Hotspot (album)

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Hotspot
Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot.png
Studio album by
Released24 January 2020 (2020-01-24)
Studio
GenreElectropop[1]
Length42:03
Labelx2
ProducerStuart Price
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Inner Sanctum
(2019)
Hotspot
(2020)
Singles from Hotspot
  1. "Dreamland"
    Released: 25 October 2019
  2. "Burning the Heather"
    Released: 13 December 2019
  3. "Monkey Business"
    Released: 7 February 2020
  4. "I Don't Wanna"
    Released: 24 April 2020

Hotspot is the fourteenth studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 24 January 2020 by the band's own label x2, through Kobalt Label Services.[2] It is supported by the singles "Dreamland" featuring Years & Years, which was released on 25 October 2019, and "Burning the Heather", which was released alongside the album announcement on 13 December 2019.[3] The duo planned to tour the UK and Europe in support of the album in mid-2020.[2] The album charted in numerous countries, reaching No. 3 on the album charts in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain.

Background and recording[edit]

The album was primarily recorded at Hansa Studios in Berlin where the duo have written "most of [their] music over the last ten years",[4] with the exception of "Burning the Heather", which was recorded at RAK Studios in London, where Bernard Butler contributed guitar to the track. The duo's website dubbed it the last of a trilogy of albums produced by Stuart Price, beginning with Electric in 2013. All tracks were written by Tennant and Lowe.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
And It Don't Stop(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Clash8/10[9]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[10]
The Independent4/5 stars[11]
NME4/5 stars[12]
Paste6.8/10[13]
Pitchfork6.1/10[14]
The Quietus3/5[15]
Tom Hull – on the Web(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[1]

Hotspot was met with generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 75 out of 100, based on 18 reviews.[6]

In his Substack-published "Consumer Guide" column, Robert Christgau highlighted "I Don't Wanna", "Wedding in Berlin", and "Will-o-the-Wisp", and wrote in summary of the album: "'Happy people/Living in a sad world,' they celebrate their good fortune by setting it to music both stirring and contained – music that never conceals its limitations".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe aside from "Dreamland" which was written by Tennant, Lowe and Olly Alexander and "Monkey Business" which was written by Tennant, Lowe and Stuart Price.

Standard edition
No.TitleLength
1."Will-o-the-Wisp"4:28
2."You Are the One"3:35
3."Happy People"3:51
4."Dreamland" (featuring Years & Years)3:26
5."Hoping for a Miracle"5:00
6."I Don't Wanna"4:02
7."Monkey Business"4:08
8."Only the Dark"3:38
9."Burning the Heather"5:27
10."Wedding in Berlin"4:42
Total length:42:16
Japan bonus tracks[16]
No.TitleLength
11."Dreamland" (TWD vocal remix)5:06
12."Monkey Business" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)8:45
Total length:56:13
Special edition disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."Will-o-the-Wisp" (instrumental)4:28
2."You Are the One" (instrumental)3:35
3."Happy People" (instrumental)3:51
4."Dreamland" (featuring Years & Years) (instrumental)3:26
5."Hoping for a Miracle" (instrumental)5:00
6."I Don't Wanna" (instrumental)4:02
7."Monkey Business" (instrumental)4:08
8."Only the Dark" (instrumental)3:38
9."Burning the Heather" (instrumental)5:27
10."Wedding in Berlin" (instrumental)4:42
Total length:42:16

Personnel[edit]

  • Pet Shop Boys – performers and programming
  • Stuart Price – production, mixing, bass guitar and additional programming
  • Bernard Butler – guitar on "Burning the Heather"
  • Keely Hawkes – additional vocals on "Monkey Business"
  • Pete Gleadall - Additional Engineering

Charts[edit]

Sales chart performance for Hotspot
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 8
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 5
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 61
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[22] 30
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[23] 30
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 23
French Albums (SNEP)[25] 72
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 3
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[27] 35
Irish Albums (OCC)[28] 20
Italian Albums (FIMI)[29] 44
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[30] 52
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[31] 39
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[32] 31
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[34] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 3
US Billboard 200[38] 100
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[39] 1

References[edit]

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  10. ^ McCormick, Neil (23 January 2020). "Pet Shop Boys, Hotspot, review: irresistible dancefloor belters". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
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