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CD Review: Pet Shop Boys

Yes (Astralwerks)

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Pet Shop Boys have been doing their gay Euro-disco thing for almost a quarter century now. On their 10th album, they still sound like sprightly young men. Naturally, the beats have slowed down some and the hooks aren't as abundant as they were back when the Boys were making great singles in the '80s, but Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe swathe Yes in layers of royal-sounding synths and rhythmic pop. There's plenty of intentionally hollow glamour here: On "Beautiful People," Tennant sings, "I want to live like beautiful people" in a detached tone that suggests he'd rather be kicking it at home watching Gossip Girl. And on "Love etc." "You don't have to be beautiful, but it helps." The Boys' drollness courses through Yes' grooves like their lives depended on it. After all these years, they're still gloriously bitchy. Gallucci

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