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Love, Etc. [Single, Import]

Pet Shop BoysAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B001R4MEVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love etc. (album version)
2. Gin And Jag (non-album track)

Editorial Reviews

UK two-track CD single, the first released from their 2009 album, Yes includes the album version of the title track and the non-album 'Gin and Jag'. Pet Shop Boys describe the song as 'a post-lifestyle anthem which sounds like nothing we've done before.' EMI. 2009.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't have to be beautiful but it helps." March 24, 2009
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Pet Shop Boy's new single is the upbeat "Love Etc." The song is about the hollowness of living the material life without love; certainly a well-worn topic, but the boys manage to craft a solid single. The song has a catchy if repetitive chorus - You need more/ you need more/ you need more/ you need loooooove. I prefer the verses, with background singers chanting phrases like "don't have to have" leading into Neil enumerating various trappings of money, such as "a house in Beverly Hills." In terms of style, "Love Etc." would have sounded very much at home on their last CD, "Fundamental," and reminds me more than a little of a cross between "Minimal" and "Psychological." I have to admit that I don't find "Love Etc." to be the most original PSB single, but I still like it.

"We're All Criminals Now" is a companion piece of sorts to "Integral" from their 2006 CD, "Fundamental." Both songs decry the decreasing privacy and increasing surveillance in Britain in the name of ending terrorism. The lyrics are cynical - Videoed on the subway/ reading the news and then/ walking along the High Street/ videod once again/ waiting for a bus in Stockwell/ cameras on my back. In this world, we're all presumed to be potential criminal and terrorists. However, the song sounds rather cheerful and danceable - a classic example of PSBs setting despairing lyrics to a "disco beat" (or at least a pretty danceable beat here). It's arguably their strongest b-side since 2006's "The Resurrectionist," and this song alone is worth the price of this download, raising a 4-star rating to a 5-star rating for me.

The second b-side is "Gin and Jag." Apparently, "gin and jag" is a British term for someone rather wealthy and jaded; someone who might drink gin and drive a Jaguar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice mix for the dedicated PSB fan April 6, 2009
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I'm a long-time Pet Shop Boys fan, and I can say that they are truly my favorite band of all time. They have a very loyal fan base who will buy just about anything, and I'm in that crowd. So be warned...

The mixes on this CD all offer something unique. Clever dance grooves abound; this makes a great addition to my collection. I will say that none of the mixes compare to the album (single) version, but if you are a PSB addict, you should pick up this CD. For the rest of the world, you should probably pass and just pick up the new album "Yes" instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You need more!" March 24, 2009
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Pet Shop Boy's new single is the upbeat "Love Etc." The song is about the hollowness of living the material life without love; certainly a well-worn topic, but the boys manage to craft a solid single. The song has a catchy if repetitive chorus - You need more/ you need more/ you need more/ you need loooooove. I prefer the verses, with background singers chanting phrases like "don't have to have" leading into Neil enumerating various trappings of money, such as "a house in Beverly Hills." In terms of style, "Love Etc." would have sounded very much at home on their last CD, "Fundamental," and reminds me more than a little of a cross between "Minimal" and "Psychological." I have to admit that I don't find "Love Etc." to be the most original PSB single, but I still like it.

This single features 5 remixes of "Love Etc." The first mix is the best one and was done by PSBs themselves. They really elevate the song, and I think it's one of their best remixes in years. Whereas the original single is bubbly pop, their remix is pure throbbing electronica. The background vocals are different from the original; they either rerecorded them or pared them down. The song also changes midway through, becoming darker and fuzzier. The second mix is by Gui Borrato, a talented Brazilian remixer who has worked with the likes of Goldfrapp. He chops up the beats resulting in a sexy syncopated sound. It's arguably the most cutting-edge of the remixes. The Kurd Maverick mix is the quirkiest. Most of Neil's vocals are stripped from the song, with the background singers repeating "don't have to" almost chant-like. It's totally unlike the original single, with a decidedly 90s feel - lots of swirling synths and a Spanish-style guitar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the "Love, Etc" remixes. January 14, 2013
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I'm not a Pet Shop Boys fan, per se, but I like them on occasion. When I heard "Love, Etc" for the first time, I was intrigued enough to hunt down a little background on it, and found a host of fun remixes online.

Some of those remixes are on this disc (as well as the original), though not all of them. The remixes are better than the original, in my humble opinion, but the original "Love, Etc." is still a great track. Buy this disc if you can find it used and a little less expensive, but I don't think it's worth picking up new.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Gui Boratto Mix! April 7, 2009
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If you only have $0.99 (or international equivalent), get the Gui Boratto mix. Otherwise, purchase the whole thing. All the mixes are quite good, but the Gui Boratto mix is the clear winner here.

When I heard that PSB were coming out with a new album I was seriously hoping there would be mixes from Gui Boratto, especially after hearing his version of Sam Taylor-Wood & PSB's "I'm In Love with a German Film Star," and I'm very pleased that they delivered. I highly recommend his other works as well (like "Chromophobia" and "Take My Breath Away" on Kompakt).

Like I said, the other mixes are decent as well, but I was a little disappointed that the Frankmusik Star & Garter Dub was only 3:22 in length, since that was one of the more interesting tracks in the collection.
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