The Pet Shop Boys Get A Lift From The Girls Aloud Masterminds

Dan Gibson | February 6, 2009 1:45 am

ARTIST: Pet Shop Boys TITLE: “Love etc.” WEB DEBUT: Feb. 6, 2009

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT:Sure, the Pet Shop Boys appeared on the most recent Girls Aloud album, but it’s still a little difficult to get my head around the idea of the duo collaborating on their new album with Xenomania, the production team behind the girl group. In fact, “Love etc.” has Xenomania listed as cowriters with Tennant and Lowe. There were rumors that the group were going to go for a radically different sound for this album, but “Love etc.” makes it apparent that Xenomania were drawn to the Pet Shop Boys because they love the group’s classic material; the track sounds like a cross between “Love Comes Quickly” and “Left To My Own Devices” and employs the band’s more observational lyrical style. Somehow I doubt this particular song is going to smash on to the British singles chart or introduce the group to a new fanbase, but it’s an enjoyable listen.

WHERE TO HEAR IT: Pretty Much Amazing (for now).

Pet Shop Boys [official site]