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Behaviour

Pet Shop Boys

1990

Behaviour

Album Summary

Behaviour (released as Behavior in the United States) is the fourth studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 22 October 1990 by Parlophone. A Japanese special edition included a bonus mini CD, exclusive artwork and printed lyrics in a white velvet-like box.

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Rating

3.05

Votes

4798

Genres

  • Pop
  • Electronica
  • New Wave
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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Looking beyond the obvious, inherent kitchyness of the album, there are some aspects of it I find intriguing. For one, the chord progressions and melodies stick out to me. Also, the songs are very danceable. They function as anthems to an 80's (early 90's) night out. I think that the album accomplishes what it might've been intended to do fairly well. One thing I'm missing is repetition in the lyrics and hooks. The vocals seem to be stories that work in a linear fashion, never looking back at what's been before. Since the songs function as anthems, I find this contrast to be disrupting. The ending of Jealousy also feels like ELO on ecstacy, which might've been impressive in the 80's/90's, but now seem quite comical, laughable. It's not an album that has aged very well, but nevertheless serves as an anti-cool, danceable album full of anthems for a fun night out

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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

One of the worst albums I've heard in my life.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
1

This album is a good reminder that those crappy demo buttons on cheap Casio keyboards used to play something that sounded like popular music. Unfortunately for Pet Shop Boys, this album has aged exactly as well as those awful Casio demo tracks. Which is to say not at all. "Behaviour" is an absolute trash album that only serves as a monument to how truly terrible music was in the late 80s and early 90s.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

A surprisingly mellow album. I remember the Pet Shop Boys of my youth being a lot more “disco” so this was a terrific album just to chill and listen to. I love the structure of the songs and the accompanying lyrics. Would like to make the time to revisit this in the near future.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Pet Shop Boys have weirdly popped up quite a bit for me this week, having just finished watching ‘It’s a Sin’ (which I thought was great) and choosing to put on some of their stuff as a result. I don’t think I’d ever actually listened to an album of theirs in full before but they’re one of those bands who I feel like I just absorbed by osmosis throughout my childhood. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. There’s something quite Bowie-esque about it in places and although I could see that Neil Tennants nasal tones might not be everyone’s cup of tea I really like his voice. Apparently Jonny Marr plays on a couple of the tracks too.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Peak PSB. Begins with ‘Being Boring’, finishes with ‘jealousy’. Wonderful

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Easy five. Possibly my favourite album so far. For some reason I was expecting hardcore gangster rap but what I got instead was way better. Biiig late MGMT vibes (almost questionably similar to Little Dark Age in places) and can hear where Client Liaison get some of their styles from too. This is a great album. No real highlights because there isn't a bad track on it but October Symphony was a stand out

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

A friend introduced me to the Pet Shop Boys in college, and they have been one of my favorites ever since. I'm not sure I've ever listened to this whole album by itself, but Being Boring, So Hard and Jealousy are great tracks, so I'm sure the rest will be good too.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Shockingly good. Had no idea PSB sounded like this at any point. Seems prescient of "chillwave" in many respects. Reminds me of later era Radio Dept. and Kaputt by Destroyer.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

One of the small blessings of lockdown is that it's randomly made me learn more about the Pet Shop Boys, and boy am I glad for it.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Introspective and melancholy, but musically and melodically beautiful, lyrically deeper and less bombastic than the PSB's first three albums.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Catchy and engaging synth.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

This is not an album I expected to like as much as I did. "Actually" is the only other album I've heard from PSB, and this is a definite stand-out against it. The lyrics are very introspective and...vulnerable? Neil Tennant sounds like he is professing everything he says in this album, which adds to the cathartics tied with the beautiful music. Synth-pop can come off as slow, sad or boring to most ears, but they construct it with other instrumentation that makes the sound grandiose. And on top of all of it, you get beats that are danceable and fun but layered with melodic-ballad tones. It just further pushes the complexity of this album, and I really enjoy the diversity it brings in sound. Favorite Song: My October Symphony Honorable Mention: There's a badass remix/mash-up of Where The Streets Have No Name by U2 and Can't Take My Eyes Off of You by Franki Valli in the Further Listening Edition. Least Favorite: Only The Wind

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Really started appreciating this during "To Face the Truth." There's an earnest cheesiness to this that is appealing to me.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

A really nice, more mature outing by the Pet Shop Boys. I think the Pet Shop Boys were always among the best of their genre, with smarter lyrics and better arrangements than a lot of their peers. But this is some next level Pet Shop Boys. Some really rich, elegant arrangements. Love the presence of Johnny Marr on guitar, which adds a nice additional texture you don't always get in electronic music. It teeters on the line of being a little overly torchy, but thank goodness for that. Otherwise it would be another drab synth album of the period. It feels a touch dated musically at times, but overall a really strong collection of songs. Fave Songs: Jealousy, The End of the World, To Face the Truth, This Must Be the Place I've Waited to Leave, Nervously, Being Boring, My October Symphony

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

I apologize for anyone whose first exposure to Pet Shop Boys this is. It's an outlier. Compared to their dance crazy hits before and after, this is a mature, melancholic entry best met with a glass of brandy in the study. Some may accuse it for being pretentious, with its openly cryptic album cover and title, and the overtly serious content matter, which is a criticism not a member of my entertainment factors. The direct, confrontational lyrics paint the narrator as a man of action, a vivid storyteller, full of dreams and regrets, ideas of change and resolve. Combined with its unique subject matter and clear, soothing vocals, it makes for one of the more engaging listens out there. Synths are top of the notch... this is Pet Shop Boys we're talking about. No one has a more refined sound in the genre besides maybe Depeche Mode. It's also PSB's most consistent effort. There's a range of synth sounds here, but yet the mood remains the same. The most discoesque song is probably "My October Symphony," yet even then I'm not sure I'd dance to - especially with that classical symphony sound - just groove out to. Maybe "So Hard" is a better candidate with that laser solo. No song feels out of place, and there are some pretty sweet transitions.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

It was such a disappointment when it was released what is now regarded as best Pet Shop Boys album ever... it was received with kind of disgust from band's fans of the first era like myself. We had enjoyed uplifting hits like 'It's a Sin', 'Domino Dancing', 'Suburbia', 'Rent' or 'West End Girls' and did not embrace their new mature direction. 'My October Symphony'? Come on. 'Only the Wind'? Bleh. 'Jealousy'? Booring. 'To Face the Truth'? Give me a break! Even the singles. 'Being Boring' and 'So Hard' were good, but far too serious compared with previous radio hits. Luckily, time has been on its side and we can see now how well they showed a new face, which was going to be developed in the years to come and eventually made of PSB a long-term entity in the History of pop

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

I feel like I could have gotten into some of the instrumentals here, but the vocals just did not do it for me at all.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

wow that was meh as fuck.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
2

Seriously, if this album came out this year, it would be considered as a joke. The best example of synth-pop that didn't age well (and I'm a big fan of synth-pop)

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Fri Jul 23 2021
1

Crap

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Fri May 14 2021
5

I love me some new wave/synth-pop. A great album and I need to remember to listen to more Pet Shop Boyz

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

New wave at its best

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: being boring, how can you expect to be taken seriously, my October symphony, the end of the world

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

This one sounded really cool. I liked the synth sound a lot.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Me gustó de principio a fin y pues nunca había escuchado un disco completo de los Pet Shop Boys. 9/10

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

I came across a cache of old photos And invitations to teenage parties "Dress in white" one said, with quotations From someone's wife, a famous writer In the nineteen-twenties

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Solid pop album with really catchy melodies and lyrics. Probably pretty influential in the electro music scene.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

ok this is cool... something I'd never actually listen to without being shown, but wow. I only remember their cover of go west as a kid, and west end girls. But this is super cruisy, tasteful etc etc. can't say I'd call it dance music, but more something to chuck on in the background while you come down haha. But it's really nice. A total 4/5.

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Tue Oct 13 2020
4

9/10. had a low functioning day yesterday so im off schedule again. joy. was not lookign forward to this one since i listened to the first pet shop boys album a whiiile ago and was excruciatingly lukewarm towards it but this is great. mayb ive just grown to love that 80s sound more but i think this might just be better? shrug. mostly rly consistent, lots of cool sounds, being boring and to face the truth are probly gonna be lying-in-bed staples. the datedness is lovely and its all very pretty

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

1990: Being Boring, So Hard

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Nice album

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Mon Oct 19 2020
4

Pretty damned good

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Tue Jan 12 2021
4

Verrassend awesome eigenlijk. Heel leuke popmuziek met toch beetje gravitas.

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Thu Nov 12 2020
4

Not bad :)

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

A bit of a bizarre album, but enjoyed it a good bit.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

vnice!

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

It's too bad I thought I didn't like them in the 80s. And this album actually came out in 1990!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

GEILE BEATS ____ GEILE STIMME ___ TEXTE STARK ___ BISSCHEN VIEL EFFEKTE GEDÖNS ABER OKE __ WÜRDE ES IN EINER BAR GERNE MAL IM HINTERGRUND HÖREN __ JAWOLLL ALDER

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Tres bon album new age. Surprenant je m’attendais a rien vraiment car je ne connaissais pa. 4.5

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Very enjoyable album from start to finish, lush sounds, great beats.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

No soy de techno pero la verdad es que me ha gustado

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Sat May 01 2021
4

I'm not surprised if I'm the only one from our group, but I actually really enjoy the Pet Shop Boys and have listened to their Best Of quite a few times. I'm not really sure why they picked this album, my couple favorite Pet Shop Boys songs aren't on it. A slight shame, but I still enjoyed it.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Album has slow and relaxed tracks with a calm man's vocal and the same music.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

very chill, probably would listen to it completely if the time was right.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Not my favorite PSB work, but still good. The opening track rules.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Very, very british. Solid, upbeat. Not huge on the vocalist personally but the beats are good.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

i like some songs of theirs, lets see if this list picked the album with the hits or some random one. well i dont know any songs from the tracklist. okay it started i could be into this. im a liar i actually do know this first song lol they play it on the radio at work sometimes. so, im done and i quite liked it. its good. no surprise im into this i do love pop and synths and whatever else is in this. i feel pleased and satisfied, finally something truly enjoyable after all the boring rock variants ive been getting xd

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Tue May 11 2021
4

really good 9/10

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Thu May 13 2021
4

I wouldn’t say I’m a pet shop boys fan but I liked the album I thought the songs were good and I enjoyed it 4/5

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Boring - reminds me of Air's tone but with an 80's backdrop. Loving the album. Definitely will want to go back.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Really enjoyed this laidback electronic sound and Tennant’s vocals.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Wow, another album that I had not listened to previously that I really like. Classic new wave sound. Favorite songs: Being Boring, This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave, How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously, So Hard. Solid 4 on this one.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

Looking forward to this one. Know some PSB hits but never explored them. After listen: Not exaclty what I was expecting but very danceable and good energy. Lacked some “catchy ness”

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

Einfach zu einfach sie als Pop Duo abzutun; viel zu viel an Texten, die einen näheren Blick erfordern, sehnsüchtelnde Riffs, wie ich sie mal wieder in Destroyer wiederfinde, eine nicht einzig von Tennant‘s Gesang getragene Grundmelancholie. Dazu Dance/House Elemente, die mir oft so plakativ vordergründig erschienen, aber nun eher wie das Lametta den Eingang zum trist-normalen Pet Shop zieren. Normalität ist es aber, was genau durch diese Einzelheiten überkommen werden soll. Ich mag es, ob vor, während oder nach „schöner Einnahme“? Let’s try…“My October Symphony“ kommt schon einmal im richtigen Monat. Herzenswarme 3.7

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Enjoyable :)

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

A bit different to the usual PSB, and an intriguing album.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Pretty nice tunes. Not the biggest fan of his voice, but the music slaps!

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

I wasn’t prepared for how much I would love this!

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Good music, chill vibes

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Daft Punk i gamle dager. Sanger med mer sang, og gammel tekno, men allikevel kult nok

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

I had heard of the Pet Shop Boys, but wasn’t familiar with their music. I loved this. I loved the vocals, but I especially loved the music and the use of the synth (is that a thing? A synth? If not, don’t @ me). Kind of like a more lounge UB40 vibe without being cringe 😬 I really dug this. Being Boring could literally be my theme song (except I am literally boring lol). Great album!

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Another pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed this one. I had always heard the name Pet Shop Boys, but never knew what kind of music they played. I guess I'm a fan now!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Onpas hyvä. Ihanaa myöhäisillan melankoliapoppia. Ehkä pari biisiä turhan imeliä, mutta pääosin nautin tyylistä ja soundeista. Being Boring on kyl mielettömän kova, olin joskus kuullut ja onneksi löytyi taas. PSB:n isot hitit ei oo ollut suurimpia suosikkeja niin tää oli kiva yllätys. Alkoi kaduttaa, että kävelin aikoinaan Flowssa kylmästi ohi.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Tää on must PSB:n paras levykokonaisuus. Siinä missä aikasemmilla levyil on megahittejä (its a sin, domino dancing jne), tää keskittyy jotenkin ehkä aikuisempaan ja vakavampaan ilmaisuun. Miten sitä vielä kuvailis, ehkä tää on vähemmän överi. Tykkään kovasti. Ihan siitä 3 ja 4 tähtee välistä. Menköön tällä kertaa neljän puolelle koska koko bändi on hienoo poppii, jolla on iso kulttuurillinen merkitys. 4/5

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Banger... inget är lika bra som första sången dock.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Synth dance with a certain atmospheric sensibility. I does make me wish the orchestral stab preset was never invented

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Sylt med smör på bröd fr 🥖 🧈

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Shit slaps

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

like a more moody bowie

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

I thought it was beautiful.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Neat 90s electronica.

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Great

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Wed May 18 2022
4

This album contains two of my favourite Pet Shop Boys singles, 'So Hard' and 'Being Boring', so it seems a good place to start for a deeper dive into their discography. Pleasingly, the rest of the album lives up to the standard of those singles and continues the wistful and introspective themes. Chock full of glorious melodies, sad lyrics and catchy hooks, this is total Bill-bait. Two thirds of the tracks on the album could have been a singles, with only a small dip in quality in the middle third of the record. The album mixes of 'Being Boring' and 'Jealousy' are also superior to the single edits and add to the overall feel of the piece. Looking forward to the other two PSB albums on the list. Rating: 4.5/5 Playlist track: So Hard Date listened: 17/05/22

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Thu May 26 2022
4

You know...it's not my favorite album on this list, but I get the appeal. The aggressively 90s synth is delightful and I really thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't say I'd re-listen to every single track, but the majority were enjoyable. I can't complain about this one, it was genuinely fun. Fave track: This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave. Has a wonderful driving-down-the-road sound to it.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Pet Shop Boys are very much in my musical wheelhouse so I was excited about this album. I’m not sure what it is about PSB, though, because they just don’t do it for me. I listened to a mix of their stuff recently and just didn’t connect with it, much like this album. I feel like they take themselves too seriously or something. I did really like the song “To Face the Truth.” I listened to this a second time and liked it a little more, but was still overall left feeling “meh.”

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

I've listened to Pet Shop Boys previously, and I can tell by this point they have mastered their signature Synthpop sound. I might have to come back to this to see if I think more highly of it due to how many quality dance bops it has. Favorites: "Being Boring", "To Face the Truth", "So Hard"

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Dark and ominous.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

The video for being boring is very erotic! The song is also good. The album overall is a bit uneven. Some very catchy tunes, but some are less "danceable."

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Bellos los sintetizadores, bellas las letras. El synthpop de ahorita tiene mucho que agradecerle a Pet Shop Boys.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Honestly too new for my tastebuds didnt hate just not sure i have heard enough of it😅

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Enjoyed

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Sympas mais parfois ça manque un peu de peps. 3,5/5

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

This was an awesome album. REALLY unexpected. The 2nd song was so fucking good I was legit shocked. I was really just lost in this album and soaked it in. So hard is a fantastic song. Jealousy is a great closer to this record. This would probably get a 5 on the relisten. Awesome! 8/10

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Surprisingly enjoyable

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Dang Bri'ish people adding u's to words

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Pretty enjoyable, mostly chill vibes

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Thu Oct 15 2020
3

fun and cool synth pop wasn't crazy about it but i might listen again

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Sun Nov 08 2020
3

It was ok. Not really into that music but definitely could write some.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

'So Hard' was a stand-out for me - really catchy through the verses and chorus while also injecting these abrupt tonal shifts that work surprisingly well. Other than that, these songs blurred together for the most part. There was a light catchy-ness to most of them, so it was a pleasant album to listen to, but isn't one I would listen to again.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

It was ok.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

I'm surprised to see this on the list. There's nothing wrong wih it, but it isn't what I would consider a significant album. I wonder if I'll come across their superior earlier stuff later on this journey. It's an okay album, not great, not horrible, and honestly it's nice to see them on the list.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Tätä levyä vaivaa vähän sama kuin muitakin Pet Shop Boysin levyjä - Hitit (Being boring, So hard) ovat lähes klassikkomatskua mutta suurin osa biiseistä on aika keskinkertaisia. Ihan mielellään tätä kuuteli vaikkei levy mikään täyskymppi kokonaisuutena ollutkaan. Aiemmin vieraista biiseistä The End of the World nousi muiden yläpuolelle.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

I know this list is UK-centric but honestly: picking 1001 "essential" albums from 5-6 decades of pop, soul, hip-hop, and jazz, does NOT need 3 Pet Shop Boys albums. I do not get the hype.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

It was ok

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

It's good. But it's average Pet Shop Boys. It doesn't shine.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Not my style

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

The most I've ever liked the Pet Shop Boys, truthfully.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

nice to see a not-super-huge-hit record from them on here.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Early 90's synth pop with repetitive beats and some funky influences. Pretty catchy.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

it was decent but i wasn't really in the mood for it

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Ideal für den nächsten ayahuasca-Trip. Habe die Welt gefühlt. Healing, but not satisfying.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Fun futuristic synth pop.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Always dig the uniqueness.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Quite relaxing really, funky, some of the lyrics are quite nice, but the singing is a bit to monotone for me

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Fri May 14 2021
3

The Boys sound sooo soft and smooth on this album, this is perfect music for shopping at a luxury department store as you sashay through the aisles, if that's your thing. There's nothing offensive on this album, but nothing inspiring either.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

ok bo! buenos temas...

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Fri May 14 2021
3

I don't really know Pet Shop Boys well. I recall a hit or two (West End Girl and that WIlly Nelson song) that were fun but not so much to make me seek out other music by them. I kinda like what they did on this album. A lot of synth pop now sounds dated but this is listenable. By mid album, I found the songs were starting to wear me out. I initially speculated that this was due to the singer always sounding the same but on reflection, any singer's voice will sound the same throughout an album. Think of the David Byrne or David Bowie albums we had recently. Their voices sound the same in each song which makes sense; they only have one voice. I then thought it must be that he sings at the same pitch. But after replaying some snippets, this is also not the  case. His voice has good range and he displays that. What I did find is that the album starts with an onslaught of songs played in Minor keys. While there are many exceptions, Minor keys are historically used to make songs sound sad and major keys used to make songs sound happy. (eg, Happy Birthday is written in a Major key - F Major I think -  although the best versions are when each person sings in a different key!)  Of the first 6 songs on this album, only To Face the Truth is in a Major key but it still sounds sad. This may be why it  wore on me by mid point of the album. The album ends with songs in the major key with  So Hard, Nervously . . . . Did anyone else find So Hard  a pleasant change? The album ends with Jealousy. This is definitely not a happy song lyrically,  but is played in a Major key so it sounds happy. The Smiths were masters  at writing manically depressed lyrics but pairing those lyrics with music in Major keys so the songs sounded happy.  I probably would not have put this much thought into this album were it not for having  time on my hands due to the COVID lockdown. I really don't like Pet Shop Boys  that much. 

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

Few good songs, much fluff

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

Entretenido

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Frocheyenne

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Most of these tracks are too long for my taste. Songs are mostly enjoyable, just last too long.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Nello stesso anno è uscito “Violator”.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Pretty cool synth-pop beats. Enjoyable

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Just not really my thing. Did enjoy some tracks

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

So 63 albums in, this is now the third Pet Shop Boys album I've had. Seems high. Especially when you consider I haven't had any Bowie or Beatles albums yet. Look, I love a ton of Pet Shop Boys songs. There have probably been five or six songs from the albums I've listened to that I consider classics. But none of the albums stand out at that in a way that would elevate them to a 4 or 5 ratings. I certainly haven't disliked any of the albums enough to suggest they shouldn't be on this list. So maybe three Pet Shop Boys albums are fine on the list. My favorite of the three albums would have to be "Actually" if only for the two absolute bangers that appear on it (It's A Sin and What Have I Done To Deserve This). Behaviour is my least favorite among the three. This is the last I'll see of the Pet Shop Boys on this list, as apparently the algorithm determined I needed all of them served to me early on in this process. I can't help but take that personally. But I did finally get to hear the Pet Shop Boys amazing cover of the great Village People song "Go West", so at least I have that going for me.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

It was serviceable. Just not for me.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

Vibes

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Electro-pop con clase. Nunca les había prestado atención y no están mal. No llega al nivel de Depeche Mode pero es de escucha agradable

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

80s synth pop to the max. Instrumentally it's ok but I can never get into 80s synth-pop vocal deliveries.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

PSB being PSB. Can't argue too much with it, their sound is timeless.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

3.5/5 i'll have to relisten, it has potential

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Eh, it's a perfectly pleasant background listen, I guess. It's too laid back to be energising, but not quite laid back enough to be chill. Fave track - "Being Boring", but they're all much of a muchness...

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Pretty good stuff. Reminds me of tears for fears or something. 0RS

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Sat Oct 09 2021
3

Bueno, pero nada espectacular

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Mon Oct 11 2021
3

6,5/10 Legal

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

En los 80 escuche bastante de los Pet Shop Boys pero nada de este disco.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Tyyppien soundi on jotenkin mieltä rauhoittava. Ei tosin silti mikään tajuntaan iskevä teos ja ennestään tutu biisit on toisilla levyillä. 2,5*

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Chill BG music, def 80s sound seeping into the 90s decade. 3.5

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Sat Nov 06 2021
3

The 4th Pet Shop Boys album. I thought that this one would be more interesting. But only 3 stars of 5. Interesting facts about this one is that they used analog synthesizers instead of digital. Tennant stated the album was inspired by fellow synth-pop group Depeche Mode's album Violator released that same year.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

// Favs: Being Boring Score: Decent to Strong 3

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Average. I liked a few songs but not all.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

Mah...

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

This album is so unabashedly 80s/90s fusion. Holy synth bass, Batman. Pet Shop Boys walked so others could run. Not my cup of tea but a lot of the songs have fire sample potential.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Sad boy late 80s early 90s music. Lead singer has one of the more unique voices. Also the electro effects in this album just make me smile, stereotype era

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Not a bad album - easy to listen to. Very 80s sound still. 6/10.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Synth pop was probably dying at this point. This album, "Behaviour", released a year before Nirvana stormed the scene, sounds like a final groove, a last dance. The overall atmosphere seems melancholic and vulnerable. I guess switching to analog synths contributed to it. I don't mind the British accent, but the vocals are irritating most of the time. It doesn't go well with the synth tunes. It's not really bad, but it surely didn't age well. While the synth lines and the melodies are catchy sometimes, the songs just pass by without leaving anything remarkable. This is far from a must listen.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Liked this more than I expected to. 2.5/5

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Never listened to a whole PSBs album before. Enjoyed the first half more than the second. I'm pretty sure that Being Boring is a New Order song in disguise. Altogether the album is a bit of a downer. Also, I know they like retro synths, but stop it with the Orchestra Hit, it doesn't improve any song.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

First time with anything other than “West End Girls.” Good stuff.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Meh, This is a low-3 for me. I am okay with the beats / layering / vibe here, but not a fan of the singer. Tempted to give a 2 here, but a little more impressive there's only 2 people here doing this.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Niet echt mijn ding. Wel aangename achtergrondmuziek

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

Smooth

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Like their upbeat stuff more. Not really a fan of the synth-pop ballads on here.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Big improvement on Actually

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Sound very muchof its era, but nevertheless still stands up well.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

first listen very 80s, kinda sleepy

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

standard synth pop

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

They seem to have settled in a mid-tempo groove at this point. Not as exciting as Actually.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Where as "Actually" sounded very advanced and ahead of it's time, "Behavior" sounds a bit dated. I blame the late 80s/early 90s style of production I despise. I like the lyrical messages and choices on this record, just not the fake keyboard orchestra stabs. Favorite tracks: "Being Boring", "This Must Be the Place I Waited to Leave"

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

I thought this one was nice. The sprinkling of guitar was a pleasant surprise. The production was also great here. Ultimately though I didn’t find the album massively interesting. Again this is an album that could maybe do with being about 10-15 minutes shorter. Overall I think this is another 2.5 stars.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

Highlights: This Must be the Place I've Waited Years to Leave, Only the Wind, Nervously. - I didn't vibe with this album. It's good, well made, and with a few songs I enjoyed, but I just couldn't connect with it the way I wanted to.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Prefs: Being Boring, This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave, The End of the World, Jealousy Moins pref: Only the Wind.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Sophisticated pop. The occasional talking vocals really show the contrasts when Tennant sings. I always really liked Jealousy and some of the others are also polished pop with good hooks. Not as catchy as Actually, but more sophisticated.

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Sun May 01 2022
3

Pretty nice to listen to with some catchy hooks, fun grooves, and enough instrumental variation to keep things interesting (the orchestra at the end of Jealousy sounds amazing!)

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Wed May 04 2022
3

Pop electrónico. Me ha aburrido un tanto. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

I've always felt that the Pet Shop Boys would benefit a little bit from being less serious, but their undoubted ear for memorable pop is on full display here. The problem is that the whole album feels too long and self indulgent.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

This was extremely pretty and I enjoyed listening to it at the time, but now it's over I cannot remember a single note.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Tecno pop

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

The background synth sounds and guitars are much cooler than the lead vocals and forward sounds.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Interesting music. Scratches an itch in my brain.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Kind of boring. It's pretty emotionless, with weird and kind of boring techno beats. I guess it's not bad though.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Если вам 30, вы напились и хотите погрустить ночью - этот альбом отличное решение. В противном случае тупо уныло и скучно.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

The album contains nice moments, but it is very long-winded for an album with barely no mood variations. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either. Glad to know better this group that I only knew by name.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Some nice songs, some boring ones. Johnny Marr and Badalamenti are on this?

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Still not as good as very 3

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

sonido agradable, suena curiosamente a una mezcla de los 80s y 90s, tiene sentido al ser de 1990, justo en medio de ambas épocas. no soy fan profundamente pero no me disgustó nada. en una palabra: gustoso

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

I could get into it. Listened to their first album after this and thought that was much better.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

A few good songs on here. I liked Being Borning, How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously? So Hard and To Face the Truth. 3.5/5

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Pretty mellow synth pop. Didn't love it and didn't hate it. Nice but didn't leave much of an impression.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

2 good songs The end of the world How can you expect to be taken seriously

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Favourite track(s): Being Boring; How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously It seems kind of emblematic that I only knew a few songs by the Pet Shop Boys before listening to the album - and I really liked them a lot. However, I did never listen to much else made by the band. This album seems to show why. The sound is pleasent but the tracks are all quite similar. Expect for my favourites, they do not stay in the ear. The lyrics do not make up for that. While I absolutely like the vocals, this seems like an album of tracks which did not make it onto a better record.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

3.5 - There's a Broadway-like attention to lyrics that communicate broadly relatable messages. "The End of the World" reminds us that "there are other fish in the sea." "Being Boring" laments the loss of innocence and the wonder of youth. As always Neil Tennant is an effective vocalist. I also like the way they incorporate so many different synth sounds. But as I'm listening I'm reminded of MIDI files I used to download off of AOL in 1992 that tried to knock of huge dance hits like "Enjoy the Silence."

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

No logro tomar en serio a Pet Shop Boys. La voz nasal y los sintetizadores tan electrónicos no dejan de sonarme a que el inicio de esto fue un chiste local que se volvió algo en serio. El disco, como los otros suyos que hemos oído, me pasa sin pena ni gloria. No me molesta escucharlos, pero no lo pondría voluntariamente y me cuesta trabajo encontrar algo rescatable. Le doy 2.5 estrellas que sube a 3 solo por cuates.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Like every other PSB album I’ve listened to, I found it pretty enjoyable. It overstays its welcome, and the first few tracks are by far the strongest.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Identifying Pet Shop Boys

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Pretty good

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

The Boys take a trip into ambient space, breaking apart proto-house to build a quieter album. It doesn't quite work for me, though the highs are very affecting and there's something for everyone here. My wife heard Toto in the opening track, I caught something like video game music: Hits and misses. Still like the band, had a good time.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

Äntligen lite elektroniskt. Tyvärr är det ju inte Depeche Mode.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

The Pet Shop Boys dive into New-Wave Electronica and Synth Pop on this album that is very much a product of its time. If you are looking for an example of British Radio Electronica of the Late 80s / Early 90s then look no further than Behaviour. The most lacking part of the album is that is lacking any major single or lasting ear worm.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Enjoyable - sensitive, sometimes melancholy, has that sort of early housey synthy beat that proliferated gay clubs in the 80s and 90s. Still, somewhat relieved it's over.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

misses the spice from the more electronic hits and misses the feel of a good song with content.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
2

Meandering late 80s filler (I know, it was released in 1990!). Didn't do anything for me. Some of the synth sounds reminded me too much of the film Biggles Adventures in Time.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Ain't for me

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

90s synth pop. Yuck

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

It was a slow synth ballad album. Not my style

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Lacks the punch of some classic pet shop boys. Very melodic and mellow synth with restrained vicals

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Songs all too similar

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Sounds like so much elevator music to me.

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Sat May 15 2021
2

Not too shabby, quite listenable.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

'Being Boring' hält was er verspicht. Es ist ein langweiliger 80ies track der zu spät dran ist. 'Only the Wind' bedient sich geschickt des Antwort-Einloggen-Tons von "Wer wird Millionär?". Ned blöd, aber auch nicht wirklich gut. 'So Hard' lässt mich anfangs das spüren, was der Track propagiert, lässt dann aber leider ähnlich einer Viagra im micro-dosing, stark nach und entäscht alle Teilnehmer. 80ies vibe izz aber da. Alles in allem würde ich wohl nicht jeden Song skippen, wenn er liefe, allerdings auch nie aktiv einen anhören.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Meh...

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Fri May 14 2021
2

I didn't mind a couple of the more uptempo tunes but otherwise, this is very very ballad-driven synth pop, not my cup of tea, which is too bad because I think the song-writing is okay and I like Neil Tennant's voice. After this, I went back to listen to "Let's Make Lots of Money".

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Sun May 09 2021
2

Thought I'd like this better but every song sounds so basic. I'd go1.5, 1 felt harsh

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

No está mal pero me cuesta coger les el pinto

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Sun Mar 21 2021
2

Vaikka levy on niukasti ysärin puolella, niin meikäläiselle tämä kuulosti aika vahvasti kasarimusalle. Levyn avausbiisi oli ihan okei, mutta sitten vauhti hyytyi ja loppulevy sitä samaa mollia. Ei jatkoon.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Not for me

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Sun Mar 21 2021
2

Levyn avausbiisi Being Boring olikin lupaus loppulevystä. Mielenkiinnolla odotin, mitä Pet Shop Boysilla oli megahittien lisäksi tarjottavaa. Tarjottava olikin se illan viimeinen väljähtänyt tuoppi, mikä vastoin kaikkea järkeä pitää silti huitaista alas, vaikka ei tarjoa mitään nautintoa. Ehkä jollain toisella levyllä olisi sitten happy hour meininkejä.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

I don't get it. They are boring, they do songs about being boring. Always sound the same.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

Alright, listenable, but just really not my bag. Slow and dreary but not in a way I could appreciate. Not one song stood out. Lyrics seemed quite niche/specific anecdotes about the singers life. 2 /5

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