- Fundamental (Pet Shop Boys album)
Name = Fundamental
Pet Shop Boys
Background = Orange
May 22 2006
Recorded = 2003-2005
Genre = Pop,
Length = 48:39
Producer = Pet Shop Boys,
AllmusicRating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:u88e4jo78wau link]
The A.V. Club(C) [http://www.avclub.com/content/node/50501 link]
BBC(Favourable) [http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/pop/reviews/petshop_fundamental.shtml link]
* CANOE Rating|4|5 [http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2006/05/24/1599098-sun.html link]
* CBC (Favourable) [http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/petshop.html link]
The Guardian" Rating|4|5 [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1777853,00.html link]
* "Hot Press" rating-10|8 [http://www.hotpress.com/music/reviews/2866634.html link]
The Independent" Rating|5|5 [http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/reviews/article496551.ece link]
The Observer" Rating|5|5 [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/omm/reviews/story/0,,1777057,00.html link]
Pitchfork Mediarating-10|6.5 [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/p/pet-shop-boys/fundamental.shtml link]
Robert ChristgauRating-Christgau|hm2 [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Pet+Shop+Boys link]
Pixelsurgeonrating-10|8 [http://www.pixelsurgeon.com/reviews/review.php?id=1041 link]
PlayLouderRating|4.5|5 [http://www.playlouder.com/review/+fundamental/ link]
* "Q" Rating|4|5 (#239, June 2006, p. 118)
Release Magazine" rating-10|7 [http://www.releasemagazine.net/Onrecord/orpetshopboysf.htm link]
Time Out" (6/7) [http://www.timeout.com/london/music/review/audio/180/pet_shop_boys_fundamental.html link]
Virgin.netRating|4|5 [http://www.virgin.net/music/albumreviews/petshopboys_fundamental.html link]
Yahoo! Music UKRating|3.5|5 [http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/060521/33/2093o.html link]
Last album = "Battleship Potemkin"
This album = "Fundamental"
Next album = "Concrete"
"Fundamental" is the sixteenth
album, the ninth of entirely new music, by the British band Pet Shop Boys. It was released in May 2006in the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, and Canada, and was released in late June 2006in the United States. The album entered the UK Albums Chartat number five on 28 May 2006(see 2006 in British music).
The album was produced by the Pet Shop Boys and
Trevor Hornand it features eleven new Pet Shop Boys compositions, and "Numb," written by Diane Warren(Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe originally planned to have "Numb" be one of two new tracks on "", but opted instead for "Miracles" and "Flamboyant").
liner notesshow that the album is dedicated to two executed Iranian teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, who were hanged on July 19, 2005. Some reports have suggested the two may have been executed for engaging in homosexual behavior, though others indicate they were hanged for raping a 13 year-old boy. The album was critically acclaimed and went on to sell over 1 million copies worldwide.
The album has been noted for being more political than any other of the duo's albums to date; even the title, in one sense, is a reference to religious
fundamentalism— portrayed here in a light, critical manner, which singer Neil Tennantattributes to the relatively relaxed status of religious freedom in the United Kingdom.cite web | author = Skrufff, Jonty | date = June 1, 2006| url = http://www.trustthedj.com/SKRUFFF/news_article.php?news_id=5452 | title = Pet Shop Boys interview | format = | work = News | publisher = "Trust the DJ" | accessdate = 2006-06-02 | accessyear = ]
Specific contemporary issues discussed in the lyrics include tensions and fears in the United States caused by the
War on Terrorism, addressed in songs such as "Psychological" and "Luna Park".cite web | author = | month = November | year = 2005 | url = http://www.petshopboys.net/html/literallys/literally_29/Page1.html | title = Interview - Recording | format = | work = | publisher = "Literally" (Pet Shop Boys fanclub magazine) | accessdate = 2006-05-23 | accessyear = ] ("Luna Park" being the name of various amusement parks around the world; see Luna Park for a list of such places). Other songs refer to the politics of the band's home country; " Indefinite leave to remain" refers to an immigration status in the United Kingdom, while "Integral" criticizes the British national identity cardplans. (A statement from a band spokesman cites the issue as the reason that Tennant ceased his well-publicized support of Tony Blair's Labour Party.) The lyrics are fully masked and converted to the homage to Yevgeny Zamyatin's legendary dystopian book "We", in which the inhabitants of the future One State try to build The Integral in order to solve the cosmic equation and resolve all the problems in their One State. "I'm with Stupid", meanwhile, touches upon both countries by satirizing Blair's alliance with George W. Bush. (See also special relationship.)cite web | author = Teodorczuk, Tom | date = March 1, 2006| url = http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/music/articles/21844071?source=Evening%20Standard | title = Pet Shop Boys' Labour snub | format = | work = | publisher = " Evening Standard" | accessdate = 2006-05-23 | accessyear = ]
Other subject matters are dealt with as well. "Casanova in Hell" is about the 18th century historical figure
Giacomo Casanova, and how he immortalized himself by writing memoirs about his history of sexual seduction of numerous women. Tennant refers to, specifically, the book "Casanova's Homecoming" by Arthur Schnitzleras his inspiration for the song. (It was sung by Rufus Wainwrightat its very first live performance, at a private concert recorded for BBC Radio 2at the Mermaid Theatreon May 8, 2006.)cite web | author = | date = May 9, 2006| url = http://www.petshopboys.co.uk/news/archiveNewsBody.asp?SY=2006&SM=5 | title = PSB and BBC Concert Orchestra concert | format = | work = | publisher = Pet Shop Boys official website news | accessdate = 2006-05-28 | accessyear = ] "The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" references two of the biblical cities of sin, Sodom and Gomorrah, in saying that to learn to 'go where angels fear to tread' (ie. to sin) is to learn to live freely.
The album is Pet Shop Boys' first collaboration with
Trevor Hornsince the 1988 single "Left to My Own Devices". Its sound bears the producer's heavily orchestral style (also present on that song), most frequently associated with the 1982 ABC album " The Lexicon of Love" as well as the 1984 Frankie Goes to Hollywoodsingle " Two Tribes" and subsequent album " Welcome to the Pleasuredome". Horn was also musical director for the Radio 2 concert, which featured the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The album's personnel included many of Horn's frequent musical collaborators, including
Anne Dudley, Tessa Niles, Jamie Muhoberac, Phil Palmer, Steve Lipson, Lalo Creme, Tim Pierce, Earl Harvin, Frank Ricotti, Luis Jardim, Lucinda Barry.cite web | author = Potts, Henry | date = June 2, 2006| url = http://www.relayer35.com/Yescography/Fundamental.htm | title = "Fundamental" | format = | work = | publisher = Yescography | accessdate = 2006-09-06 | accessyear = ]
"In Private", here presented as a duet with
Elton John, was originally a Dusty Springfieldsong written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys. First released as a single in 1989, it was later included on the 1991 album "Reputation".
:"all songs written by Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe except where noted."
#"Psychological" — 4:10
#"The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" — 5:19
#"I made my excuses and left" — 4:53
#"Minimal" — 4:21
#"Numb" — 4:43 (
#"God willing" — 1:17
#"Luna Park" — 5:31
#"I'm with Stupid" — 3:24
#"Casanova in Hell" — 3:13
#"Twentieth Century" — 4:39
#"Indefinite leave to remain" — 3:08
#"Integral" — 3:53
Richard Xextended mix) — 6:06
Trentemøllerremix) — 7:24
#"Psychological" (Alter Ego remix) — 7:13
#"Flamboyant" (Michael Mayer
Kompaktmix) — 7:58
#"I'm with Stupid" (
MelnykHeavy Petting mix) — 6:07
In Private" ( Stuart Crichtonclub mix) (featuring Elton John) — 5:07
#"Minimal" (Lobe remix) — 4:47
Dettingerremix) — 5:39
#"I'm with Stupid" (PSB maxi-mix) (Japan bonus track) — 8:12
#"Minimal" (Tiga's M-I-N-I-M-A-L remix) (Japan bonus track) — 5:40
#"The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" (demo version) (
iTunes Storebonus track) — 5:02
#"I'm with Stupid" (demo version) (iTunes Store bonus track) — 3:38
"Fundamental" (original track listing)
December 22 2005, the official Pet Shop Boys website announced an early track listing for the album and gave a release date of April 17 2006with new single "Minimal" arriving a few weeks beforehand. This was quickly followed up on December 23, when pop music fansite Popjusticegave the first review of the album [http://www.popjustice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=146&Itemid=138] .On February 13 2006, it was announced that the release date of "Fundamental" had been pushed back to May 22, because EMIneeded "more set-up time". At the same time "I'm with Stupid" was announced to be the revised lead single. This was followed on April 4 2006, with news that there would be a limited edition of the new album that would include a bonus CD called "Fundamentalism".
*"Psychological" — In December 2005, a limited 12-inch
white labelof "Psychological" was released. This one-track promo single featured an instrumental mix of the track, clocking in at 4:05.
*"I'm with Stupid" — the first commercially available single from "Fundamental" released
8 May 2006in the UK.
*"Minimal" — released
24 July2006, "Minimal" was announced by the Pet Shop Boys on 6 Mayas the second commercially available single from "Fundamental" in the UK.
*"Numb" - released on 16 October 2006, announced on the official website on 4 September.
*"Integral" - a new version of this song was released to promote the album "
B-sides and other released songs
#"In private" (featuring
Elton John) ("Fundamentalism" remix and "Minimal" original b-side)
#"The Resurrectionist ("I'm with Stupid" b-side)
#"Girls don't cry ("I'm with Stupid" b-side)
#"Blue on blue ("Minimal" b-side)
#"No time for tears ("Battleship Potemkin" original, "Minimal" b-side)
#"Party song ("Numb" b-side)
#"Bright young things ("Numb" b-side)
#"Psychological (Ewan Pearson remix) ("Fundamental" original, "Numb" remix)
These were written/recorded during the writing for Fundamental and are yet to be released:
#"The former enfant terrible"
#"One way street"
#"The performance of my life"
#"After the event"
* There is also a demo of a song called "Dancing in the Dusk" that
Sondre Lercheasked them to record.
The album was released in various countries:
Notes and references
* [http://www.petshopboys.co.uk/ Pet Shop Boys Official Website]
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