PETA's recent attempt to goad 80s dance duo Pet Shop Boys into renaming themselves the, uh, Rescue Shelter Boys, has thankfully failed. Besides being, like, the stupidest, most indirect way to help animals I can possibly think of, PETA's ill-conceived PR stunt seems only to have reminded music fans and the media that the Boys' 10th offering has just gone on sale.
Don't expect any major changes to their 50-million-records-sold formula. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe keep things grandiose with paddy retro synths, discotheque drum machines and downtrodden lyrics. Electro heads will notice nods to nu-rave production, especially on New Orderesque The Way It Used To Be, while indie kids might be interested to know that both Owen Pallett and Johnny Marr make solid guest appearances.
Top track: The Way It Used To Be