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One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem by Neil Tennant

One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

Neil Tennant

3.83 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Music, Non-fiction, Poetry
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 1 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9780571348909

Everything I've ever done Everything I ever do Every place I've ever been Everywhere I'm going to Over a career that spans four decades and thirteen studio albums with Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has consistently proved himself to be one of the most elegant and stylish of contemporary lyricists.

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4 stars out of 5
Sukhdev Sandhu
12 Dec 2018

"what a pleasure it is to drift through more than three decades of droll vignettes, metropolitan tristesse and bittersweet generational chronicle"

It’s true his band still has a large following (including myself). It’s also true they are not getting any younger. (Nor am I alas.) Bifocals be damned though: what a pleasure it is to drift through more than three decades of droll vignettes, metropolitan tristesse and bittersweet generational chronicles.... Pet Shop Boys have always been mirror ball magicians. Their songs are euphoric and bruised. If most dance songs are about the intense present or the heady future, Tennant and Lowe’s talent has been to flood theirs with references to yesterdays, to looking back, to tearful goodbyes. 

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3 stars out of 5
Jude Rogers
2 Jan 2019

"Tennant’s precise Englishness requires something bolder to offset its simplicity: you miss fellow Pet Shop Boy Chris Lowe’s neon-lit synthesiser"

Before fame, Tennant was an editor for Marvel Comics and Smash Hits, where, he continues, he learnt about “editing text to make it clearer and more focused… I could apply this to song lyrics and the songwriting process as a whole”. This approach sounds oddly unromantic, and the mood it creates affects the lyrics that follow, as fabulous, sophisticated and melancholy phrases frequently fall with similar coldness on the page...Throughout, Tennant’s precise Englishness requires something bolder to offset its simplicity: you miss fellow Pet Shop Boy Chris Lowe’s neon-lit synthesisers, and those turbo-charged disco pulses. 

4 stars out of 5
Kitty Empire
20 Nov 2018

"full of observation and lashings of pain, stoically borne, but rich with eye-rolling satire too"

His throat-clearing introduction rattles off some major life milestones, and you can’t help but wonder if this elegant little compilation – full of observation and lashings of pain, stoically borne, but rich with eye-rolling satire too – is the publisher’s way of softening Tennant up for a memoir. When he mentions the excitement of recording early tracks in New York with producer Bobby Orlando, he notes, tantalisingly, “but that is a story for a different book”... For now, though, there are the words; some already etched indelibly into the forebrain, some from lesser-known corners of Tennant’s notebooks.