On their latest release, England’s Pet Shop Boys (singer-keyboardist Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe) also prove they haven’t lost a sonic step.
“Yes” is a bona fide gem, with the instantly- “Beautiful People” recalling the duo’s best-known classics (“West End Girls” and “It’s a Sin”). But “Yes” is a strong album from start to finish, with “Love etc.,” “Did you see me coming?” and “The way it used to be” also delivering dance-minded songcraft.
The album’s production is excellent, with the lushly-textured “King of Rome” and “Legacy” showcasing the dreamy reaches of Pet Shop Boys’ magical blend of electronic and synthesizer pop soundscapes.
Now comes word from the duo's label EMI that a Pet Shop Boys tour in coming to Canada and the U.S. later this summer. Here is the release that arrived in my inbox this morning.
PET SHOP BOYS BRING PANDEMONIUM ON TOUR TO NORTH AMERICA, Aug. 29 - Sept. 26, 2009
Month long tour kicks off in Montreal on August 29 and ends in Vegas on September 26
"Yes," that's the name of Pet Shop Boys tenth studio album.
"Yes," it's their highest-charting record since 1993's "Very."
Yes, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe's career as Pet Shop Boys spans over two decades and they have sold over 30 million albums.
Yes, Pet Shop Boys will bring Pandemonium on tour to North America this Fall.
Yes, The Pandemonium Tour is a multi-media show that will include Pet Shop Boys' greatest hits and celebrate the new album.
Yes, it will be directed by Es Devlin, choreographed by Lynne Page with live music produced by Stuart Price.
Yes, it's a very 'up' show, one you won't want to sit down for....
Yes, Chris Lowe says 'Every night is Friday night' on the tour.
Yes, USA Today said the new album 'affirms their greatness.'
Yes, Entertainment Weekly said that 'No one writes better dance-pop odes'.
Yes, Rolling Stone said "On their excellent 10th album, the music leans toward the ornate, with snatches of Tchaikovsky and spaghetti-Western atmospherics enveloping the synths and house beats."
Yes, People said "Here they're at their best on melancholy-streaked songs such as "Beautiful People".
Yes, their website is www.petshopboys.co.uk.
The Pet Shop Boys will be offering pre-sale tickets to their online community for the up-coming North American dates. In addition, a limited number of VIP packages (including the opportunity to meet Neil and Chris) will be made available for purchase. The pre-sale will begin Monday, June 8th, at 1:00 PM in the time zone of the performance. To purchase pre-sale tickets please click here: http://tix.concertmaps.com/petshopboys
Aug 29 Montreal Metropolis
Sept 1 New York, NY Hammerstein
Sept 2 New York, NY Hammerstein
Sept 3 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
Sept 5 Boston, MA House of Blues
Sept 6 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Sept 9 Miami, FL Fillmore
Sept 10 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay PAC
Sept 11 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Sept 12 Atlanta, GA Chastain
Sept 14 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
Sept 15 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Ballroom
Sept 19 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Centre of Performing Arts
Sept 20 Seattle, WA Moore
Sept 22 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Sept 23 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Sept 24 Los Angeles, CA Greek
Sept 26 Las Vegas, NV Joint