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Pet Shop Boys: Yes

The “elder statesmen of electro-pop” are still making “sweeping, orchestral dance pop,” though their lyrics have taken a more philosophical turn. 

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Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have long since settled into their roles as the “elder statesmen of electro-pop,” said James Reed in The Boston Globe. For nearly 25 years, the British duo have been “a genre unto themselves,” and their 10th album finds them still making “sweeping, orchestral dance pop.” The Pet Shop Boys “were to pop what the Smiths were to indie,” said Dan Martin in New Musical Express— the “most intellectual, British, and fey practitioners” of the genre. On Yes they support the “notion that pop doesn’t have to be stupid.” They take a philosophical turn on “Legacy,” singing, “Time will pass / Governments fall / Glaciers melt / Hurricanes bawl.” The dance-club-ready “More Than a Dream” moves in ways they haven’t since “New York City Boy.” The Pet Shop Boys got their start capturing the demimonde of the ’80s, said Melissa Maerz in Entertainment Weekly. Today, “Beautiful People” is the “perfect lullaby” for the Gossip Girl generation. As the economy continues to crumble, “no one writes better dance-pop odes to the Fallen Empire of the Feel-Good Class.”

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