Anticipation has been high for the new Pet Shop Boys, fuelled in part by the involvement of producer Trevor Horn, as well as some gushing advance praise on the Web. Some have said this is the best Pet Shop Boys album in 10 years, but looking back at their last decade of work, that's not really saying that much. For this expedition, they've gone back to their electro-pop fundamentals, and do so quite well for the most part. Unfortunately, it's not that consistent. For every moment of cynical dance pop genius, there's a dull midtempo dirge bereft of decent hooks. Fans will enjoy it; everyone else should pick up the greatest hits.