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Some fans have expressed the opinion, in retrospect, that the Pet Shop Boys' 2012 album Elysium may have been something of a "contractual obligation album" that they created with relatively little enthusiasm simply to fulfill their contract with EMI before moving to a different record label (which turned out to be their own). Do you agree with this viewpoint?

Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with this opinion!
I suspect Elysium may have started out that way, but it evolved into something more.
I don't believe Elysium started out that way, but that's what it turned into somewhere along the line.
Maybe—it's certainly possible—but I have my doubts.
No, I totally disagree!
I don't have any opinion about this and/or I really don't care.
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What This Website Is All About

This website has no "official" connection to the Pet Shop Boys. It merely presents my own personal commentary—often including attempted explanations and interpretations—on the songs of my favorite contemporary pop band. Of course, this commentary has often been influenced by what the Pet Shop Boys themselves, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have said about their music and by what others have previously written. Nevertheless, many of the observations I make here are original with me.

By no means am I suggesting that these are the "only" or "correct" interpretations. In fact, it's typical of great art, even great pop art, to lend itself to multiple interpretations. And I do consider the Pet Shop Boys to be the creators of great pop art. So you can take or leave my interpretations as you wish. If you disagree, please don't take offense. Rather, enjoy the fact that we're both fans of music rich enough to invite different interpretations.

Despite my best efforts, I have no doubt that I'm guilty of at least some factual errors. I recognize this fact and apologize in advance for any that may have slipped past me. I'll certainly correct any errors that come to my attention.


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This site was originally posted on March 16, 2001, and was most recently revised on November 27, 2014.

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