RELEASE
April 25, 2005
LABEL
DMC
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Ambient Techno, Soul, Techno, Garage, Disco, Club/Dance

Album Review

Across two discs, Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant come up with one of the better volumes in the Back to Mine series. The approaches to their respective sets couldn't be more different, yet both prove to be mostly effective. Lowe's disc looks like it was thrown together in fevered haste, as if he had been given an hour's notice before an impromptu late-night gathering at his place. Longtime Pet Shop Boys fans will notice that this disc is stocked with a number of early-'80s dance classics that have been mentioned throughout the years in interviews, including the Flirts' "Passion." Produced by Bobby Orlando, the song was such an inspiration that Lowe has often gone into detail about how there would be no Pet Shop Boys without it. Containing more energy than any other Back to Mine disc, you can see Lowe rifling through his collection, tossing the occasional favorite on to a pile behind him, and thinking of a running order on the fly. The only spot where this method fails is Queen's "The Show Must Go On," which sounds displaced between Justice vs. Simian's "Never Be Alone" (tailor-made for an action scene in a Jamie Oliver cooking program) and Celestial Choir's "Stand on the Word" (a Larry Levan-produced gospel-house prototype capable of moving any body). Tennant's disc, to provide much contrast, must've been pieced together over a longer duration, with deep contemplation and a few rounds of trial and error. The manner in which each track melts into the next makes it obvious that he's had plenty of mix-making experience. His sequence is much more subdued, geared toward the series' original intention, with a very balanced flow through comforting ambient washes, Satie-like pianos, plangent strings, and delicately-strummed acoustic guitars. The mood is uniform, the sources diverse: minimalist German techno pin-ups Closer Musik, meet Romanian film composer Vladimir Cosma; New Zealand's space age Video Kid, meet European romantic Etienne Daho. The common denominator between the two discs, naturally, is Dusty Springfield.
Andy Kellman, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Don't Cry Tonight
  2. Take a Chance
  3. Dirty Talk
  4. Passion
  5. Ti Sento
  6. Never Be Alone
  7. The Show Must Go On
  8. Stand on the Word
  9. I Was Born This Way
  10. I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love
  11. Traum
  12. Pulse Pause Repeat
  13. Microgravity
  14. Come In! (II Movement)
  15. Promenade Sentimentale (Sentimental Walk)
  16. La Baie
  17. Tiny
  18. Laura's Theme
  19. One Two Three No Gravity [Dettinger Mix]
  20. Goin' Back
  21. Lunz
  22. Sospiri Op.70
  23. DD Rhodes
  24. Video Kid
  25. Movement
  26. At Dusk
  27. Melodie Opus 47 No. 3