Cool Spin: Pet Shop Boys, ‘Super’
Super marks the second in a reported trilogy of albums the Pet Shop Boys are recording with uber-pop producer Stuart Price. Written in Berlin and London, Super was recorded with Price in Los Angeles. The duo has drafted the blueprint for electronic dance pop with tremendous results. No matter what the era, Pet Shop Boys have kept their aesthetic, which lends itself to the dancefloor as much as it does to the radio.
With the dancefloor finding its way to the radio, the Pet Shop Boys are following, with predictable hands-in-the-air numbers “Pazzo!” and “Inner Sanctum.” Alternatively, the storytelling nursery rhyme lyrics and bouncy synth lines of “The Pop Kids” rewinds to early ‘90s Italian house. When Super works best is when it keeps things simple. Delightful songs like the straightforward “Groovy” and playful “Undertow” reference Pet Shop Boys’ own rich history, which is the best place from which the two should pillage.
All songs written by Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe, performed and programmed by Pet Shop Boys, produced and mixed by Stuart Price, engineering: Stuart Price, Pete Gleadall, additional programming: Stuart Price, additional vocals on “Undertow”: Jessica Freedman, additional vocals on “Burn”: Nayana Holley, mastered by Tim Young at Metropolis