“Bilingual” the Pet Shop Boys Album reviewDecember 14th, 1996 | Posted by in Home
If you have any knowledge whatsoever about the Pet Shop Boys, you probably know that they are from England, and they’ve had a few excellent pop tracks such as “Go West,” “It’s a Sin,” and “West End Girls.” You also probably know that they are an all time favorite of Asian pop listeners. Well, PSB has stepped back into limelight with its new album entitled “Bilingual.”
The album has been a major success, in fact, currently it has been the biggest success of any PSB album since 1986′s “Please.” The boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, sing and rap about their sexuality, energy, and power. A very danceable album, “Bilingual” features two kicking tracks that will have DJ’s spinning those tunes for years to come. The songs are “Metamorphosis” and “Before.” Tennant sings about his change from a straight man to a gay man in “Metamorphosis.” When you first hear the song, the lyrics and rap are not the first things that attract you. Metatmorphosis features trumpets, a guitar, a techno beat that is of the 22 beat nature, and a melody that is a perfect blend of voice and instruments. Lyrics such as, “You know a man, who experiences this, a total metamorphosis. Its all about love, thats a metamorphosis,” tells you just how serious Tennant is about his sexuality. The universal appeal of this song is very strong. Even if you are not in favor with Tennant’s theme, this song has a beat you can grind the floor up with. “Before” was the albums first single, and it reached up to #7 on the pop/dance charts. The song features internationally known diva Barbara Tucker on background vocals, and Tennant singing beautifully in his high pitched voice. The song talks about trying not to settle on a relationship, because you may never know who may come along. I find the song’s keyboard riff astonishing. Lowe samples a melody over and over again, so it becomes engulfed in your head. While dancing, walking, or driving to this song, you can’t do anything but relax and enjoy this melody.
Other solid tracks on the album are “Red Letter Day,” “Up Against it,” and “Discoteca.” The Pet Shop Boys are back. By changing their old mellow beat to a fast paced, nefarious techno-whip, the boys prove that they belong in the limelight and deserve to stay there for quite some time.
One Price’s Rating (out of 5): 4.5