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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bilingual - Zweisprachig, aber wieder absolut genial, 24. Mai 2011
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual (Audio CD)
Nach dem sehr kommerziell ausgerichteten und etwas überproduzierten Album - Very - das auch aufgrund ähnlicher Rhythmusstrukturen und Keyboardsounds ein bisschen wie ein zusammengeschusterter Einheitsbrei wirkte - Die Pet Shop Boys wollten offensichtlich mit aller Gewalt wieder hoch in die Hitparaden - änderten Tennant und Lowe auf - Billingual - die musikalische Richtung, hin zu mehr natürlichen Rhythmen.

So beginnt dieses Album mit dem genialen - Discoteca - einem Song, der nicht nur mit kräftigen Drums überrascht, sondern wenig später mit einem gewaltigen Schlagzeugstakkato nahtlos in den nicht weniger genialen, und mit bombastischen Samba-Rhythmen hinterlegten Titel - Single - überfließt. Atemlos grooven die Rhythmen durch die Boxen, bevor es ebenfalls ohne Pause mit dem dritten Lied - Metamorphosis - weitergeht. Die Pet Shop Boys bieten uns erstmals eine großartige "Drei-Titel-am-Stück-Maxi" mit einem Hammerrhythmus zum Mitklopfen, bevor sie uns als vierten Titel mit - Electricity - ein bisschen experimentelleren Art-Pop servieren.

Besonders interessant sind auf - Bilingual - die Vokals, die einerseits Englisch und andererseits Spanisch (Spanglisch) sind. Aber auf - Bilingual - finden wir neben den absolut neuen Sounds auch wieder mit - Se a vida é (That's the way life ist) - A red letter day - und - Before - auch wieder die bekannten und radiotauglichen Pet-Shop-Boys-Songs, die allerdings nicht mehr an die große kommerzielle Phase der Achtziger anknüpfen konnten.

Die Neuanschaffung als Doppel-CD lohnt sich auf alle Fälle, denn auf beigefügten Bonus-CD gibt es 15 zusätzliche Titel als Zugabe, darunter alle B-Seiten, einige Maxiversionen und zwei bisher unveröffentlichte Songs. Bilingual - is bien.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen unterschätzt und vergessen, 16. August 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual (Audio CD)
Ich war in der 5. Klasse als diese Cd rauskam, und irgendwie ging diese Phase der Pet shop boys total an mir vorüber,

bis auf SE A VIDA E was im Sommer 1996 rauf und runtergespielt wurde im Radio,mtv und viva , sind die anderen songs ziemlich unbekannt und habe nie irgendwelche videos der anderen singles im Radio oder so gehört

habe mir die cd vor kurzem gekauft und war begeistert

toll house musik- dance+ latino klänge und weg vom eurodance des vorherigen Albums

kein song ist schwach
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Brasilectro avant la lettre, 11. April 2001
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual (Audio CD)
"Bilingual" kommt nicht sehr laut daher, es gibt wenige von den vertrauten großen Hymnen, dafür gibt es als durchgehendes Motiv Latino-Rhythmen, die sehr subtil in den typischen House-Elektro-Sound der Pet Shop Boys gemischt werden. Mit "Se a vida é" und dem wunderbaren "Belong" finden sich auch zwei Hits auf diesem Album, insgesamt aber besteht es vor allem aus fein produzierten Songs, die sich nicht besonders aufdrängen. Hier läßt sich durchaus von Eleganz sprechen, vielleicht ist dies sogar das stilvollste Album der Pet Shop Boys überhaupt.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen hay una discoteca por acqui?, 15. Januar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual-Special Edition (Audio CD)
Dieses Motto kann bei dieser Doppel CD nur unterstrichen werden. Endlich ein Pet Shop Boys Album das wieder einmal begeistert. Zwar halte ich 'behaviour' für das ultimative PSB-Album, aber gerade BILINGUAL ist eine perfekte Mischung aus altbewährtem und grandios produziertem Pop. Klar sind die Latin-Tracks DISCOTECA, SINGLE oder SE A VIDA É gewöhnungsbedürftig, aber rapping Neil auf METAMORPHOSIS läßt den Witz alter Tage wieder aufblitzen. Überhaupt ist Abwechslung versprochen, sei es durch gute Balladen wie IT ALWAYS COMES AS A SURPRISE oder der gängigen Nummer UP AGAINST IT. Perfekte kurzweil Unterhaltung auf hohem Niveau.
Das wirklich erstaunliche an diesem Album ist jedoch die BILINGUAL REMIXED CD. Anders als bei 'disco 1+2' finde ich die Mixe hier längst nicht so seicht; angefangen bei dem Musical-Remix von SOMEWHERE über die um Klassen gewonnene A RED LETTER DAY Version bis hin zu den atmosphärisch gut gelungenen Remixen von SE A VIDA É und DISCOTECA. Wenn BILINGUAL, dann unbedingt in dieser SPECIAL EDITION... (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen No translation or subtitles required, 6. Februar 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual (Audio CD)
Again the Pet Shop Boys played their little trick on their fans. The album Very was released in 1994, and didn't do very well commercially or critically, and while the Pet Shop Boys shortly thereafter toured, it had the feeling (partly due to the rumour mill) that this was in fact a farewell series of performances. The next year, when the dual-disc set Alternative was released, the question was largely, 'Alternative to what?' -- a real album, a continuation (Alternative was made up of all the non-album b-sides that had been released during the Pet Shop Boys career, once again fueling speculation that this was a tying-up-of-loose-ends at the end of a career).
Then, in 1996, the album Bilingual was released, again following the by-then-well-established pattern of releasing a single, then follow-up with the album. This was an 'out' album; while most people always knew the alternative sexuality of the group, it had never been made explicit in the group's official publicity. Now, it had been. No surprise to anyone really (does anything coming from any band from the 80's really surprise anyone?).
The Pet Shop Boys managed to release an adequate album, alas, not their best work, and indeed some commentators, remembering the speculation that they were ready to retire, opined that retirement would have been better than this.
Not so, to be sure -- this is a perfectly serviceable album, good in many respects; the first single, Before, was released with a CD-movie of the video (very useful for those without Euro-MTV, American MTV long since having left the genre of the Pet Shop Boys behind and thus unlikely to carry their videos even when they win Euro-MTV awards). This song included many of the classic Pet Shop Boys elements -- poppy dance tune, double-edged lyrics, sample heavy feel, and toe-tapping rhythm.
The rest of the album is influenced obviously by the groups adventures in Latin America and Latin Europe during their concert tour, as well as holidays in the sun. Songs such as Discoteca and Se a vida é contain in their titles the influence; peppered throughout with almost spoken lines in Spanish (¿Hay una discoteca por acqui?), almost as if they had simply lifted lines from their Berlitz travel phrase book. But, in the traditional quirky Pet Shop Boys way, these fit in nicely with the tune.
The transitions on this album are interesting -- for the first time, the Pet Shop Boys didn't have their songs as isolated bits, but many instead flowed together--Discoteca and Single being two prime examples, which bleed together musically and lyrically, the end of Single being also the first line from Discoteca: (¿Hay una discoteca por acqui?).
Songs in the much more traditional upbeat, lyrically-cynical and clever, electronically pop include To step aside, A red letter day, and Saturday night forever. Tennant begins to allow himself some more direct social commentary in songs like The survivors, which can be understood on many levels. Of course, Tennant's lyrics on the album Behaviour poked fun at those celebrities who, because they have fame, suddenly start taking themselves seriously as experts on social concerns, so he is understandably cautious and understated in his own observations, which are usually very much rooted in his own, direct experiences.
As with many Pet Shop Boys albums, Bilingual had a follow-up single, Somewhere, which was not included on the album, but was on the special edition, limited release of the double-CD Bilingual. This second disc includes in addition to Somewhere remixes of several of the album cuts, as well as an additional b-side.
The songs Before, Single, and A red letter day charted variously around the world, but didn't catch hold and take top honours anywhere. Alas, the Pet Shop Boys looked like they were past it. But history has proven differently.
This is an essential album to anyone who wishes a complete Pet Shop Boys collection -- the special album only for those die-hard collectors who can spend extra on auction sites or some such to track it down, but one gains little musically from it. However, this album is for the most part a placeholder in the overall history of the Pet Shop Boys (for the historically inclined, perhaps it is the 'James Polk' of their albums, adequate but undistinguished, often forgotten, but still on the books).
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Das reifste Album der Boys, 17. Oktober 2001
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual (Audio CD)
Die Pet Shop Boys beschreiten mit diesem Album neue Wege und präsentieren ihren Pop in einer modernen Version, gespickt mit Latino-Elementen. Dies ist sicher kein perfektes PSB-Album, bei dem jeder Song sofort ins Ohr geht, es enthält jedoch andererseits ein paar echte Perlen. Zu diesen zählen u.A. die grandiosen ersten zwei Tracks ("Discoteca"/"Single"), welche ungewöhnlich intensiv daherkommen und bereits alleine die Anschaffung der CD wert sind.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen gute wahl, 21. Januar 2002
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual (Audio CD)
Eine der relaxtesten Platten der PSBs - eher verhalten optimistisch und nachdenklich als tragisch, und mit "Se avida e" sogar ein echter Sonnenschein, dazu auf CD 2 die B-Seiten der Maxis und einige wirklich gute Remixe (nur schade, daß der Discoteca-Pink-Trousers-Remix fehlt...). Mehr braucht der Neueinsteiger nicht. Der langjährige Fan hat aber das meiste schon im Plattenregal stehen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen No translation or subtitles required..., 20. Februar 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual-Special Edition (Audio CD)
Again the Pet Shop Boys played their little trick on their fans. The album Very was released in 1994, and didn't do very well commercially or critically, and while the Pet Shop Boys shortly thereafter toured, it had the feeling (partly due to the rumour mill) that this was in fact a farewell series of performances. The next year, when the dual-disc set Alternative was released, the question was largely, 'Alternative to what?' -- a real album, a continuation (Alternative was made up of all the non-album b-sides that had been released during the Pet Shop Boys career, once again fueling speculation that this was a tying-up-of-loose-ends at the end of a career).
Then, in 1996, the album Bilingual was released, again following the by-then-well-established pattern of releasing a single, then follow-up with the album. This was an 'out' album; while most people always knew the alternative sexuality of the group, it had never been made explicit in the group's official publicity. Now, it had been. No surprise to anyone really (does anything coming from any band from the 80's really surprise anyone?).
The Pet Shop Boys managed to release an adequate album, alas, not their best work, and indeed some commentators, remembering the speculation that they were ready to retire, opined that retirement would have been better than this.
Not so, to be sure -- this is a perfectly serviceable album, good in many respects; the first single, Before, was released with a CD-movie of the video (very useful for those without Euro-MTV, American MTV long since having left the genre of the Pet Shop Boys behind and thus unlikely to carry their videos even when they win Euro-MTV awards). This song included many of the classic Pet Shop Boys elements -- poppy dance tune, double-edged lyrics, sample heavy feel, and toe-tapping rhythm.
The rest of the album is influenced obviously by the groups adventures in Latin America and Latin Europe during their concert tour, as well as holidays in the sun. Songs such as Discoteca and Se a vida é contain in their titles the influence; peppered throughout with almost spoken lines in Spanish (¿Hay una discoteca por acqui?), almost as if they had simply lifted lines from their Berlitz travel phrase book. But, in the traditional quirky Pet Shop Boys way, these fit in nicely with the tune.
The transitions on this album are interesting -- for the first time, the Pet Shop Boys didn't have their songs as isolated bits, but many instead flowed together--Discoteca and Single being two prime examples, which bleed together musically and lyrically, the end of Single being also the first line from Discoteca: (¿Hay una discoteca por acqui?).
Songs in the much more traditional upbeat, lyrically-cynical and clever, electronically pop include To step aside, A red letter day, and Saturday night forever. Tennant begins to allow himself some more direct social commentary in songs like The survivors, which can be understood on many levels. Of course, Tennant's lyrics on the album Behaviour poked fun at those celebrities who, because they have fame, suddenly start taking themselves seriously as experts on social concerns, so he is understandably cautious and understated in his own observations, which are usually very much rooted in his own, direct experiences.
As with many Pet Shop Boys albums, Bilingual had a follow-up single, Somewhere, which was not included on the album, but was on the special edition, limited release of the double-CD Bilingual. This second disc includes in addition to Somewhere remixes of several of the album cuts, as well as an additional b-side.
The songs Before, Single, and A red letter day charted variously around the world, but didn't catch hold and take top honours anywhere. Alas, the Pet Shop Boys looked like they were past it. But history has proven differently.
This is an essential album to anyone who wishes a complete Pet Shop Boys collection -- the special album only for those die-hard collectors who can spend extra on auction sites or some such to track it down, but one gains little musically from it. However, this album is for the most part a placeholder in the overall history of the Pet Shop Boys (for the historically inclined, perhaps it is the 'James Polk' of their albums, adequate but undistinguished, often forgotten, but still on the books).
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4.0 von 5 Sternen No translation or subtitles required, 2. Februar 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual Limited (Audio CD)
Again the Pet Shop Boys played their little trick on their fans. The album Very was released in 1994, and didn't do very well commercially or critically, and while the Pet Shop Boys shortly thereafter toured, it had the feeling (partly due to the rumour mill) that this was in fact a farewell series of performances. The next year, when the dual-disc set Alternative was released, the question was largely, 'Alternative to what?' -- a real album, a continuation (Alternative was made up of all the non-album b-sides that had been released during the Pet Shop Boys career, once again fueling speculation that this was a tying-up-of-loose-ends at the end of a career).
Then, in 1996, the album Bilingual was released, again following the by-then-well-established pattern of releasing a single, then follow-up with the album. This was an 'out' album; while most people always knew the alternative sexuality of the group, it had never been made explicit in the group's official publicity. Now, it had been. No surprise to anyone really (does anything coming from any band from the 80's really surprise anyone?).
The Pet Shop Boys managed to release an adequate album, alas, not their best work, and indeed some commentators, remembering the speculation that they were ready to retire, opined that retirement would have been better than this.
Not so, to be sure -- this is a perfectly serviceable album, good in many respects; the first single, Before, was released with a CD-movie of the video (very useful for those without Euro-MTV, American MTV long since having left the genre of the Pet Shop Boys behind and thus unlikely to carry their videos even when they win Euro-MTV awards). This song included many of the classic Pet Shop Boys elements -- poppy dance tune, double-edged lyrics, sample heavy feel, and toe-tapping rhythm.
The rest of the album is influenced obviously by the groups adventures in Latin America and Latin Europe during their concert tour, as well as holidays in the sun. Songs such as Discoteca and Se a vida é contain in their titles the influence; peppered throughout with almost spoken lines in Spanish (¿Hay una discoteca por acqui?), almost as if they had simply lifted lines from their Berlitz travel phrase book. But, in the traditional quirky Pet Shop Boys way, these fit in nicely with the tune.
The transitions on this album are interesting -- for the first time, the Pet Shop Boys didn't have their songs as isolated bits, but many instead flowed together--Discoteca and Single being two prime examples, which bleed together musically and lyrically, the end of Single being also the first line from Discoteca: (¿Hay una discoteca por acqui?).
Songs in the much more traditional upbeat, lyrically-cynical and clever, electronically pop include To step aside, A red letter day, and Saturday night forever. Tennant begins to allow himself some more direct social commentary in songs like The survivors, which can be understood on many levels. Of course, Tennant's lyrics on the album Behaviour poked fun at those celebrities who, because they have fame, suddenly start taking themselves seriously as experts on social concerns, so he is understandably cautious and understated in his own observations, which are usually very much rooted in his own, direct experiences.
As with many Pet Shop Boys albums, Bilingual had a follow-up single, Somewhere, which was not included on the album, but was on the special edition, limited release of the double-CD Bilingual. This second disc includes in addition to Somewhere remixes of several of the album cuts, as well as an additional b-side.
The songs Before, Single, and A red letter day charted variously around the world, but didn't catch hold and take top honours anywhere. Alas, the Pet Shop Boys looked like they were past it. But history has proven differently.
This is an essential album to anyone who wishes a complete Pet Shop Boys collection -- the special album only for those die-hard collectors who can spend extra on auction sites or some such to track it down, but one gains little musically from it. However, this album is for the most part a placeholder in the overall history of the Pet Shop Boys (for the historically inclined, perhaps it is the 'James Polk' of their albums, adequate but undistinguished, often forgotten, but still on the books).
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mainstream-Pop, 24. Oktober 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bilingual (Audio CD)
Diese CD ist ein typisches Pet Shop Boys-Produkt, natürlich in ihrem unverwechselbaren Sound. Das ist nichts besonderes, aber auch nichts schlechtes, ein Werk, dem man durchaus die Note "gut" geben kann. immerhin sind 2 Hits der Petshop-Poys auf der CD enthalten.
Und als Bonus gibt es noch eine 2. CD mit vielen Remixen
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