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# Song Title   Time
1)    Home and Dry
2)    I Get Along
3)    Birthday Boy
4)    London
5)    E-Mail
6)    Samurai in Autumn, The
7)    Love Is a Catastrophe
8)    Here
9)    Night I Fell in Love, The
10)    You Choose
 
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Performer Notes
  • Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Chris Lowe (keyboards, programming).
  • Additional personnel includes: Johnny Marr (guitar); Chris Zippel (keyboards); Steve Walters (bass); Jodie Linscott (percussion).
  • Recorded at Studio PSB and Sony Music Studios, London, England.
  • RELEASE was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards For Best Recording Package.
  • This is an Enhanced CD, which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. This Limited version also includes a bonus disc and features four different versions of cover art.
  • Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Chris Lowe (keyboards, programming).
  • Additional personnel includes: Little Mike (guitar, bass); Johnny Marr (guitar); Chris Zippel (keyboards); Steve Walters (bass); Jodie Linscott (percussion).
  • RELEASE was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards For Best Recording Package.
  • RELEASE is a collection of 10 melodic tunes by the UK's Pet Shop Boys and includes the tracks "Home And Dry," "Birthday Boy," and "You Choose."
  • Those whose minds are fixed on yesterday (read: the '80s) may forever associate the slyly intellectual pop duo Pet Shop Boys with now-cliche electronic dance flavors. Any expectation of nostalgia for such an approach on RELEASE is bound to be met with more than a little surprise. While there are sophisticated, percolating dance beats to be found in "The Samurai in Autumn" and some mildly danceable rhythm loops are heard elsewhere, this is an extremely organic album that occasionally verges on (dare it be said?) rock, or at least pop-rock. The cinematic, piano-driven torch song-in-denial "I Get Along" could have been penned by a more enlightened Elton John. The throaty vocals and lush, orchestral pop accompaniment of "Birthday Boy" bear echoes of Spiritualized's "pop" opus LET IT COME DOWN. Thus, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe manage to retain the tone of their initial vision without falling prey to the creeping morass of '80s retro fever, and good for them.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/23/02, p.82) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...[For] admirers of melodic craft and pointed poetry--even those stricken with synth-pop allergies..."

Q (4/02, p.119) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...The mood is reflective, the touchstones teary Oasis ballads, and the new 'proper band' architecture well-suits these touching, often funny songs..."

Mojo (Publisher) (April 2002, p.108) - "...A masterclass in delicately infected irony to the accompaniment of mild guitars....looming melancholy and not-quite-cheery disco by the pound..."
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