Title - 'Pandemonium Live' (Astralwerks)
Artist - Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys have been letting their game drop a little lately with some uninspired tours a few years ago and spasmodic releases of uneven material. In this concert they once again demonstrate why they are still to be considered kings of pop music and one of the most impactful groups of the past 3 decades. And by selecting judiciously and by stunning presentations and performances they even lift some of the best of their recent creations and show them for the stunning pieces they are.
To say nothing of the revitalising of their greatest standards as they reinvent them once again. For example, Suburbia is showcased with an intro that makes it spine chillingly brilliant and What Have I Done To Deserve This, presented as a quasi tribute to Dusty Springfield, is nostalgic, moving and up to date, all at the same time.
In short, this concert at London's O2 Arena is superb. Great sound, design, visuals and performances. They are at the top of their game and, as they signalled at the British pop awards this year, they are still a force to be reckoned with. The CD is a faithful record of an impeccable performance but it is the DVD that really shows what a superlative concert this is.
Production values a ten out of ten in every field and it's some of the material not on the cd and some even not in the official concert DVD that starts to set them apart. To see what I mean, follow through to the DVD extras to catch the final few gems that cap off a thrilling piece of modern performance art delivered by masters of the game. Highly recommended. [RA]