Pet Shop Boys ‎– Elysium

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Leaving 3:50
Invisible 5:05
Winner 3:50
Your Early Stuff 2:33
A Face Like That 5:07
Breathing Space 5:11
Ego Music 3:06
Hold On 3:20
Give It A Go 3:53
Memory Of The Future 4:32
Everything Means Something 4:51
Requiem In Denim And Leopardskin 5:49

Versions (25)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
P304 3912, 5099930439122 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone P304 3912, 5099930439122 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Elysium - Instrumentals(CDr, Album, Promo, Unofficial) Parlophone (2) none Brazil 2012 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Elysium Instrumental(CDr, Album, Promo) EMI Music Denmark none Denmark 2012 Sell This Version
5099940400457 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(13xFile, AAC, Album, 256 + 2xFile, MPEG-4 Video + ) Parlophone 5099940400457 2012 Sell This Version
P304 3912 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(2xCD, Album, Mis) Parlophone P304 3912 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
5099991597724 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(Box, Ltd + CD, Album + CD, Album) Gold Typhoon 5099991597724 Taiwan 2012 Sell This Version
5099968286323 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Gala Records (5), Parlophone 5099968286323 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
TOCP-71421 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Parlophone TOCP-71421 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
5099930439122 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Parlophone 5099930439122 Brazil 2012 Sell This Version
EKPD-1599, 5099930439122 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Warner Music Korea, Parlophone EKPD-1599, 5099930439122 South Korea 2012 Sell This Version
509993 19772 2 7 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Astralwerks 509993 19772 2 7 US 2012 Sell This Version
5099930439122, P304 3912 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 5099930439122, P304 3912 Canada 2012 Sell This Version
5099930439122, P304 3912 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 5099930439122, P304 3912 Ukraine 2012 Sell This Version
TOCP-71422·23, TOCP-71421 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album + CD, Album + Box, Ltd) Parlophone, Parlophone TOCP-71422·23, TOCP-71421 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
P915 9772, 5099991597724 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album + CD, Album + Box, Ltd) Parlophone, Parlophone P915 9772, 5099991597724 UK, Europe & US 2012 Sell This Version
50999 3043912 2, 5099930439122 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album, Jew) Parlophone, Parlophone 50999 3043912 2, 5099930439122 Argentina 2012 Sell This Version
TOCP-71421 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album, Promo) Parlophone TOCP-71421 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
509993 19772 2 7 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album, Promo) Astralwerks 509993 19772 2 7 US 2012 Sell This Version
509993 19772 2 7 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album, Unofficial) Astralwerks (2) 509993 19772 2 7 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
509993 19772 2 7 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album, Unofficial) Astralwerks (2) 509993 19772 2 7 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CDr, Album, Promo) EMI Music Denmark none Denmark 2012 Sell This Version
P304 3911, 5099930439115 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(LP, Album + LP, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone P304 3911, 5099930439115 UK, Europe & US 2012 Sell This Version
38297 Pet Shop Boys 'Elysium' Album Launch Concert - Live In Berlin(Blu-ray-R, Album, Unofficial) Eagle Rock Entertainment (2) 38297 Russia 2013 Sell This Version
WPCR-80145 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album, RE) Parlophone WPCR-80145 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Elysium(13xFile, AAC, Album, RE, 256) Parlophone none Unknown

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somestranger

somestranger

December 31, 2013
referencing Elysium, CD, Album + CD, Album + Box, Ltd, P915 9772, 5099991597724
I like that the Pet Shop Boys seem aware that their style meanders between albums. One album can be club oriented, hard electronic while the next can be melancholy and feature more strings and orchestras. Luckily I love both synths and strings and this album is firmly in the latter category.

“Elysium” is full of mellow electronic pop and a striking contrast to the prior album, “Yes”.

Although this album isn’t likely to be cranked on the car stereo, or at the club, it’s a pleasant and relaxing listen. It may get too “sleepy”, if you’re not in the mood for it, but maybe that’s the point - some albums fit certain moods - and this is definitely a mood album.

The arrangements and lyrical content are classic Pet Shop Boys with the typical mix of clever songs and wry delivery but the real stand-out gem on here is the brilliant “Memory Of The Future”.

The bonus disc of instrumentals isn’t as interesting as the bonus dub mixes on “Yes” but, again, I get the impression that they’re meant to be background music for when you’re in a chill-out mood on a Sunday morning. Now I know which disc to reach for while reading the papers and having a coffee at the weekend!
Mrmilano

Mrmilano

July 31, 2013
referencing Elysium, CD, Album, P304 3912, 5099930439122

Elysium is better than Release,
When Elysium came out, I listened to it a few times. It usually takes me a few listens to get to know each song, and I had mixed feelings about the album.
Leaving is brilliant, although the obscure lyrics are actually a bit depressing.
Invisible is definitely also depressing, I think its like the aftermath of Being Boring, after the 70's, 90's and in the 2010' you are old and invisible to the younger generations...

Winner, well, that was written for the London Olympics... Ego Music is actually the favourite song in the album of my 7 year old kid, along with 'Hold On' brilliant uplifting, music.

Each album has one or two songs I just can't stand, and in this case, it is 'Your Early Stuff' seems like a filler track to the album.
I guess the Elysium experiment to expand Pet Shop Boys ability to write music in different styles sometimes makes fans very dissappointed.
But I think this is a nice 'grown up' album, as they stated, a chill out masterpiece.
ReadyBeast

ReadyBeast

May 2, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Elysium, LP, Album + LP, Album, P304 3911, 5099930439115

If I had given a rating to this album after the first listening, I would have done as many did: I would have put a low grade. And that's the problem with music nowadays, nobody gives a chance for a record to grow on them. Music must please immediately. When it comes to the Pet Shop Boys it's even worse: people are expecting something and when they don't get what they want, they show no mercy. That's what happened with "Elysium", an album that didn't met expectations and that failed to please at first listening.
But "Elysium" deserves a lot more than that, and is a true diamond that needs to be observed from a different angle. Fortunately, there is more to Pet Shop Boys music than the type of "Very", "Disco", "Yes", etc... I treasure these albums but life would be much less interesting if there were only those.
When "Elysium" was released, I must admit that I was thrown. Apart from the two first songs, nothing was to my taste. Then I remembered listening to "Yes" for the first time and I knew that I had to take time to judge "Elysium", as disappointment always surfaces in the early days...
"Leaving" and "Invisible" don't need any comments as everyone pretty much agrees about them. "Winner" has been considered too literally. It's a good song about being able to enjoy the bliss that comes with achievements knowing that it won't last. And the tune is really moving. "Your early stuff" is a nonchalant midtempo song and is a manifesto of optimism regardless of criticism. "A Face like That" is a sweet dance track, light and mellow. It may be the one song of the album that is classic Pet Shop Boys. It could be the reason why everyone would have liked it to be released as a single but it has no commercial potential. The only flaw of "Breathing Space" is the musical phrase in the verse that sounds too much like "Winner". Apart from that, it's another PSB ballad that you can listen to without ever getting tired of.
"Ego Music" might not be as aggressive as it should have been musically speaking, considering the subject. But it remains an interesting moment as it doesn't sound like anything else. "Hold On"... What an underrated song! What is everyone's problem with musicals about this track? I don't get it. Everything is perfect according to me in this song, the vocals, the backing track. Too cheesy for you? Well a lot could be written about what could be considered cheesy in Pet Shop Boys career...
"Give It A Go" could have been released as the third single, as much as "You only tell me..." had been released off "Nightlife". You have to go back in time through several albums to find such a beautiful ballad. I've been missing this way of singing Neil has. If there is one song on "Elysium" that could be skipped, "Memory of The Future" is certainly the one. I've played this many times but the magic is not here. "Everything means something" reminds me that Pet Shop Boys always explore new territories and that, after all these years, they still show up where they are not expected. Great.
And last but not least: "Requiem In Denim And Leopard Skin". To put it simply, I fly away every time. If there is one song I play apart from the whole album, this is the one. It sounds old, but I think it's on purpose. It's like a bridge leading to the next world, the song to play after the most intense party of your life. The kind of song to which you shed tears, being grateful to have lived beautiful moments in your life. Going beyond with no regrets and riding the motorbike never looking back.
"Elysium" is a great album. I thought it was time to do justice to that marvellous record and I hope time will help everyone rediscover it.
Robotrock04

Robotrock04

February 1, 2013
referencing Elysium, CD, Album, P304 3912, 5099930439122
I think this album has got some unfair criticism. Granted it's no Behaviour, Actually or Very, but there's still some great material here. Leaving, Invisible, Requiem In Denim and Leopardskin and Ego Music are my favorites. The album does have one of their worst songs ever in Hold On though, and I still maintain that A Face Like That should have been the lead single over Winner (which is definitely one of their weaker tracks too.) I've found the B-sides of the era so far to be some of the best songs they've ever done though, particularly A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi, The Way Through The Woods and In His Imagination, so they definitely haven't lost their touch. Anyone who's looking for them to produce music with the same sound as their 80's albums though may struggle to get into this one. I wouldn't say its their best album, but far from their worst.
Numanoid

Numanoid

October 9, 2012
referencing Elysium, CD, Album + CD, Album + Box, Ltd, P915 9772, 5099991597724
Leaving (OK synth-pop tune), Invisible (a future classic, lovely downtempo track), Winner (made to fit today's pop taste, not my taste), Your early stuff (a bitching track, in the vein of Yesterday when I was mad, but not as good as that musically), A face like that (OK minor key synth-pop), Breathing space (acoustic Release-style track), Ego Music (another bitching track, with spoken lyrics ala Left to my own devices, pretty bizarre), Hold on (musical style track, with cheesy optimistic lyrics), Give it a go (rather not), Memory of the future (upbeat downtempo synth-pop), Everything means something (lounge pop oblivion), Requiem... (disco-house pop, sounds a bit Bilingual).

All in all a bit of a disappointment, but there is one great track included at least, nobody does heartbroken downtempo synthmusic like PSB do on "Invisible"
petshopboy81

petshopboy81

September 30, 2012
referencing Elysium, CD, Album, P304 3912, 5099930439122
Very disappointing album. I was expecting NOTHING like this. I was hoping for another album like 'Yes,' or even 'Fundamental.' In my opinion, this album has three solid tracks - these being "Leaving," "Invisible," and the closing track "Requiem..." Other than that, I find nothing of interest here.
As for the deluxe edition of 'Elysium,' the instrumentals are nice novelties to own, but why add another version of "The Way Through The Woods"? Granted, it's a great song, but they really should have put the fan-favorite "A Certain (Je Ne Sais Quoi)" as the bonus track - either in its original or remixed form.
I'm a dedicated PSB fan, but I must say that I am beyond saddened by 'Elysium,' as it really reflects the age of both Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
LakisFM1

LakisFM1

September 19, 2012
referencing Elysium, CD, Album + CD, Album + Box, Ltd, TOCP-71422·23, TOCP-71421
Tracks 1-13 and 2-13 are not indicated nowhere.

Also the backside of the boxset strangely states : Made in EU.
ost

ost

September 18, 2012
referencing Elysium, CD, Album, P304 3912, 5099930439122

Awful album, really...
Mrmilano

Mrmilano

September 15, 2012
referencing Elysium, LP, Album + LP, Album, P304 3911, 5099930439115

Limited to 1000 produced, as described in the Pet Shop Boys specialty page, http://www.psb-catalogue.com
2xLP: 2012 DE (Parlophone; 5-0-999-3-04391-1 5) [7 Sep; limited edition; x1000]
and the double cd, also in limited Edition of 8000 worldwide.
2xCD: 2012 DE (Parlophone; 5-0-999-9-15977-2 4) [7 Sep; limited edition; x8000]
TimaMachine

TimaMachine

September 13, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Elysium, CD, Album, P304 3912, 5099930439122

It's always been a tricky situation whenever 80s pop bands tried to make it into the 90s and beyond and it's the same case with PSB here. Their latest album lacks originality and doesn't offer anything special. I do believe that this duo is a talented pair with a lot of good tracks under their belt but this later offering will be forgotten rather quick. At least their previous album had three good tracks (Love Etc., More Than A Dream, The Way It Used To Be) but there are no surprises here. And if you consider this album amazing, my only recommendation is to listen to more music; in all fairness there are ton of better music out there even by 2012 standards. With that said I think the only good thing here is the opening track and that's where it ends.