Pet Shop Boys’ last album, “Elysium,” 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 Moroder-inspired electronic soul. Stuart Price, the producer who put the jumper cables on Madonna for 2005’s “Confessions on a Dance Floor”, coaxes the best out of the Boys here for some of their finest dancefloor 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 a choral ensemble, not unlike the one employed for the stellar “A Red Letter Day,” emerges behind him. After 30 years in the clubs, Tennant proclaims that the night is still young, and we believe him. A remarkable feat. Welcome back, Boys. (Out Tuesday) CHRISTOPHER MUTHER
ALBUM REVIEW | POP
Pet Shop Boys, ‘Electric’
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