Release (Pet Shop Boys album)

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Release
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Studio album by
Released1 April 2002
RecordedSeptember 2000 – November 2001
Studio
  • Studio PSB (London)
  • Sony (London)[a]
  • Chillout (Berlin)[b]
GenreSynth-pop
Length44:53
LabelParlophone
Producer
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Chris Zippel
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Nightlife
(1999)
Release
(2002)
Disco 3
(2003)
Singles from Release
  1. "Home and Dry"
    Released: 18 March 2002
  2. "I Get Along"
    Released: 15 July 2002
  3. "London"
    Released: 14 October 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100 [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
BBC MusicUnfavourable[3]
Robert ChristgauB+[4]
Drowned in Sound6/10[5]
Hour3.5/5[6]
NME4/10[7]
Now[8]
Playlouder4/5[9]
Rolling Stone[10]
The Village VoiceFavourable[11]

Release is the eighth studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 1 April 2002 by Parlophone.

Background[edit]

After the release of their previous studio album, Nightlife (1999), Pet Shop Boys originally planned to release a greatest hits collection in the autumn of 2000 with the two new tracks "Positive Role Model" and "Somebody Else's Business".[12] While recording the new songs for the hits collection, it was decided to produce a full-length studio album instead.

The album reached number seven in the United Kingdom and number three in Germany. On its first release, a limited run of metallic effect embossed sleeves were available in a choice of four colours: grey, blue, pink or red. In the US, this limited run also came with a bonus CD including remixes and new tracks. The artwork was designed by Greg Foley of the New York design group and magazine publishers Visionaire and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.

The album marked a significant departure from previous work, being guitar- and piano-driven. However, the album was made like their previous albums with most tracks mainly programmed on computers; however, the sampled or synthesised guitars and drum sounds chosen often sound "real" and the synthesisers always present are sometimes used to sound like guitars (the solo in "Birthday Boy", for instance, or the opening figure of "Home and Dry"). Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was brought in later on in the sessions to play real electric and acoustic guitars on seven of the album's ten tracks in London, with "Home and Dry" being completed in Dublin, Ireland. Apart from the track "London", recorded in Berlin with producer Chris Zippel, Pet Shop Boys produced the album themselves and then commissioned Michael Brauer to mix it.

The original version of the album had eleven tracks but "I Didn't Get Where I Am Today" was removed from the album before release and later became a bonus track on the 2004 single "Flamboyant". Other tracks recorded during the sessions for the album which ended up as B-sides are "Between Two Islands", "Searching for the Face of Jesus", "Sexy Northerner" and "Always".[12] Another track, "Time on My Hands", appeared on the 2003 release, Disco 3.

The directors for all three music videos for the album's singles are photographers by trade: Wolfgang Tillmans directed "Home and Dry", Bruce Weber directed "I Get Along" (following his previous work on the "Being Boring" and "Se a vida é" videos), and Martin Parr directed "London". The Tillmans video, consisting almost entirely of footage of mice filmed at Tottenham Court Road tube station in the London Underground, is considered by some to have significantly undermined the commercial potential of the lead single, due to being deemed nearly unplayable by MTV and other music video channels.

Perhaps partly because of the modest commercial success of this album, and perhaps partly because of the habit of distancing themselves musically from their most recent work, Tennant and Lowe have since returned to their dance roots. One year after the release of Release, Pet Shop Boys released Disco 3 which included remixes of some of the songs from Release along with new material that they were working on at the time of writing and producing material for Release.

The album re-entered the UK Albums Chart at number 30 in August 2017 following the Release/Further Listening 2001–2004 reissue.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, except where noted. All tracks are produced by Pet Shop Boys, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Home and Dry"  4:21
2."I Get Along"  5:49
3."Birthday Boy"  6:26
4."London"
  • Tennant
  • Lowe
  • Chris Zippel
Zippel3:46
5."E-Mail"  3:55
6."The Samurai in Autumn"  4:17
7."Love Is a Catastrophe"  4:50
8."Here"  3:15
9."The Night I Fell in Love"  5:04
10."You Choose"  3:10
US limited edition bonus disc[14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Home and Dry" (ambient mix)  5:29
2."Sexy Northerner"  3:40
3."Always"  5:06
4."Closer to Heaven" (slow version)  6:30
5."Nightlife" 
3:56
6."Friendly Fire" 
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Craig Armstrong
3:26
7."Break 4 Love" (UK radio mix) (Pet Shop Boys + Peter Rauhofer = The Collaboration)Vaughan MasonRauhofer3:28
8."Home and Dry" (Blank & Jones mix) 
6:38
9."Home and Dry" (music video)   
Further Listening 2001–2004 (disc two)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Between Two Islands" 5:10
2."Searching for the Face of Jesus"  3:25
3."Time on My Hands"  3:52
4."Motoring" (demo)  4:02
5."Love Life"  3:44
6."Transparent"  3:51
7."Sexy Northerner"  3:39
8."The Night Is a Time to Explore Who You Are" (demo)  3:52
9."Closer to Heaven" (slow version)  6:27
10."Run, Girl, Run" (demo)  3:48
11."I Didn't Get Where I Am Today"
 3:37
12."Always"  5:02
13."Home and Dry" (ambient mix)  5:29
14."Bright Young Things" (demo)  4:26
15."Kazak" (demo)  2:48
16."A Powerful Friend" (John Peel version) Miti Adhikari3:16
17."If Looks Could Kill" (John Peel version) Adhikari4:24
Total length:66:52
Further Listening 2001–2004 (disc three)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)"Bobby Orlando 4:04
2."Here" (PSB New Extended Mix)  6:17
3."If Looks Could Kill"  4:10
4."A Powerful Friend"  3:22
5."Party Song"  3:40
6."No Excuse" (demo)  3:34
7."Blue on Blue"  3:10
8."Jack and Jill Party" (demo)  3:42
9."Baby" (demo)  3:43
10."Flamboyant" (original demo)  4:23
11."Miracles"
3:55
12."Flamboyant" (7″ mix) 
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Tomcraft
  • Felix J. Gauder
  • Crichton
3:37
13."Numb" (demo)Diane Warren 3:38
14."In Private" (featuring Elton John) 
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Crichton
4:10
15."Alone Again, Naturally" (featuring Elton John)Gilbert O'Sullivan
3:24
16."Reunion" (electro mix) 
  • Stargate
  • Pet Shop Boys
4:29
17."Bright Young Things" 
  • Zippel
  • Pet Shop Boys
4:55
18."We're the Pet Shop Boys"My Robot Friend
  • Zippel
  • Pet Shop Boys
4:55
19."It's a Sin" (Barfly version)  3:58
Total length:77:06

Notes[edit]

  • ^[a] signifies a remixer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer

Sample credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Release.[15]

Pet Shop Boys[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Pete Gleadall – programming (tracks 1–3, 5–10)
  • Johnny Marr – guitars (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 9, 10)
  • Jody Linscott – percussion (tracks 1–3, 5, 7–10)
  • Steve Walters – bass guitar (tracks 2, 3, 9)
  • Chris Zippel – keyboards (track 4); spoken idea (track 5)
  • "Little Mike" – guitar, bass (track 4)
  • Richard Niles – string arrangement, string conducting (track 5)

Technical[edit]

  • Pet Shop Boys – production (tracks 1–3, 5–10)
  • Pete Gleadall – engineering (tracks 1–3, 5–10)
  • Michael Brauer – mixing[c]
  • Rick Chavarria – mix assistance
  • Chris Zippel – production, engineering (track 4)
  • Kai Diener – premix (track 4)
  • Florian Richter – premix (track 4)
  • Mike Ross – string recording (track 5)
  • Andrew Nichols – recording assistance at Sony Music Studios
  • Philippe Rose – mixing assistance[c]
  • Greg Calbi – mastering[d]
  • Steve Fallone – mastering assistance[d]

Artwork[edit]

  • Dan Forbes – photography
  • Pennie Smith – portrait
  • Greg Foley – art direction
  • Jake McCabe – design production
  • Tatiana Gaz – design associate

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for Release
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Silver 60,000^
United States 73,000[40]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Additional recording
  2. ^ "London"
  3. ^ a b Mixed at Olympic Studios (London)
  4. ^ a b Mastered at Sterling Sound (New York City)

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