MUSIC BOOK OF THE FORTNIGHT
NEIL TENNANT One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem Faber & Faber
Charting the Pet Shop Boys’ progression from early, lovelorn reveries to succinct, cutting artistic statements, One Hundred Lyrics And A Poem offers a fascinating insight into the duo’s songwriting process. Before PSB, Tennant worked at Smash Hits by day and toiled over songs by night: his journalistic experience may well be what gives his lyrics that extra sharpness which makes them special. Tennant provides personal, background commentaries to the song lyrics: these are carefully modulated, and they never become so obtrusive as to rule out alternative interpretations. Profound, satirical and often devastating, Tennant’s warning that lyrics are made to be heard and not read notwithstanding, this book would work as a collection of poetry.