The urban poetry atop synth sorcery that is Hotspot – the last in a trilogy of Stuart Price-produced Pet Shop Boys albums – is gilded by Neil Tennant’s unmistakeable, wistful-yet-hopeful robotic timbre.
Opener Will-o-the-Wisp peacocks like the dandy described through song (“You were always such a free spirit/ A bright-eyed, eager chap/ A will-o-the-wisp/ And charming with it/ In your battered leather cap”). Downtempo, pensive new single Burning The Heather features Suede’s Bernard Butler on guitar and banging closer Wedding In Berlin incorporates a wonky Mendelssohn’s Wedding March – that’s your munted nuptials sorted, then! Long may the kings of making us dance with hands in the air and tears in our eyes reign!
Hotspot by Pet Shop Boys is out January 14 via x2 Recordings.
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