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Pet Shop Boys review – wistful veterans perform like peerless pop kids | Musique Non Stop

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pet Shop Boys review – wistful veterans perform like peerless pop kids

SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
Decked out like dystopian gameshow hosts, the duo put on a gloriously overblown show that recaptures the triumph and optimism of their heyday

Rotating into view from behind two large white screens, dressed in black and sporting spherical metallic helmets that make their heads look like they’re hooked up to high-powered magnets, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe could be gameshow hosts from a dystopian future.

The voltage is progressively cranked up on Inner Sanctum and Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) during another not exactly understated stage show, as a video screen beams intense shapes and colours and lasers slice through plumes of dry ice. But it’s Pet Shop Boys’ third song of the night, The Pop Kids (the linchpin of their latest album, Super) that more subtly captures the wistfully triumphant headspace in which this most definitively 1980s of British electronic pop acts operates.

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