of their 1991 single "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?," feeling prickly is out of fashion when the Olympics come to town, and this is the Pet Shop Boys album with their Olympic single "Winner." Low-key and still triumphant, the cut feels like fists in the air while wearing tasteful trench coats, and without the usual panache, this misty victory is still an acquired taste. The hooky "A Face Like That," on the other hand, is winning crossover, paying extra dividends to fan club members who will see it as a sped-up "Love Comes Quickly," and with ironic swan song "Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin" soaring with classical arrangements, Derek Jarman references, and memories of "the clichés, the candles, the mess," the album's awkward juggling of self-doubt and spectacle is on point for a moment, suggesting return visits to Elysium will provide answers and insight, Behaviour-style. Maybe that motorcycle heard at the end of the album is speeding toward a new tomorrow, or maybe it's headed toward the Olympic closing ceremonies for Pet Shop Boys to perform "West End Girls" when they'd prefer to do "Winner." Either way, Elysium is an interesting, sour, and insider-aimed dispatch from backstage, interrupted by some big moments that sound entirely commissioned. [A two-CD Further Listening 2011-2012 edition of Elysium was released in 2017, including a remaster of the original album plus a bonus disc featuring three previously unreleased demos, single B-sides, and a lovely cover of the Bee Gees' "I Started a Joke" that was recorded on the day Robin Gibb passed away. There are also three remixes of album tracks done by the duo themselves, as well as a booklet with in-depth track-by-track notes by the Boys (Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) and a selection of archival photographs.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295852788
catalogNumber: 564402
Rank: 170025

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Alex Brown   Vocals
Carmen Carter   Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Endre Granat   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Peter Kent   Violin
Victor Lawrence   Cello
David Low   Cello
Mark Robertson   Violin
Luther Waters   Vocals
Oren Waters   Vocals
Julia Waters   Vocals
Lisa McCormick   French Horn
Andrew Dawson   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Neli Nikolaeva   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Joel Gibb   Guitar,Vocals
Ryan Hoyle   Drums
Andrew Duckles   Viola
James Fauntleroy   Vocals
Serena McKinney   Violin
Robert Schaer   Trumpet
Jessica van Velzen   Viola
Sonos   Vocals
Maxine Waters   Vocals
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Sam Fischer   Violin
Vivi Rama   Bass
Adam Tressler   Guitar
Joachim Horsley   Conductor
Jim Thatcher   French Horn
Tim Landauer   Cello
Matt Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Arranger,Producer,Remixing,Additional Production
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Robert Fernandez   Engineer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Pete Gleadall   Programming,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Chris Lowe   Composer,Producer
Michael Riley   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Neil Tennant   Composer,Producer
Andrew Dawson   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestral Arrangements,Photo Booklet
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Rudyard Kipling   Composer
Stuart Price   Remixing,Additional Production
Ryan Hoyle   Drum Engineering
Chris Heath   Introduction,Interviewer
Ben Leathers   Orchestral Arrangements
Joachim Horsley   Orchestral Arrangements
Ashish Karora   Image Manipulation

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