Yes (Pet Shop Boys album)

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Yes
Pet Shop Boys - Yes.png
Studio album by Pet Shop Boys
Released 18 March 2009 (2009-03-18)
Recorded 2008
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Synthpop
Length 48:39
Label Parlophone
Producer
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Disco 4
(2007)
Yes
(2009)
Party
(2009)
Singles from Yes
  1. "Love Etc."
    Released: 16 March 2009
  2. "Did You See Me Coming?"
    Released: 1 June 2009
  3. "Beautiful People"
    Released: 2 October 2009
  4. "All Over the World"
    Released: 14 December 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Drowned in Sound 5/10[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
The Independent 3/5 stars[7]
NME 8/10[8]
PopMatters 7/10[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Spin 8/10[11]

Yes is the tenth studio album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 18 March 2009 by Parlophone. The album was recorded throughout 2008 and is produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania.[12] Xenomania also co-wrote three of the tracks. Guitarist Johnny Marr and string arranger Owen Pallett appear as well.[13] "Love Etc." was released on 16 March 2009 as the album's lead single.[12]

Background and release[edit]

Yes debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart on sales of 27,639 copies, the duo's highest-placing album since Bilingual (1996).[14] Early sales figures predicted that the album would enter at number one,[15] but its release was beset by distribution problems and Yes proved unable to hold onto its midweek position. The download version erroneously went on sale through iTunes three days before its official release date, rendering 2,500 sales ineligible for the chart, while, the following week, a number of suppliers of the physical album reported stock level problems.[16] The album was hit by a minor manufacturing error as well: some booklets included with initial copies of the Yes etc. double CD set were stapled in the wrong order. EMI set up a website for anyone affected by this to claim a new booklet.[17]

The album was released in multiple formats, including a digital version that included a 48-minute track-by-track commentary on the album, and an 11-disc vinyl version limited to 300 copies, with each disc containing a different album track on the first side and a corresponding instrumental version on the second.[18] The double CD edition of the album incorporated a bonus disc titled Etc., which featured mostly instrumental dub mixes of six album tracks, as well as a new song called "This Used to Be the Future", to which Philip Oakey of The Human League contributed some vocals. A standard, single-disc vinyl LP was also issued, but did not coincide with the international CD and download release.

Yes spawned three further singles. On 1 June 2009, "Did You See Me Coming?" was released worldwide on a number of physical and digital formats, backed with three new B-sides.[12] A limited German-only "Beautiful People" CD and download followed in October. The five-track Christmas, Pet Shop Boys' first EP release,[19] was released on 14 December 2009, with "All Over the World" acting as the principal radio promo and gaining a music video.

The album was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Yes was supported by a comprehensive world tour that stretched across 2009–2012. A recording of the tour made in London in December 2009 was released in a CD/DVD package on 15 February 2010 as Pandemonium.

Album cover[edit]

The album sleeve was designed by Mark Farrow and Pet Shop Boys. The tick on the cover is made up of eleven coloured squares.[20] It was inspired by German artist Gerhard Richter (who is referenced in the album's opening track, "Love Etc."), specifically his 4900 exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery and the stained glass window in Cologne Cathedral.[21]

The album's cover was nominated in the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist in the Graphics category.[22]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Etc."  
3:32
2. "All Over the World"     3:51
3. "Beautiful People"     3:42
4. "Did You See Me Coming?"     3:41
5. "Vulnerable"     4:47
6. "More Than a Dream"  
  • Tennant
  • Lowe
  • Cooper
  • Higgins
  • Jason Resch
  • Kieran Jones
4:57
7. "Building a Wall"     3:50
8. "King of Rome"     5:31
9. "Pandemonium"     3:43
10. "The Way It Used to Be"  
  • Tennant
  • Lowe
  • Cooper
  • Higgins
  • Nick Coler
4:44
11. "Legacy"     6:21

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Yes.[25]

Pet Shop Boys
  • Pet Shop Boys – art direction, design
  • Neil Tennant – lead vocals (all tracks); keyboards, programming (tracks 3–5, 7–11, "This Used to Be the Future")
  • Chris Lowe – keyboards, programming (all tracks); additional vocals (tracks 7, "This Used to Be the Future")
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[54] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan[23] 18 March 2009 EMI
Australia[56] 20 March 2009
  • CD
  • digital download
Germany[57]
  • CD
  • 2-CD
  • digital download
Italy[58]
France[59] 23 March 2009
  • CD
  • digital download
United Kingdom[12]
  • CD
  • 2-CD
  • digital download
Parlophone
United States[60] 21 April 2009 Astralwerks
Germany[61] 24 April 2009 LP EMI
United Kingdom[62] 11 May 2009 Parlophone

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  9. ^ PopMatters review
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