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Pet Shop Boys


Fifeenth studio album from the English synthpop duo produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Depeche Mode,)

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    They are the Pet Shop Boys, just being the Pet Shop Boys and they’ll be the Pet Shop Boys forever. Thankfully
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  2. 8.0 |   Albumism

    Nonetheless advances the pair’s long anthology of delivering insightful narratives with blissful melodies, stately symphonious ornamentation, and elevated cultural commentary
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    As that peppery title suggests, Nonetheless shows the duo pulling themselves up to full songwriting height, not just forging on, but flourishing
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  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The duo’s first LP in four years finds them refining and updating their late-80s heyday sound, with a new producer in tow
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Their devotion to pop and belief it in its power is affecting and oddly reassuring, particularly because Nonetheless works so well as an album: there's no fat, no excess, so the craft that services the emotion is difficult to deny
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Neil Tennant spins intoxicating tales of dancefloor liberation and queer trailblazers
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  7. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    One of their best albums in years finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe harking back to their past in melancholic reflection
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    There any many other fine moments here; these are merely what moved this writer the most. Taken as a whole, this is an utterly brilliant, dependably polished listen, and one that is unquestionably up there with the best moments in this duo’s storied career
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Tennant takes on a new performance persona that gloriously mixes Butlins Red Coat, stern children’s fiction headmaster and Frankie Howerd
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    The duo work with James Ford on this lush, impressive collection that continues upholds their status as pop greats
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  11. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Nonetheless feels airy and welcoming, qualities that have sometimes eluded its more recent predecessors, it resonates emotionally in ways that befit elder statesmen who can look to the future while comfortably acknowledging the past
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  12. 8.0 |   Dork

    Still at the top of their game and occupying their own esteemed place in the British pop pantheon, the Pet Shop Boys are as familiarly brilliant as ever
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  13. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    This album is for listeners like me for whom their songs have provided the soundtrack for getting ready to go out after the disco nap, for whom their songs have commented on life’s compromises
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