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Actually

Pet Shop Boys

1987

Actually

Album Summary

Actually (stylised as Pet Shop Boys, actually.) is the second studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 7 September 1987 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI Manhattan in North America. According to Neil Tennant and music historian Wayne Studer, Actually loosely critiques Thatcherism, the political zeitgeist of the 1980s, and was recorded in anticipation of Margaret Thatcher's re-election.Actually is featured in the 2005 musical reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and has been recognised in various other 'must-listen' lists. In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at number 22 in its list of the "40 Best Albums of the '80s". In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at number 88 on its list of the "Best Albums of the 1980s". In 2020, Rolling Stone placed it at number 435 on its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".

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Rating

3.15

Votes

5315

Genres

  • Pop
  • Electronica
  • New Wave
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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

With their second album, Actually, the Pet Shop Boys perfected their melodic, detached dance-pop. Where most of Please was dominated by the beats, the rhythms on Actually are part of a series of intricate arrangements that create a glamorous but disposable backdrop for Neil Tennant's tales of isolation, boredom, money, and loneliness. Not only are the arrangements more accomplished, but the songs themselves are more striking, incorporating a strong sense of melody, as evidenced by "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," a duet with Dusty Springfield. Tennant's lyrics are clever and direct, chronicling the lives and times of urban, lonely, and bored yuppies of the late '80s. And the fact that dance-pop is considered a disposable medium by most mainstream critics and listeners only increases the reserved emotional undercurrent of Actually, as well as its irony.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

The eighties were a mistake

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Tue Oct 06 2020
5

5/5 Synthpop and politics are two things I've never thought of before this album, and to be honest I'm blown away! I had thought of synth pop mainly in the vein of one-off, mildly offensive songs like Mr. Roboto, or classic, yet still one-off, songs like Take Me On. There's a certain level of melancholy in Actually that pairs very well in opposition to the upbeat tone and... poppiness of synth pop as a genre. I found Rent to be particularly effective at this, with its short, cutting lyrics about unequal power dynamics paired with synth beats. The unmistakable critiques of British politics (ye olde Margaret Thatcher) and capitalism of the 1980s are also really interesting. It Couldn't Happen Here could easily be viewed as an analogy to the Sinclair Lewis book It Can't Happen Here, except with Thatcher in the driver's seat. Shopping also criticizes industrial privatization. Then there's also the gay subtext in songs like Its a Sin. The production of this album is very clean and in my opinion, its held up quite well. The lyrics are interesting, the instrumentals are varied (love the trombone/trumpet use) so the album doesn't feel too same-y, and a lot of the songs are quite catchy. This album is both highly accessible for members of the public, but also interesting from an analytical standpoint, and I find that that is a really rare and beautiful thing.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Skipping the first song on re-listens really added a star or two on this. I wonder how much impact the opening song on an album has on the ratings on this site. Sometimes it feels like a lot to listen to one new album every day, so first impressions really have to count. One More Chance is just so cheesy. The first 30 seconds sounds like an ad for babbys first sampler. Did that squeaky "ehh" sound really need to survive into the chorus? Past that song though, the album is great. Neil Tennant's vocals are always awesome. Distinctive and expressive without being showy. Pop songs are often in minor keys these days, but I feel like that was less common in the 80s (I might be wrong). The fairly sombre vocals combined with the accessible backdrops feel like a smiling friendly man waving you inside, only to regale you with sad tales of privatisation, religious repression, financially one-sided relationships, the impact of the focus on personal financial gain over personal relationships, and so on. But his voice is so nice that you stay and listen. This was a rollercoaster ride of "ohh I like the pet shop boys, let's have a listen... oh no this is cheesy and dated... actually this song aint bad, and this one, and this one, wait, is the only bad song the first one? yes actually. oh god thats the album name. Did they mean that? Surely not. Like the album giving you a weird cheesy pop song at the start and then saying... actually... and then giving you awesome song after awesome song. Like the way the chorus in Shopping makes you go, what the fuck is this about, then you read what its... actually... about... christ I'm overthinking this. Album good." Have I talked myself into five stars here? I think I have. Why not hey.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

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Tue Aug 24 2021
2

This is very Eighties, but not in a good way for me. Shoutout to "I love you, you pay my rent" as a lyric though.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
1

Boy, that really didn't age well, did it? Gross.

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Wed Oct 14 2020
5

PERFECTION

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

Yes, actually a 5.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

one of my fav albums now. amazing

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Major game piece! Catchiness and fun, lyrical power and greay overall! Still getting covered by newer artists today

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Mon May 10 2021
5

There's a lot of good vibes to this, really love their sound and especially the production. The singing is a little bit so and so, but i really enjoy it. Hit Music is infectious and funky, probably my favorite track off the whole album. 9/10 Best tracks: One More Chance, What Have I Done To Deserve This?, Rent, Hit Music, It's A Sin, Heart. Worst track: Shopping

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

So good. Owned this. So good so good so good.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

One of my favorite bands. Love it.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

What Have I Done to Deserve This Album? Love It ❤🌈

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

Five classic pop-singles + five very strong other tracks - clearly one of the best albums of the 80s.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

This is a masterpiece of electronic pop/dance music. The undertone here is often melancholic, but even then with a hauting, yet melodious vibe. Still, there is variation between songs - listening through this gem never gets boring. We can find some well-known PSB songs from the 80s here (It's a Sin, What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Rent, Heart), but the lesser known songs are good as well, including two especially beautiful ballads (King's Cross/It couldn't happen here). This album is a classic. 5/5

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Practically perfect synth pop. "It's A Sin" alone is worth price of admission, but everything else is so blissful and bouncy. Bravo!

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" is a pop masterpiece. Overall, the synths were immaculate, and this is the peak of '80s dance-pop. What a catchy, poignant and ridiculously calming (for the soul) record. Except "Shopping". That was not the greatest thing.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

It's my guilty secret that I can't help but like PSBs and this is my favourite. I bought it at the time and even went to see them in the 90's (with my girlfriend as cover). All 10 songs are of the highest quality- production, beat and style. The lyrics conjure up a glamourous and often sordid 80's highlife. It's unashamed and catchy.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Massive bias here, I already love the Pet Shop Boys. Dance music with a degree in Dostoevsky was never not going to appeal to my pretentiousness. The fact they can write about such bleak subject matter and not sound like your standard miserabalists is GENIUS. And the lyrics!

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

oh heck yeah. this is the new wave sound that i love and have been waiting for! actually is the definition of moody new wave. the lyrics and the tone of the music make it dark, but there's quite a beat throughout the album. it must the disco vibes! so many songs are just so catchy. "heart" and "hit music" embody that disco feeling! and how absolutely wonderful dusty springfield lended her voice for the "what have i done to deserve this?" duet. pet shop boys and dusty springfield are an unusual combination but one that paid off big. i've been looking forward to the pet shop boys on this list, and i'm so thrilled i was not disappointed. i do get nervous submitting 5s but i do know i will come back to this album and enjoy it more and more. final note: the album cover is such, such a mood.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

The Pet Shop Boys came to my attention in 1986 with the album Please. I loved that album. But their release of 1987 of this album is what made me a huge fan. This is 80s perfection. I love every song on this album. From the absolutely phenomenal “It’s A Sin” to the sad elegy “It Couldn’t Happen Here”, this album mixes politics and personal stories deeply into these incredible electronic dance creations. One of the finest albums from the Pet Shop Boys, and one of the finest albums from the 80s, or any decade for that matter.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

This album came out when I was 19. I had it on cassette and played it all the time in those days. It is one of the soundtracks to my college years, as well as a wonderful document of Britain in the the late 80s with its subtle references to Thatcherism. Having spent some time with Dusty Springfield's wonderful music in this project, I am so happy that this album helped to bring her back into the spotlight (and that Dusty in Memphis was Neil Tennant's favourite album!) I love the synth-pop sound, the dancy tracks, and the emotions in this. An absolute favorite then and now.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Nice, dancey. Very on-par with Depeche Mode without being as dark. Love the Dusty Springfield duet. Favorite tracks: "I Want to Wake Up", "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", "It's a Sin"

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

No West End Girls? Still, pretty cool. I feel like I’m in a Delorian on my way to pick up some Ludes after a long day of day trading. Seriously though, this has a Pure 80s vibe and is solid all the way through. There are remnants of lot of what the Pet Shop Boys did here.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

You cannot convince me this isnt a parody album of Britpop. Heavy Synth sounds and decent music, but the vocals are almost nonsensical. Particularly the Shopping-Rent-Hit Music run in the middle. The fact that Shopping is often used on British Shopping Channels makes it seem like the song was produced for that purpose rather than the song coming first.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
2

Kinda shit

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Sat Oct 02 2021
2

It's a sin indeed. 10 seconds in I already felt the urge to turn it off. Came out of it with only two half-decent songs, salvaging a second star.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
1

This was SO hard to get through. 'Actually' was a dated snooze-fest that barely held my interest throughout what felt like a terribly long listen (although this isn't long at all compared to some of the albums I have received so far on this list). To sum up my feelings on this one, all you need to do is look at the album cover as the yawning was a perfect representation of how I felt going through this album. I was just constantly unimpressed by anything on here. None of the instrumentals stood out to me as it just seemed like generic 80's synth-pop throughout with no catchy hooks. I also did not enjoy the singer's voice at all; while he has a unique tone, I found it pretty irritating and noticed that he sang every type of song the exact same way. The combination between annoying vocals and boring music ended up making this feel like a parody of everything it was trying to be which is about the worst thing I can say about an album from this genre. This is not an album that I can recommend anyone check out, and I am not sure how it can deserve a spot on this list at all. 'Actually' is the weakest album I have listened to so far. 1.5/5. NOTE: I went to check this one off of my list and saw that there are 3(!) Pet Shop Boys albums on this list. How?!?!?

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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

Nice

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Mon May 17 2021
5

— В Pet Shop Boys музыкальная сила и мудрость... — Вы любите Pet Shop Boys? — (подергивая плечами) Да-а — А какие альбомы предпочитаете? — (Протягивая руку) Да обычны... ну вот, пожалуйста, Actually. Нормальный альбом. Пацанский, хули. Слушать можно. — Похвалите ещё Pet Shop Boys. — (С заминкой) Ну как его похвалить... ну заебись альбом. Пиздатый альбом! Как его ещё похвалить бля... (небольшая усмешка, перерастающая в полноценный смешок) — А ещё пара красивых слов? — (Показывает большой палец) Не-въе-бен-ный альбом! — Спасибо. — (безразлично) Да на здоровье. (Ставит альбом на повтор) Вот оно — музыкальное золото!

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Loved it

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

80'er for fuld skrue. Alle de rigtige lyde, Juno's, Gated Snare, det HELE!

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield), Rent, It's a Sin, Heart. Se merecen un 5.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

El pop fet art. Un altre dels grans discos que van fer bons els vuitanta, amb una sensibilitat artística (i lletrística) que molt pocs artistes han demostrat, tota ella al servei d’unes cançons inoblidables, tan fossin grans èxits del moment (‘It’s a Sin’, ‘What Have I Done…’, ‘Rent’, ‘Heart’…) com temes més amagats però igualment portentosos (‘It Couldn’Happen Here’, ‘I Want to Wake Up’, ‘One More Chance’)

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

A nice 80s pop-rock album, very atmospheric.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Прекрасно

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Knocking off a star because of Morrissey

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

I’m a big fan of Pet Shop Boys so this one was really fun. A great album with a lot to choose from!

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Yay, more Pet Shop Boys! And this one has my two favorite songs by them (Heart and It's A Sin; Rent is really good too though). I gave this one two spins and enjoyed the first couple of tracks a lot more on the second go than the first. To be honest, this might be more of a 4 star album than a 5 star album... but Heart!

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Sat May 28 2022
5

Flawless. By far their most consistent album, passing the acid test that listening to the album tracks without the singles shows no drop in quality.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

fuckin awesome I mean, I’m not surprised, it’s easy for this genre to impress me 10/10

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

Very very very good. actually.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Great electro pop sound

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

I don’t need to do this one because… ok I will. I don’t need an excuse for listening to one of my all time favourite albums, (Later) Gosh. ‘Kings Cross’ is a masterpiece of observational melancholy. It shouldn’t work in the same album as ‘Heart’. Or the plaintive complaint of ‘What Have I Done to Deserve This’. That’s the thing about this album. The whole is a lot greater than its parts. Not so many artistes really think about putting together a complementary suite of songs nowadays, rather focusing on bangers and necessary fillers. This is the package. THE package.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Rent это sin

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Espectacular. Masterpiece

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Loved it. Pure bliss.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

I realize that I should have more Pet Shop Boys in my life.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Awesome album and not me most favorite album of theirs.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Actually ages and I still love it. This is my first listen of this remaster, which brings out the datedness of many of the instruments. Yet I can't find anything bad at a song level and looked excitedly forward through the end of the record. The laconic delivery pairs perfectly with the ironic tone, but the songs keep you dancing as well. The rare record you can enjoy earnestly while annoying your friends with.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Okay I've never heard these folks before but I actually really enjoyed this.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Very much a product of its time, but a damn good one.

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Wed Sep 23 2020
4

Actually waited until Wednesday to listen to this. Was only familiar with Pet Shop Boys through West Side Girls and Always on My Mind. This is a really good 80's pop record. Favorites include What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Shopping, It's a Sin, Heart and King's Cross.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

8/10 FT: Rent

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Fri Oct 02 2020
4

Classic synth-pop album, full of hits. It couldn't happen here and the last two are great, plus the Dusty track, and It's A Sin one of the best synth tracks of the 80's.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

It was okay!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Great hooks!

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

James Murphy got it honest.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

i listen to half of this, I enjoyed it but it lost my attention mid way through, i dont think that was the albums fault though

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

I like this album a lot more than i expected to. A lot of fun. Would reccomend especially to anyone enjoying the 80s vibes of 2020 pop

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

An album I wish I would have listened to more in the 80s.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Este disco me pareció interesante porque yo hubiera pensado más en Depeche Mode como representante para este estilo de música (rock-pop electrónico ochentero), pero creo entender por qué propusieron este disco: por las letras. Es interesante cómo van de temas tan "vanales" como en Hit Music hasta temas tan filosóficos como "It's a Sin".

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Great 80s Electronica

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

I was raised on Pet Shop Boys, so this album is nothing new to me. I used to hate being woken up with this blasting at 9am on a Sunday, but listening this willingly is much more enjoyable.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Fun 80's album, easy listen with a chill vibe

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Pop clásico fácil de consumir muy bien producido. Canciones cuidadas y muy bien manejadas. La sorpresa viene con las letras. Algunas son simples y sin mucha profundidad, otras son más reveladoras y cínicas, o de crítica como Shopping. Gran descubrimiento, lo disfruté montones. Songs: It's a sin, Rent, Heart

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Bra album med riktiga klassiker :)

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Didn’t expect to, but really got a kick out of this album! The beats were great, I found myself moving along to it in the kitchen - and the jabs at the privatization of the UK and Thatcherism were like a little cherry on top. Enjoyed meaning behind a genre often focused on partying - at least from what I know as a mostly outsider to electronic and dance.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Never really considered myself to be a huge fan of The Pet Shop Boys, but really enjoyed listening to this album.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Nice

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Great - very of its time, and evocative. Will listen again!

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Been a Pet Shop Boys greatest hits guy for years, first time I can remember listening to an album in full. Great stuff which got us dancing post dinner, and It’s a Sin is a full on classique

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Ennakkoasenne oli, että tämä olisi nyhjöttävää homorummutusta, mutta olikin paljon menevämpää ja mukaansa tempaavampaa, ainakin levyn eka puolisko. Ekat viisi biisiä sai jalan hytkymään rytmissä, mutta sitten tuli vähän sellainen suvantovaihe, loppua kohden vähän tasaantui. Alun perusteella mietin jo että pitääkö antaa vitonen, mutta loppuarvosanaksi ansaittu nelkkukelkku.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

They don’t make pop music like this anymore. Top stuff. One More Chance is a great opener

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

There was some recent Spackers discussion as to whether any 1980s electro bands were more than singles bands. The answer is emphatically yes. The answer is Pet Shop Boys.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

I had the album before this one, and loved it. By the time this one came around I was a little bit over the band. There are a couple of excellent tracks here, namely It's A Sin and Heart, but also a lot of filler. No matter the quality though, it's a surefire nostalgia machine transporting me straight back to 87.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Oh the memories! Love it

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

I feel like in 2010 + we have so many bands like that ! Obviously there is a huge gap in terms of production technology but some songs for me sounds so much like so many bands that got huge "recently". I do feel like they are an influence for the VST bands. Sounds upbeat but not just "happy", I like the sound choices and production a lot. I like the vibe and will give 4 stars !

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Pet Shop Boys - an easy four for me - smart pop - great lyrics, Chris Lowe is a legend and it contains four genuine classic tracks - Rent, Heart , It’s A Sin and What have I done to deserve this . Real snapshot of 80s Britain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Stone cold electo pop classic👌🙌

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Actually really good

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Some great tunes. "It's a Sin" and "What have done to deserve this" which I had already heard were particularly good surprise track "I want to wake up" my fave.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

the other pet shop boys album has the better, well known songs!

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. Only heard 'It's a sin' before which is bonafide hit record. The opening 2 tracks are great and set the tone for the rest of the album. Unfortunately, the quality could not be maintained and there are some simple lyrics. Lots of references to money which I didn't understand.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

The first half sets out its postmodern aspirations particularly in shopping, rent and hit music, where the joke is on the listener. The second half moves into more sincere territory with the powerful 'it's a sin', the atmospheric 'it couldn't happen here' (Co written by ennio morricone), and perhaps my favourite track on first listen: 'I want to take up'. 'Kings cross' is a noice evocative finishing track. Brilliant album and one I will revisit.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Very 80s synth similar to New Order of the same era. Great pop. Always liked Kings Cross, shopping and the singles.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Favourite Song: Rent

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Всегда путал этих бойзов, Бисти, Пэт Шоп, ещё там Бич какой-нить будет. Ну, без "The" в начале, и на том спасибо, собсна. И вообще из всех бойзов мой фаворит "Бойчик" в исполнении Френдзоны. Так, чё там по альбому. Крякалка во вступительном треке маленько отвратила от него вовсе. Но всё же на репите гонял и таки разглядел в нём годноту. В Rent, Hit Music, It's A Sin, Heart и разглядывать не надо, хорошо на ухо ложатся, можно напевать. Да и в целом более ничего одиозного не встречается. Да, инструментал порой слишком минималистичный. Но доминантой служат вокальные партии, которые вполне годные. В общем, по итогу пропёрся, мб даже возвращусь когда.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

Neat 80s synth pop album. "It's A Sin" is a bop.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Iconic

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

New Age Neo-Gay. Toit. 4 porque no hay 3.5

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Favorites: 1) Heart 2) It's a Sin 3) One More Chance

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

yeah its good

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Pretty much, but male vocals are not really my thing here, at least. "The Sin" was a nice piece though

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Never taken the time to listen to this album until now. glad i did

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Great 80s synth-pop, and, yeah at some points the sound is cringingly 80s synth-pop.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

the queer struggle told through catchy saccharine bops that you'd probably hear while at an outlet store. Wonderful stuff!

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

I guess I am really into English synth-pop. Who knew!!

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Nice one. Loved the sounds. Very nice easy pop. 4,5 stars

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Muy buenos sintetizadores. Una banda de culto, un muy buen disco

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Definitely an album from the 80s. I wasn't liking it at first, but then the album grew on me. 4.1/5 stars

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

some bangers on here

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

One More Chance - lol reminds me of that Friends episode where Ross shows them his keyboard playing and he just has random sounds put together... This one is definitely "interesting..." Rent - this one was kind of weird - why is the lyrics "i love you, you pay my rent" lol The rest was okay

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

I bought this CD the week that Annie and I got married. I brought it with us when we stayed up north that weekend. We laughed at the song "Rent." It was at a time when I was first (re)opening my mind to this era of music. Listening back I love it more than ever. I'm impressed with the perfection of sound. And all the programming that takes. Vocals are good too.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Catchy electronic pop that still holds up

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Banger banger vabegr vamber vanggr banger

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Used to listen to my dads tapes of Pet Shop Boys as a youth. This was a fun album. It’s A Sin in particular is a BOP!

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

The PetShop Boys, Actually is a quintessential 80s album. With songs including "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" and "Rent" have the iconic sound of pop synths and dramatic electro-drum beats. Best: What Have I Done to Deserve This?; Shopping Worst: It Couldn't Happen Here

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

i love this album, always have, i love Neil's voice and almost spoken word style. I love how catchy the songs are. Always a pleasure to listen to the pet shop boys

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

Great album, lots of good memories

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

fremragende album

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Did not realize It's a Sin was on there, their sound is pretty good.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

A nice album!

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

A 3-star album that gets a fourth star for the trip back to my senior year in high school. Just like the album, that year was hit or miss, but overall pretty damn good.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Very cool album! Fresh!

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

"It's a sin" is a true banger :)

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

7/10. Solid songs, a bit samey as an album for how long it is. Nothing revolutionary.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Surprisingly excellent. High quality throughout and some absolute tunes

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

stadium pop, laced with melancholy

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Really fun and catchy 80s synthpop. I need to get more Pet Shop Boys on wax.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

some tunes were a bit weak, but the better ones stay in your head for days 3.7

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Fun and poppy album. Feel good type music.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Absolutely stellar 80's pop. Not every song deserves to be 5 minutes long, but other than that this is perfection. Favorite Tracks: "One More Chance", "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", "Shopping", "Hit Music", "It Couldn't Happen Here", "It's a Sin", "I Want to Wake Up"

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Sounds very 70s early new wave. Enjoyed it... didn't love it.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

It's tempting to label Pet Shop Boys as a singles band, and if you want to listen to them that way, it's fine, of course. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", "Rent", and "It's a Sin" are among the best songs of the decade, but you'd be missing something of what the band offers if you stick just to the hits. They have an excellent knack for building a nocturnal, urban atmosphere across an album. Just gotta add: Dusty Springfield steals my heart every time.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

nice

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: One more chance, It’s a sin, I want to wake up

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

4.1 - Another solid "slice-of-life" British record done in the vein of dance-pop with strong political and social commentary. There are also plenty of nods to "the gay experience." "Shopping" describes British power brokering to the highest bidder, no matter the trade-offs. "What Have I Done..." and "Rent" describe sugar daddy romantic arrangements. "It's A Sin" describes homophobia and not adhering to social mores.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

A Thatcherite critique you can dance to.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Holy cow, this is TOO GOOD for a synthpop album! What a fun gem!

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

This is my third Pet Shop Boys album through the project, and while I scored the other two of them three stars, I think I'm bumping this one to four. Partly their sound has grown on me, I suppose, and partly "It's A Sin" is an absolutely fantastic tune. My favourite PSB track from any of their albums....

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

Cool album

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Kinda like this album, honestly... Big Zoolander vibes.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Did I just take an 80’s nap?

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Solid

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Sat Jun 18 2022
4

Actually great. Get it

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

adoro Pet Shop Boys, mas esse álbum não me cativou como eu gostaria. confesso: acho que no caso deles eu prefiro uma compilação mesmo

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Actually...this is a great album. Classic PSB. 4/5

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

un clasico!!!!! los voy a ver el jueves en directo :) me flipa what have i done to deserve this"

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Les Pet Shop Boys viennent nous offrir un superbe album de manualisme synthpop, qui vient encore un peu conforter ma position de plus grand fan de synthpop du générateur.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

So inventive! I love the like it's electronic-pop-irreverence . It's not full of things I adore, but it's close and I really appreciated it. synth-pop has always been one of my go-to rock subgenres and it was so cool to be able to hear one of the first bands in the genre on the album where they really hit their stride.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Some incredibly solid synth pop tunes, outside of the first track. I've always enjoyed Tennant's unique vocals. Surprising depth for a pop album, a lot of political commentary, especially Thatcher and the conservatives who were in power for the entirety of the 80s. I think I actually prefer their first album Please, which incidentally isn't one of the 3 Pet Shop Boys albums on this 1001 list!

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Good, but a little dated in places.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Probably one of the better Brit-pop Bands. They're synth wave sound is definitely one of the most influential and popular trends of the 80s. Best Songs: Rent, Hit Music, Worst Songs: It Couldn't Happen Here

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Este disco fue una sorpresa. Para mí, es uno de los que más me ha gustado de los más de cien que ya llevo escuchados en este listado. Tiene éxitos que ya conocía, pero que no podría haber situado temporalmente, mucho menos discográficamente, pero hay otros que realmente suenan bien y para mis oídos acostumbrados al pop y al synth-pop, este disco de los PSB es un buen disco.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

in the beginning it was 3-star worthy, but as the songs progressed it got better and better

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

This provided me a fun afternoon dance party today.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Way better than I remember. Filled with bops.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Liked this a lot better than I thought I would - the definitive 80s sound

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Party boy sad dance music. I love it.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

This sounded like good 80s dance-pop when it was released and it holds up as good dance pop today. This refined the Pet Shop Boys sound introduced on their debut and their detached cold manner. The wry, tongue in cheek lyrics adds appropriately to the equation. They continues to refine their dance-pop over the next decades, but all of the seeds are sown here.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

ackchyually

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

I ACTUALLY enjoyed this, and my infant son was enthralled too.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

It's easy to write off a lot of 80s synth pop as having aged badly but I think this one has enough musical depth to keep it interesting

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Exactly how i expected it to go down. Great stuff

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

It’s impossible not to have a good time when Pet Shop Boys are playing. Somewhat presented as a party and dance band, there’s actually (lol) only a few tracks that wouldn’t be a mood killer at any ordinary party. The production on hits such as “What Have I Done To Deserve This” and the extremely dramatic “It’s A Sin” is absolute perfection but there’s so many more excellent songs to be found scattered around this record. Especially the goosebump inducing Rent”, “I Want To Wake Up” and “Heart” is just as good as any Pet Shop classic.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

I have a huge affection for Pet Shop Boys, and "Actually" is the boys at their most Pet Shoppy. There's room for power pop as well as sensitive, extravagant ballads. The obvious tracks to highlight are 'What Have I Done To Deserve This' (with a delightful feature from Dusty Springfield) and the smash hit 'It's a Sin' (whose melody is TOTALLY not a ripoff of 'Wild World'...). But for me the lesser known tracks 'Rent' and especially 'Heart' are just as noteworthy and work extremely well on the record as well as live. As always with the Boys: great melodies, a strong backbeat and an all around good time had by all.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

4.5 Lush, luxurious and flashy. This is the epitome of 80’s rich people pop. You can almost imagine fashion shows using this music. I’m a big fan of the song West End Girls since it was in GTA V and these guys always sold at Green Light so I’m not surprised I enjoyed most of this. By the end of the first song I found myself singing along. Aside from some boring bits in the middle, I think this is a super cool 80’s timepiece. Favorites: One More Chance, What Have I Done To Deserve This?, Rent, It’s a Sin, I Want to Wake Up, King’s Cross

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

Really catchy and poppy, it’s so fun. 8/10

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

I hear they're good!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Filthy 80s pop. Fuck yes

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

A better, shorter, more clever, more enjoyable version of Welcome to the Pleasuredome. I also way prefer Neil Tennant's vocals, unique but not distracting. The LGBT, anti-Thatcher and general synths position this as almost a soundtrack to films and series like Pride and obviously It's a Sin, so that's the kind of atmosphere I'm feeling. 15/11/22

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

I thought I never heard this album before but at least some songs sound familiar, quite enjoy the fun vibe and overall feel

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

This album takes me back to the late 80s. Brought a guilty chuckle remembering the Sam Kinison joke regarding the PSB & hamsters. Anyway, A couple of the tracks were big hits on the FM, but even the ones I hadn’t heard before are decent. The 2018 remaster on Spotify has good low end extension. Shopping, Heart, Hit Music and Kings Cross are quality.

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Wed Oct 28 2020
3

Fun album reminiscent of New Order that gets kind of borring and repetitive later on.

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Thu Nov 05 2020
3

Svängigt och chill på samma gång

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Sounds like the 80s, not my favorite.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Rent was stuck in my head for hours after listening to this album. I enjoyed the commentary + dance music combo in some songs, but I found myself drifting out of the album a lot. Maybe its because I don’t know much about music but some of it sounded sort of generic? Not sure. I think some of the songs could’ve been shorter.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

"Shopping" was pretty great, as was "Rent" and a few other notable tracks, but was just a little too tame and samey to venture into 4th star territory for me. Enjoyable, but I don't know if I'll listen again.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Levy jota vaivaa Pet Shop Boys -syndrooma. Hittibiisit ovat täyttä timanttia, kun taas täytebiisejä ei jaksa ollenkaan. En ole ikinä oikein jaksanut kuunnella bändin levyjä omina kokonaisuuksinaan, vaan yleensä soittimeen päätyy jonkinlainen kokoelmalevy. Kyllä tätä silti oikein mielellään kuuntelee.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

Conocía un par de rolas de éste disco y es bastante ameno, no cabe duda de que son unos pioneros y genios del electro-pop y me gusta que sean un grupo que siempre va a la vanguardia. Echenle un ojo a lo que hacen como productores y se van a llevar varias sorpresas

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

I don't have anything additional to add about the Pet Shop Boys.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

A time capsule of 80s synth sounds

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

I enjoyed this. Very 80s but in a good way.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Favorite song: Rent

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

A eso suenan los 80s. No cabe duda que están junto con Madonna, New Order o Soft Cell como sonido característico de lo que era dance pop y synth pop. A lo fresco y alegre de la música agregan también un cantar monótono, sin inflexiones, casi vacío que suena... plástico; perfecto para la representación de un disco que habla de yuppies desengañados que viven sin importarles nada y buscando solo su beneficio. Pop que refleja los 80s pero que tiene letras con algo que decir. En realidad no le doy más calificación por dos cosas; una es que el disco musicalmente aunque bueno tuvo varias canciones que sentí demasiado similares (mismas cuerdas en el fondo, mismos efectos, mismos ritmos) y dos, que de manera personal no es el tipo de música que me llama a escuchar una y otra vez. Buen disco.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

I’m hovering between a three and a four here, but I remember really liking this new wave sounds, especially songs like shopping

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Unique sound... reminds me a little of Cake on some songs

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

There are definitely songs I can vibe with on this album, but overall it’s very ok. Also, for being the Pet Shop Boy, there were more female vocal parts than I expected. Favorite Track(s): “One More Chance” and “It’s A Sin”

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Love a good Pet Shop Boys single. This album is very enjoyable, although the tracks really run together. PSB are better 1 or 2 songs at a time, and not all in a row like this.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

Psb es electro pop y talento, pero esa presentación no es la buena

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Interesting listen

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Classic 80s music. Not bad. 6/10.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

fun album. Some of the songs are pretty cheesy. I imagine that is partly due to the synth-heavy production. Some aged really well, some not so much. "it couldn't happen here" does not hold up at all.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Actually good songs and production 👌🏽

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

All I really want is a montage of me trying on different outfits with all my best friends shaking their heads while "Shopping" blares in the background! I have been diving into New Order ever since we listened to that Joy Division album, and I must say that brand of 80s new wave type stuff is much more interesting, but Pet Shop Boys is way more fun! I really enjoyed the catchiness of these tracks and the fact that they had something to say as well. I don't mind pop if there's substance. It did get way overly 80s for me though with some of those big bright synths and splashy drums, so I for sure tuned out at some of those 80s cheese moments. Not enough bangers on here to cut through the filler.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

It's a Sin is the obvious standout - some other decent ones but a bit thin for me.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Better than expected, but not as good as Please

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

I liked the 80s vibes. "It's A Sin" is a real standout track but I liked a few of the other tracks too. 7/10

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

6.25

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Decent 80's Synth Pop

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Catchy! I do not know much Pet Shop Boys but I can get down with most of what they're doing here. Fun synth lines, dance beats, and lyrics make for a fun album, and I can't hate that. Unfortunately, some of the sampling here sucks and takes away from the overall product. Otherwise solid stuff.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

Pet Shop Men.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Solid!

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

I ‘actually’ enjoyed this, the lyrics are a bit odd at times but I like their sound.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

One excellent song (Rent) surrounded by a couple of good songs and much fluff. PSB's compilation album is the better choice.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

A hilarious start to the album with the bongo sounds to kick it off. What Have I Done To Deserve This is a fantastic pop tune, I liked hearing Dusty pop in with backing vocals and her own sections are great too. It's A Sin is my favourite off of the album and the driving backbeat is infectious. I'd like to comment more but I'm a bit behind. Enjoyed this generally, especially the singles. Solid 3/5.

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