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Electric (X2)

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Though the hit-making peak for Pet Shop Boys was 25 years ago, that’s more a reflection of mass obsession today for the new and transgressive than a reduced pop flair. Nothing on Electric will make you forget West End Girls, but there’s still jump in the fastball. Now into their 50s, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe retain cachet as a live act. The songs on an album get room to nudge into chatty Chumbawumba territory, like “Love is a Bourgeois Construct.” Dance, you post-grad anarchists! Add a faithful Springsteen cover (“The Last to Die”), electronic skronk (“Shouting in the Evening”) and at least one perfect groove (“Thursday”) and expectations are surpassed.

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