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2009 release, the 10th album from the British Electronic duo. In what is surely the Pop collaboration of 2009, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have teamed up with the hit production team Xenomania (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Gabriella Cilmi, etc.) for this release. As usual, Neil and Chris have handled the majority of the songwriting though there are three co-writes on the album plus a little assistance from Tchaikovsky on 'All Over The world'. Why not let the boys describe it themselves? 'This album is amazing and it was great working with Xenomania!' (Chris). 'It's a fantastic, wide-ranging, Pop record.' (Neil). Includes contributions from Johnny Marr (Smiths, Modest Mouse) and string arranger Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire, Last Shadow Puppets). Features the first single 'Love Etc'.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Etc
  2. All Over The World
  3. Beautiful People
  4. Did You See Me Coming?
  5. Vulnerable
  6. More Than A Dream
  7. Building A Wall
  8. King Of Rome
  9. Pandemonium
  10. The Way It Used To Be
  11. Legacy

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • ASIN: B001RTP48Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Chris D. on April 22, 2009
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"Yes", the 10th studio album from the Pet Shop Boys, is a solid album and a pleasant surprise after the somewhat disappointing "Release" and "Fundamental". Is it the best thing since "Very"? Quite possibly. There really isn't a bad song in the bunch. Politics take a back seat this time around, and the lyrics focus on more personal issues - love and relationships (both the successful and failed variety) Johnny Marr returns to contribute some guitar (and harmonica) work. Some of you may be disappointed to hear that there is no huge, overblown production like "Go West" this time around (I confess to being mildly disappointed myself).

My personal favorites (so far): "All Over The World" (reminds me of a more beat-heavy "Se A Vida E"), "King of Rome" (a somber ballad in the vein of "Do I Have To?"), "Pandemonium" (an upbeat stomper) and the odd closer, "Legacy" (as another reviewer noted, similar in feel to something off of "Behaviour"). I was a little disappointed with "This Used To Be The Future" on the bonus disc - it's nice to hear from Phil Oakey, but something about the song just didn't work for me. The dub mixes are pretty much what you'd expect.

A couple of notes about the package itself: the set comes in a folding glossy cardboard case that - for some reason - is 6" long rather than the standard 5.5", as I discovered when I tried to put it into the storage compartment in my car's dashboard and it wouldn't fit. I can tell that the extra half-inch is going to cause me annoyance. It also comes with a booklet containing the lyrics to all of the songs and the production credits.

If you have stuck with the Pet Shop Boys to this point, I don't have to urge you to pick this one up - you probably already have. If you are new to the Pet Shop Boys, you could do worse than start with "Yes". Thanks Neil and Chris!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lost In 80's on April 10, 2009
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Yes the Pet Shop Boys are one of the very few bands that have delivered consistently good pop records for 25 years. And yes, Yes is one their best albums they have made in that time, dare I say it at least as good as Behaviour. There's great depth here, fantastic dance tracks, majestic melancholy and just brilliant pop music that fit almost as well into today's scene as it would have done 2 decades ago.

There's much for 80's music fans to love; the infectious Did You See Me Coming would not be out of place on a New Order record; Vulnerable could have been lifted straight off Behaviour, but equally Love etc and Pandemonium amongst others could have come at any point since. Amazingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, all the songs on Yes are excellent. My favourite track is King Of Rome, it has that Jealousy feel to it; melancholy in spades; Neil's haunting voice losing nothing in all this time.

20 years ago Yes would have hit the number 1 spot with ease, many of tracks would have got to number 1 in the singles chart too had they been released. Would that be the case now, I wish - where is quality today, so lacking in an "Idle" world?

This record deserves a wide audience. If you have not discovered the Pet Shop Boys start here and then buy Behaviour, then Please, Actually and Fundamental. You will be rewarded.

If you can grab the extraordinary 2CD limited edition Yes, etc. as it seems to be disappearing fast. The bonus disc contains a brilliant duet of Neil and Philip Oakey on This Used To Be The Future - it's PSB meets Human League to brilliant effect.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on April 8, 2009
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I've seen a number of magazine reviews of Pet Shop Boy's new CD, "Yes," claiming that it's their best since "Nightlife" (1999) or even "Very" (1993). I was skeptical at first; however, after repeated listens, I have to agree. Now, I love pretty much everything PSB do, but "Yes" is pretty spectacular, with a heavy emphasis on lush vocals and strings layered over dance beats, which is the sound that made me such a fan of PSBs back in the 1980s.

The first 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." I have to admit that I don't find "Love Etc." to be the most original PSB single, but I do like it. In the U.K., the boys continue to have solid success. "Love Etc." debuted at #14 on the singles charts, continuing their trend of top 20 hits (only two of their singles have ever peaked lower - "Was It Worth It" in 1991 and "Numb" in 2006).

My favorite song on "Yes" is the lush, mid-tempo "King of Rome," which reminds me of some of their slower moments from the "Behaviour" era, such as "Only the Wind" or "To Face the Truth." The melody is beautiful and Neil's vocals positively throb with melancholia. I also love the danceable "All Over the World," which is probably the most stereotypically PSB song on the CD. Sampling Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," the song is upbeat, joyous, and a bit over the top in the tradition of other great PSB anthems.
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Worst Album to date?!?
They are simply trying to serve a bulky number of fans, including me, who have found Release too moody and Fundamental too political to dance and sing along so that may be simply the new concept...Can't every album be a Behaviour or Fundamental.

And it is miles better than turgid Nightlife,... Read More
Apr 12, 2009 by A guy loving talented guys |  See all 32 posts
What is on the limited edition for Pet Shop Boys Yes cd?
According to their official website the second disc contains a new song with guest vocalist Phil Oakey (Human League!) and six dub mixes of tracks off the new CD. According to the item, it was inspired by Human League's "Love and Dancing" EP.
Feb 16, 2009 by Eric K. Schulz |  See all 6 posts
Samples of album...
I've heard the new disc and I'm pleasantly surprised! It's truly a classic PSB release with quite a few songs that will end up in a future greatest hits compilation. Cheers to the PSB for continuing the magic!
Apr 8, 2009 by The Lunar Camel |  See all 3 posts
Great Pop album
It is a very fresh breath after a bumpy right that started with Nightlife and continued through Release and Fundamental...I can't stop listening to both Yes and Etc:)
Apr 11, 2009 by A guy loving talented guys |  See all 5 posts
Worth $60 for one track?
You're totally right! Just because of one song? No way!
Jun 1, 2009 by Nicolas Velasco |  See all 3 posts
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