ALBUM REVIEW: Pet Shop Boys, ‘Electric’

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I listened to the last Pet Shop Boys album, “Elysium,” all of two times. It was beige, assisted living facility synth pop at best. What a difference a year makes. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s 12th album, “Electric” opens with a demand of “Turn It Up” and a quick dive into throbbing Giorgio Moroder-inspired electronic soul. Welcome back, Pet Shop Boys. Stuart Price, the producer who put the jumper cables on Madonna for her “Confessions on a Dance Floor” album, coaxes the best out of the Boys here for some of their finest dance floor work since 1993’s limited edition “Relentless.” The duo pushes heavily on Hi-NRG, but occasionally finds more traditional footing with quintessentially PSB offerings like “Love Is a Bourgeois Construct.” “I’ve been hanging with various riff-raff,” Tennant sniffs as choral ensemble, not unlike the one employed for the stellar “A Red Letter Day,”

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