Label
Parlophone
Release date
7 Sep 2012
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
51:11

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Leaving 3:51 22,174
2 Invisible 5:06 15,656
3 Winner 3:51 22,482
4 Your Early Stuff 2:33 13,315
5 A Face Like That 5:07 13,021
6 Breathing Space 5:11 11,701
7 Ego Music 3:06 11,131
8 Hold On 3:20 10,426
9 Give It a Go 3:53 10,087
10 Memory of the Future 4:32 11,104
11 Everything Means Something 4:51 9,457
12 Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin 5:50 9,506

About this album

Elysium is the eleventh studio album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. Released on 5 September 2012, it is the duo’s final album with Parlophone. The album was produced during 2012 in Los Angeles by Andrew Dawson and Pet Shop Boys.

Pet Shop Boys began writing the songs for the album during a period of five weeks in Berlin, Germany in the beginning of 2011. Most of the album was written during the Progress Live concert tour with Take That from May to July 2011. In January 2012, Pet Shop Boys went to Los Angeles to work with American producer Andrew Dawson for three months. The duo were interested in working with Dawson after seeing his name in the credits for the Kanye West albums 808s & Heartbreak (2008) and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010). Chris Lowe has described Elysium as having the same feel as Behaviour (1990), but “sonically I think it’s very different.” Pet Shop Boys considered Happy Sad as title of the album, but came up with the title Elysium during a walk in Elysian Park in Los Angeles. Lyrically the album can be interpreted as “about being us at our stage in our life, doing what we do”, according to Neil Tennant.

Elysium was released in Japan on 5 September 2012, followed by Germany and most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand on 7 September; the UK, France, South America saw the release on 10 September and the United States and Canada received it on 11 September. There are two CD formats: a single CD and a special double-CD edition which includes instrumentals of each song. A double-vinyl album was released in limited quantities which also includes the instrumental versions.

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  • johnhunt1973

    Doesn't seem like two years since the album was released.

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • christian1702

    Listening again. What a beautiful album.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MelomanXXXL

    Can't say it's bad... but somehow "Loneliness" would be a better name for this album... just my feeling. My favorite song: Leaving!

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • RaulRoque

    Such a beautiful album.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • N-Tony-ru

    Похоже, в новом веке PSB выдают хорошие альбомы только через раз. Так что надеемся на следующий, надеюсь еще пороху хватит.

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • heeymaari

    I was expecting A Face Like That or even Your Early Stuff as the next single and not Memory of the Future...

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • vanilla_boy1

    Having heard this album, it's not bad but it's not top-notch P.S.B.. The sounds and vocal effects, keyboard sounds etc.. used on this album sound a lot like the group New Musik during the "Anywhere" album [era.] It's nothing new to these ears, though. "Elysium" doesn't sound like "Behaviour" despite the comparisons, it recalls "Release" a little (to me). Here their music sounds like a cross between the stuff on PSB's "Actually", their Italo-disco beginnings (to some extent) and New Musik, with bits of "Release" thrown in. It would be interesting to see where they go from here musically on their next album, since each record they publish is distinct from the last and a reaction to that vibe; in P.S.B.'s words.

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Under_Radar_Mag

    Our thoughts on the new album: http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/pet_shop_boys_elysium/

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • a-hacarl

    I wouldn't say they are done but this album is one of their weakest in my opinion which is a huge disappointment.

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • thalitalt

    Esse álbum é ótimo e fim de papo. [2]

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • baldowl

    The tracks that aren't boring are just plain terrible.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • siga1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4R4Wa3XPF0

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • StardustMontage

    i like this album. a return to the old PSB.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Count_Blah

    Face it people. These guys are done.

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • der_ketzer

    Well we had an excellent PSB - album this year. And then they released this. At least the box looks pretty and has enough space for all the singles.

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ars23

    nice, solid album. definitely.

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • thalitalt

    8/10

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Rickki

    mediano.

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Psychari

    delicious music...

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • mvn0

    This should be B-sides, not Format... Leaving is good, others are average... Waiting for new YES.

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
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