5. Pet Shop Boys – Super
There’s much more country in this year’s list than in the past. Why do I bring this up during a Pet Shop Boys review? Start up Super and you’ll hear “Happiness” — which sounds like a continuation of their incredible Electric from 2013. Then the chorus hits. Suddenly, you’re on the soundstage of 1950’s western sitting around a campfire while the Boys plan all dressed up in cowboy drag. While this is really the only surprise Super offers up, it’s still a solid pop album with only a couple of clunkers. The Boys are planning a Stuart Price-produced trilogy with Electric feeling like a night out at the club, Super being the pop-song collection, and a ballad album coming soon. It’s amazing 35 years into their career they are still producing quality music.
Favorite songs: “Happiness,” “Groovy,” “Say It to Me,” “Burn”