Pet Shop Boys’ Pop Report Card: We Grade Their 12 Albums Released Prior To ‘Super’

It’s the eve of the release of the Pet Shop Boys‘ lucky 13th album Super (out April 1), and so as we’ve done with acts like Coldplay, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Rihanna on such occasions in the past, we’ve sat down with our red pen and the stack of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe‘s prior 12 studio releases and put each one through Idolator’s Pop Report Card grading system.

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The iconic British duo have made an indelible mark on popular music, thanks to a mind-boggling run of singles that first started with “West End Girls” in the mid-1980s and has carried on up through current house throwback “The Pop Kids.” Just as impressive is the body of work comprised of their albums as a whole, each one a different sonic journey for the listener.

And so while last week Idolator took a closer look at (and listen to) Pet Shop Boys’ debut LP Please upon its 30th anniversary from the angle of its groundbreaking lyrics, this time around, we’ve given marks to that album, plus the 11 that followed it, based on overall musical merit and absolute PSB-ness.

Read on to have a Pet Shop Boys history lesson ahead of tomorrow’s arrival of Super!