Favorite Albums of 2012: #10

10. Pet Shop Boys – Elysium

Coming off the poppy and peppy Yes, it is expected that the Boys would go a bit more somber on their new one. The expectation is correct. Elysium is Behaviour, Part 2. The feel of Behaviour was looking back with bittersweet notions while Elysium is looking at the now and realizing the years gone by. Yes, these Boys are old and when they aren’t poking fun, they are quite profound. There are songs here beautiful and sublime. Unfortunately, the album has one, if not two, of their worst songs. Both make fun of the music industry. “Your Early Stuff” is in the voice of someone younger looking at PSB’s career while in the middle of this collection is the horrible “Ego Music” which slams the likes of Kanye. Unfortunately, both are missing the ironic tongue-in-cheek that say, “How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously,” has. The good news is the further from the center you get, the better the songs. “Invisible” is an honest look at being too old to go out, “Memory of the Future” is a yearning love song, “Leaving” is a stunning break up song, and “Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin” is their best swan song since “Jealousy” and the only song that doesn’t look at the now. It’s an earnest homage to a lost friend. Even with its missteps, Elysium is Pet Shop Boys throughout and includes songs that no PSB fan should be without.

Favorite songs: “Leaving,” “Invisible,” “Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin”

2 thoughts on “Favorite Albums of 2012: #10

  1. So… my #1 is your #10. Interesting! Now I am very curious about #1-9! “Elysium” had two things going against it for me… 1) No classic Pet Shop Boys dance tracks. 2) Some truly awful, awful songs. But, in the end, what was left was so beautiful that I ended up loving the album. “Memory of the Future” is one of my all-time favorite PSB tracks.

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