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Pet Shop Boys

1993

Very

Album Summary

Very is the fifth studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 27 September 1993 by Parlophone, nearly three years after the duo's previous studio album, Behaviour, and following the compilation album Discography: The Complete Singles Collection. Very exhibits one of many turning points the Pet Shop Boys would make to their music, shifting from the subdued electronic pop of Behaviour to richly instrumented dance arrangements. The content and lyrics led to Very being called their "coming-out" album, since it was during this time that Neil Tennant had publicly discussed his long-rumoured homosexuality.

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Rating

2.94

Votes

4690

Genres

  • Pop
  • New Wave
  • Electronica
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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

I can't think of a better album if you want to dance and cry at the same time. Recommended season: Spring

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

It was a good thing when the Pet Shop Boys left their imperial phase and were free to experiment with pop. This album takes the techno trends of the early 90s and mixes it up with songs that tell very queer stories. At the time, I remember how the Boys' cover of "Go West" had given it a melancholic twist in the era of HIV - but with modern antivirals, the song now grabs back a bit of the original joyousness. "Can You Forgive" her is an almighty dramatic pop track and a stonking opener.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Oh this is so awesome. Very special. Wii Music. Just listened to "It's A Sin" and "Always On My Mind" for the first time a week ago or something. This is really nice. For some reason the chords just all speak to me. Guess I'm gay now. I love the vibe, my new guilty pleasure. One and One Make 5

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Thu Apr 22 2021
1

No idea why anyone would listen to one of these guys albums never mind two

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Thu May 27 2021
5

This is guilty pleasure music but I simply don't care. Queer 80s-90s dance bops with a nostalgic, wistful sadness... love it.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

This was my first listen to this album. The music was fine, but I don't see myself listening to it again, a firm 3 for me. I don't see myself listening to any of the individual tracks again either. "Go West" is the only track on this album that I remember hearing before, but it was hard to miss if you were around in he early 90s.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

“Very” by Pet Shop Boys (1993) Never heard this album or this group. Commercial disco synth-pop. And I mean VERY commercial. What is entertaining about this album is the modestly creative tapestry of synthetic sounds, recorded over mechanically steady rhythms. I found myself ignoring the inelegant drum and bass lines, eager to hear what’s innovative in the melody, ‘orchestration’, and lyrics. I was generally disappointed. Eventually every musical aspect of the sound fell into the background, so that nothing at all stood in the foreground. The compositions are generally repetitive. The third track, “Liberation” seems to be the most ‘produced’ cut on the album, but the orchestral backing is uninspired. The lyrics sometimes try to be profound but the silliness of the sound gets in the way. For example, “Dreaming of the Queen”, a reflection on the plausibility imagined despondency of Princess Diana, could have been quite moving had it been arranged with acoustic guitar with backing vocals and strings, but instead we get canned pop. Diet pop at that. There is one track worth a serious listen. “The Theatre” is a song I actually backed up and played several times with volume turned up. You see, a ‘theatre’ is where fictional second-tier realities are played off one another. And we get to decide which of those realities we will choose to elevate to the top tier. This song compels the listener to do exactly that. It’s in the class of the disco elements in Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2”. Yes, it’s that good. Anne Dudley’s orchestration is excellent—reminiscent of Hans Zimmer (although I would have boosted the trombones and timpani in the mix). Internal chord and key transitions closely track the development of the lyrics. The first chord of the chorus gave me goosebumps. Then a sob. Then flat out weeping. It shows they have the ability. This song made me stop and consider the obvious, but also whether “Phantom of the Opera” is art. It also made me reassess my admiration of the haut bourgeois (and wannabe) patrons of, say, Luciano Pavarotti. But come on, Pet Shop Boys, I can’t imagine actually dancing to this song. How would I feel as I left the discotheque? (That’s the point, dude.) I had to listen to it several more times. Then I bought the track on iTunes. But overall, “Very” is very—mediocre. On this album, The Bee Gees take Yes out to dinner and a movie, and agree never to date again. 2/5

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

I am so excited to see this album come up. It has been such a big part of my life. I loved it from the moment I handled that awesome CD case. Lost on me at the time was the backstory… that it followed the downbeat album BEHAVIOR released at the height of the AIDS pandemic. Its release also closely coincided with Neil Tennant’s coming out. All the more special now to know that now. I had no idea then. I love this album through and through… every song. Picking a favorite is very challenging and is highly subject to change. I started listing the best songs but that is basically was copying the track listing for me. So… How about the relentless “Can You Forgive Her?”… the cinematic swells in “Dreaming of the Queen”… the exuberant cover of “Go West”… the dramatic shimmering “The Theatre”… the melancholic “To Speak Is A Sin”… the abandon of “I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing”…? Every song on VERY has had a place for me since its release. I love this album from beginning to end. The Pet Shop Boys create incredible electronic dance music with melancholy just below the surface and melancholic music that dances just below the surface… and VERY has some of the best examples of this. An absolutely fabulous album!

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

when multiple albums of an artist are on this list, we truly get a chance to hear the artist's musical progression. i previously listened to and adored their earlier album actually, and i was subsequently nervous that i wouldn't enjoy very on the same level. well, i shouldn't have been concerned! i absolutely love their music, end of sentence. the pet shop boys' usual synth pop sound is present here, but they've expanded. there's a techno-like sound on "a different point of view"--there's even a smidge of a smooth jazz in "to speak is a sin". and multiple songs here keep them on the disco train. this album is a great balance of pet shop boys staying synth but exploring other genres. i get some of the same vibes from actually, but very is able to stand on its own and be appreciated for itself. they've kept their heart on this album, too. the hidden track "postscript" is so tender despite its length. a good way to describe pet shop boys, i think, is beautifully melancholy. "dreaming of the queen" and "the theatre" follow that description. somehow, psb manage to use synth and disco to make music with such feeling. i definitely want to mention neil tennant's sexuality. i have always admired pet shop boys' gender neutral love songs; most artists just do not go that route. i believe it allows any gender, any sexuality to enjoy any song. i do think tennant's sexuality encourages him and chris lowe to write their songs in such a way. but really, only a queer person could write "liberation": "take my hand/don't think of obligations/now, right now/your love is liberation."

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Really digging the vibes on this album. Romantic and a bit cheesy but relatable and catchy af. Lots of great synth work.

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Only listened to a few songs. Not very inspiring but good background sound.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

While I can listen to a few songs I don't usually enjoy synth-pop. This album was too repetitive and electronic for my taste but probably someone who likes the genre might enjoy it. At least the voice is chill enough.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

I sure hope that the PSB's previous four albums appear on this list because they are all superior than this one. My favourite was their debut, Please which spawned 4 killer singles, including the iconic West End Girls. Wiki tells me that this album was their first album to go to No. 1 on the UK charts, so I guess that's telling. I really didn’t enjoy this "new" commercial sound that they adopted for this album. Not a single banger on the entire album.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
1

Entirely forgettable, and best forgotten.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
1

No like

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

Excellent wogging album!

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Just listened to another Pet Shop Boys album from this list yesterday. The same holds true: I like the Pet Shop Boys a lot, but I'm not sure why this album was chosen specifically since it doesn't contain my favorite songs by them (top two: It's A Sin and Heart). But compared to the other album which was a 4 for me, this one seems to have a bolder, fuller sound. I enjoyed listening to it a lot and if there happens to be a third Pet Shop Boys album on this list, I surely won't mind.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Pop perfection

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

very cool album, mostly due to cutting edge for its time production.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

I wasn’t a big enough fan of Pet Shop Boys to invest time or money in an album way back when. I now know that I really missed out. This is a great album. So bright sounding and 90’s dance-y. It was a blast to listen to today!!! Also, I love the orange cover!

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing Ask me when I’ll say it started when I met you

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Was very excited to buy this when it came out - did not disappoint, ribbed plastic box, secret bonus track and all! Still sounds fabulous today, all killer no filler. Great to hear it again

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

It's the perfect PSB album. Where the with and the music match up - if I Wouldn't Normally Do This Lind of Thing isn't the perfect evocation of that giddy feeling at the start of a relationship then love is a myth and we should all give up. Go West is iconic. It's all ace

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

This is one of the better recent ones

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Did I love this? Or am I just so used to listening to stuff I don't care for that anything I actually like, I feel very enthusiastic about? Either way, this was a fun listen. I've been ambivalent towards the Pet Shop Boys in the past but I dig them doing 90s pop. If anyone reading this likes this album and wants to hear something similar, this reminded me a lot of Sparks' album Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins. Go for the deluxe 3hr edition as it has all the best songs within the bonus tracks section.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

I know that this isn't anything special for a lot of people, but I loved this. I've heard a few Pet Shop Boys songs before and I really like those, so I was excited for this album. Rightly so, apparently, because I'm giving this album a high rating. It may be generic or cheesy to some, but it's very up my alley. I'm not gonna act like it's anything more than what it is. Still, it's getting a 5. I like his voice; it's kind of soft. It can be a little whiny at points, but I don't really mind that here. It's pretty hard to pick favourite songs, but I believe my favourite songs are Liberation, Can You Forgive Her?, and Young Offender.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Yep. Enjoyed this one a lot, too. There's a specific kind of '80s pop I am into.

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Thu Nov 19 2020
4

Só conhecia uma música ou outra do Pet Shop Boys, ouvir um álbum inteiro foi uma ótima experiência, e concretizar como uma ótima banda pra mim.

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Thu Nov 19 2020
4

Discão. Pra mim "Go West" deles é melhor que a original.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

It’s the PSB!!

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Some fun tunes in this album. Never heard of these guys before but enjoyed the retro feel

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Not bad!

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

Can You Forgive Her?" Released: 31 May 1993 "Go West" Released: 6 September 1993 "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" Released: 29 November 1993 "Liberation" Released: 4 April 1994 "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" Released: 29 August 1994

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Solid pop exceptionalism

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Liked all the songs, and it was just varied enough to keep my attention. Much better songwriting than The Human League. Good stuff!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Emotivos. Grandes canciones. Seguramente su mejor disco.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Pretty good dance album. It has slow chill tracks and quick drive songs. The track «Go West» the best.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

В своё время натыкался в рамках классического A-One на клипчанский Go West, фронтмен своим немного манерным поведением и вокалом спровоцировал ассоциации с ЛГБТ, посему немного оттолкнул. Но клипак в душу запал, так что годами опосля уже гуглил, не приснилась ли мне эта дичь. Трек то неплох. И альбом неплох. Снова, как и в случае с It’s a Sin потребовалось привыкание некоторое, но как снова въехал - прокачался. Треки крепкие, разве что Dreaming Of The Queen и Young Offender скучными показались. Но и того, ради чего в ближайшем будущем специально возвращаться захочется, вроде особо нет. Вроде бы даже на It’s a Sin с этим лучше было. Вот вроде бы могу поныть, что в рамках 1001 мне ничего не заходит, чтоб прям хорошечно, а средняя оценка у меня ведь 3,5 превышает. Ну да похуй, ещё завезут мадон на единицы. А Very - хороший альбом.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

ну как сказать. пока что худший их альбом из того, что слышал. сам по себе неплохой, но ни хитовости и экспериментов Actually, ни душевности и продуманности Behavior не завезли. Go West мне вообще не сильно когда-то нравилась как песня (хотя хитовый потенциал сложно отрицать все-таки). все остальное - довольно середняковые ПШБ песни, особо для себя выделил только открывашку и Theater. но напряжения тоже не вызывает, лёгкий, немного бодрящий альбомчик с наивной лиричкой (рифма you-true уже подзаебала, постоянно в их творчестве встречается). имеет право быть, где-то 7/10

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Lush, disco relaxation music

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Not really catchy 3.5/5 Last song is catchy

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

deze was leuk, zo wat vanalles.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

I loved the upbeat quality, smooth vocals, decent lyrics, and all-around good balance. Wish there were more individual standout songs though

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

some very catchy synth pop

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Can you forgive her, Go west

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Who wants to be in my band Tamagotchi Store Girls? Anybody? Anyone? I’m either square, in a weird mood, or both because I really quite liked this. My wife walked in and said one of the songs sounds like the melody of a Eurythmics tune. Surprised she pulled that out of thin air, but she was right. There’s probably a lot of familiar melodies on this record, but I like the dude’s voice and here we are.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

On par with behavior

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Good

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Although vocally, they never stray far, the melodies and lyrics are great. They're music has aged well, and their brand new 2021 album of new music in their usual style shows that.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

I kind of like the beats a lot actually; not really paying too much attention to the lyrics specifically.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Really solid and consistent from start to finish

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

This was a very enjoyable listen. The disco beat and interesting lyrics provided a great soundtrack to my cold, wet, gloomy walk today. Top-notch exuberance!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

That feeling you get when it's the first appearance of one of your all time favorite bands...but your fifth favorite album. I bought this CD with its weird orange case in 1993 and vividly remember wondering why it continued spinning in my crappy portable (but not movable-during-play) CD player after "Go West" ended. I don't remember how long it took me to discover the "hidden" track, but who didn't love the novelty at the time of hearing Chris Lowe singing? However, it quickly got to be an annoyance when I got to the point of having a CD shuffler, and later when I chose not to rip my favorite song from the album for my iPod, because of its ball and chain of 2 minutes of silence. (A ball and chain that still exists on the digital platform.) Perhaps because this album was lower on my list, I spent some time today rediscovering it and reconnecting to some favorite songs. The two songs that I did rip for my new iPod nano circa 2005 were "Can You Forgive Her?" and "A Different Point of View." Today I would keep the former, and swap the latter for "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing." I always liked "Dreaming of the Queen," but especially because of the way Neil Tennant sings "For I was in the nyude/ The old Queen disapproved." That one gets added too. Also maybe because it's already enough of a museum piece to be the plot of the upcoming season of "The Crown." "Go West," with its backing chorus, elevating the sound of the disco original to a majestic anthem, continues to be the one song that I love well above the rest. In any case, I really enjoyed my time with the Pet Shop Boys today. This is a good, solid album, but the connection wasn't as strong as with some of their others.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Нормальный поп, не дать не взять.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Nice

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Passionate yet austere. Fantastically arranged and while it can sometimes fall into the same-iness factor that edm/electronica is prone too, each track has a firm separate identity.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Ahhh. Like a warm bath.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Lot of Casio keyboard sounds but honestly I had fun with this album. 7/10

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Really enjoyed this dance pop adventure 4/5

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Enjoyed the album, interesting electronica, chill vibes

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

I don't give Pet Shop Boys the credit they deserve. I think "West End Girls" just made me immediately disqualify them as something I'd like. The front four were good but it was "Dreaming of the Queen" that really pulled me in. "To Speak Is a Sin" was also a great track. "Go West" is a fun song to listen to waiting for the bonus track was not as fun. I'm surprised at how highly I am rating this album based on my preconceptions, but that really is the beauty of listening to all of these albums.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Agradable. No es mi favorito, pero le doy un 4 por Go West. Estos chicos se lo merecen.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

4.5……always enjoyed their music

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

1st June 2022 Listened on the way in and out of the office. Did a bit of cleaning and moving things into the front room then watched stranger things. Camp and bouncy, popping drums and lounging synths. Great fun.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Ein af uppáhalds PSB plötunum. Þeir eru bara sér deild út af fyrir sig.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

6/8/2022 - ALBUM #132 Today's Album: "Very" by Pet Shop Boys - This generator has been slowly introducing me to the world of new-wave and synth-pop with a records like that Brian Eno project or parts of that Cafe Bleu record, but this feels like a true introduction to what makes this genre so likeable and fun. I think if I am to comment on anything first, it would be the production. There way these powerful, yet ethereal synth chords pair with the super melodic bass, a quiet guitar playing these really funky lines, and a straightforward piano make these really amazing soundscapes for the auxiliary percussion and leading synths to just have fun over. There are also a lot of random synths throughout the mix that add to this really funky robotic feeling throughout the project. The vocal performance at first seemed like it worked well for the vibe of the project but I didn't see it as very impressive. However, once I looked up the members of the band and found out the lead singer is a guy, it became obvious how impressive the chops on this vocalist were. I think overall, though, it's the songwriting that really get me to love this album. Each song has this really tight structure to it and although it makes it sound very commercial at some points, I think it overall leads to very memorable songs. It helps that the choruses are EXTREMELY catchy and that the lyricism is very unique (holding up very well today in my opinion). Yes it's cheesy at moments; yes it's pretty overtly queer, but it stay's in this sweet spot of feeling relatable and doesn't take itself very seriously in the best way. I think there are good handful of tracks here that don't hold up as well as others in terms of the song writing overall, but I still enjoy what's going on throughout those tracks musically and sonically. The flow of the album is also really good, making it feel less like an album purely for radio and more like something they made intentionally. Overall, this is an album with a fantastic vibe overall and a ton of great songs, just with a few songs that bog things down a fair bit. Give this one a listen if you like ear candy and love a good synth sound. Highlights: Can You Forgive Her?, I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing, Liberation, A Different Point of View, Dreaming Of The Queen, The Theatre, To Speak Is a Sin, Go West Score: 7.5/10 Very fun synth-pop record

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

This is a good collection of dance/pop songs, but I much prefer the Pet Shop Boys' earlier albums. True: There are some heavy hitters like Can You Forgive Her, Liberation, I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing, and - of course - Go West. But some of the other songs dont't quite feel up to par here. Plus, the sound is heavily anchored in the early 90s. Still, a good effort, and probably the last album I would count as belonging to the classic PSB era. 4/5

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

A priori, no semblava que els '90 anessin a ser una bona década pels Pet Shop Boys. 'Behaviour', l'any 1990, semblava un comiat en ple estat de forma, més que una benvinguda a la nova década. El seu to nostàlgic i més pausat que els seus anteriors llargs no feia més que reforçar aquesta idea. Per això que 3 anys després sortissin amb 'Very', a l'alçada dels seus millors treballs, va sorprendre. 'Go West', el primer single i gran éxit a l'época, és el tema més anecdòtic. El material propi és excel.lent. Sempre el tindré vinculat a l'hivern de 1993, de tantes vegades que el vaig escoltar aquells mesos. Per això se'm fa fins i tot estrany posar-me'l a l'estiu. Estaven per venir més de deu anys de decadència artística per la banda, però amb 'Very' van tancar un quintet de discos amb nom propi a la història del pop

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

Fast paced synth pop and catchy songs, over 50 minutes the Pet Shop Boys never fail to entertain

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

The Pet Shop Boys really are very good - uplifting melodies, a lovely interplay between major and minor keys, Neil Tennant's ethereal voice. Good listen.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Can You Forgive Her still hits so hard

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Enjoyed

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Very nice production, consistently good throughout.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Best Song: The Theatre. Unexpectedly grandiose dance music. Worst Song: To Speak is a Sin. The song that plays as you realize your Tinder date was being unexpectedly literal when they said you were looking like a snack. Patrick Bateman's ringtone. Overall: Consuming, expansive, complex dance music that comes at you as a wall of sound with absolutely no soul. But hey, I mean there are times when I don't feel like having a soul. Whenever that happens, I'll listen to this album.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Early '90s dance. I wasn't expecting much even though I've enjoyed their hits, including Go West. There is something quite beguiling about Tennant's vocals that elevates the repetitive backing well above most examples of the genre. Dreaming of The Queen and Yesterday When I Was Mad provide a 1-2 punch, both lyrically and musically.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

This was weirdly like top 5 most excited I was to listen to going in. Lost a star off the bat for there being no west end girls. I’m rounding up from 3.5 to offset others

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

3.5 stars, definitely not in my top 3 Pet Shop Boys albums but I have a strange soft spot for them apparently

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Joyous. No other words.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

The sounds of gay panic

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

challenging pop music, very good.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

ziemlich solid overall

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Tue Oct 13 2020
3

Not strictly speaking my cup of tea but they are a musical institution and have stood the test of time.

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Thu Nov 19 2020
3

Bom album, com algumas músicas brochantes no refrão (não consigo entender refrões que abaixam o tom...), enfim, melhor da semana até agora.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

This album feels more like it was made in the mid 80s than the mid 90s. It becomes a little more modern as it develops, but the throbbing heart of this album seems stuck in the 1980s. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It's fun dance music. 3/5

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Not bad, a few classics (go West), but nothing that blew my mind, despite being very British

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Starts off alright. Songs are catchy enough but sound gets old quick. Last song is the best by far

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Such great sound

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Distinct memories of the nubbly orange CD sleeve in record shops. I can see the quality of this but once again not particularly my genre.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

bit annoying after a short while. decent easy listen

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Very. nice boys. Very. nice. 3.5

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Oscila entre o animado e o lento de forma muito estranha. "Sleep is a sin", faz sentido depois de ouvir o álbum.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

I’m being generous with this. I didn’t enjoy it. It aged like vinegar.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

More nostalgia! You are probably starting to be able to tell which kind of music my parents listened to. This album is great, although the pet shop boys voice always has started to grate on me after more than 4 songs in a row. This doesn't mean it isn't fantastic as an album though.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

i liked it

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Pleasant background listening - it didn't bug me from getting over-exposed to the Pet Shop Boys in the bad old days of reliance on broadcast media. Fave track - "Dreaming Of The Queen" had some truly WTF lyrics, heh

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Ok album.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Muy Pet Shop Boys.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

Upbeat Brit Pop

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Patrick Vieira's round head

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Nice music, but fails to soar. This is Pet Shop Boys past its prime.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Firstly I'd like to point out that the backbeat for a lot of this album is brilliant. Especially in 'The Theatre', it had my head bobbing throughout. I preferred the overall feel of the album to 'Actually'. I felt more than happy to listen to every single track and experience the album without wanting to skip. 'I Wouldn't Normally...' was a really enjoyable tune and can't wait to drive in my car to it. When the end finally arrived I was proud to salute my laptop screen until the appropriate moment. I'd love to give this one a listen back in the future.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Very easy listening. Quite enjoyed this album

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

A lot better than I had expected!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

pretty upbeat & very poppy but really good. would listen again, can see why they are so highly regarded.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

No bad

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Not my cup of tea, but not terrible

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Better than expected

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Tue May 18 2021
3

I can understand the significance of the album but it didn't do heals for me. A few cool sounds but as a whole not that interesting to me.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

dreaming of the queen gaf mij een angstgevoel en ik weet niet waarom Ik ga het nog wel eens luisteren maar heeft me niet van men sokken geblazen

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

3.2 wel oké, nothing special but not bad

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Tue May 18 2021
3

A fun dance pop album. Very early 90s, lots of synths and layers of sound. Would be shocked if 90s nights in gay bars around the world weren’t playing some tracks from this album.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

A different point of view is an absolute banger. Big fan of the pet shop boys overall but found this record a bit too samey. Very distinct vocals and synths that don’t vary too much throughout the record. A few great 90s floorfillers though.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

I'm always pretty middling with these guys. This didn't really change my mind. It's not bad, but it's not going to make me love the Pet Shop Boys either.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

very 80s

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Tue May 25 2021
3

It took this album to make me finally learn the Pet Shop Boys covered the Village People. I was familiar with all of the Pet Shop Boys '80's work, but this one somehow escaped me. I always liked their hits from the' 80's so I'm not surprised I enjoyed this. And to think I thought the Pet Shop Boys ended with the Me Decade...

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Requires some context to appreciate fully. Very 90s!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

nice pet shop boys vibe

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Mon May 31 2021
3

I like the PSB, but don't know any song but Go West...

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Not my cup of tea

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

A jewell of pop music. Curiously enough, my favorite ever PSB song is a B-side off this album: "Decadence". All in all and except for just a couple of tracks, this album has agedd pretty well. Impressive what they achieved before computer DAW's.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Yeas sir

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

It was okay. Prob wouldn’t listen to it again

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

I've always thought the Pet Shop Boys' singer sounded like a gentle and kindly old British muppet heavily processed with compression and reverb. The album? It's...well, it's not so bad, really - but overall is this really one of the so-called 1001 must-hear albums? I don't know enough about synth/dance music to fully appreciate why this might be revolutionary or impactful - it's a nice album. Yes, it's nice. In a pleasant dreamscape kind of way - it's light and airy and smooth. And that might cover the positives and negatives for me. Same keys and synthetic percussion sounds throughout, which makes it in a lot of ways run like a 53 minute song in multiple movements - no singular points are so recognizable or memorable as to have me humming them later. Still....I have listened to it twice today. I think in the end it really is background music for me - great to work to! I give way too many 3 star ratings but if the synth fits... 5/10 3 stars.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

the whole time it sounded like it would be in a dramatic part of a movie, it was good background music. nothing very memorable but it was interesting !

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Ihan vekkulia rallattelua. Harmillisesti saman bändin levyt perääkäisinä päivinä latisti vähän tunnelmaa. 2,5*

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

No está mal, o qué? No sí? Sí no? no? o qué?

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Go west is a banger. Not the biggest fan of super synthy pop but I can see the appeal.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Pleasant vocals, but I struggled to get through it due to getting bored to be honest.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Lovely piece of 90's Pop/Dance. Don't have it but can see why it is on this list. "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing" & "Go West" favourites here.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

This one wasn't for me. I can hear how this album is a HUGE influence on many of the artist I like, but the lead vocals don't do it for me. A quality album that deserves to be on the list, but one I probably won't revisit.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Decent pop album. Not really sure I’m mad keen on revisiting, but fun nonetheless!

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Mostly passed me by as a piece of work on original release. But has some great compositions therein. Some of the sounds have dated particularly on the uptempo pieces. But a good listen!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Not really my thing, but I didn't dislike it, either. Torn between rating it a 2 or a 3 but there are a lot of 2 star albums in my list that I would listen to this again over, so I'll bump it up to a 3.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

I think the best way you can describe this album is ‘guilty pleasure’ one of those people forget but love it as they listen to it. I think it’s a weird album musically, very good lyrically and was a change to some of the other music on the list.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Decent but never really hits the high of Can You Forgive Her?, which is unfortunate as it is the 1st song. There are better PSB albums out there

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

-"Yesterday When I Was Mad" has a cool, fast backbeat and the distorted vocals add some interest -Generally pleasant pop-like music

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Interesting I guess

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

A little boring in the back end, but this was some dated synth pop that had some strong moments for me.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

found it interesting. no songs i recognized but overall pretty catchy.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

6/10. It's like disco, if disco sucked. Still kinda fun, but not really my thing, and certainly not something I want to hear a whole album of.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

The 90s club beats make the Pet Shop Boys a bit more fun to listen to, but it’s still the pet shop boys. 5/10

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Pleasant

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

Pretty inoffensive dance pop. Singer has a real new wave voice, a bit whiny - wouldn't surprise me if they have new wave albums from 10 years earlier. Would've been a 4 because it was fun enough, but went too long. 3/5.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

I was pleasantly surprised by the first track. It's definitely more up-tempo than anything I can remember from the "Behaviour" LP. The lyrics are schmaltzy yet clever: Dreaming of the Queen is hilarious and epic at the same time. I like Tennant's voice, he's a great song-writer if you can get past the sugar-coating, and the production on more club-oriented tracks like Yesterday When I was Mad is adventurous. A definite improvement over the last offering.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

A few fun bops on it, better than the other pet shop boys album imo.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Doesn’t suck

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Quite…

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

I want to like this more than I do but meh.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

Coming at ya!! I know this is from the 90's but it's as 80's as anything I've ever heard. Too dramatic for me.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Pop electrónico. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

VERY average

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Wed May 11 2022
3

53 minutes and 19 seconds of doing that little head bob dance you can do to Pet Shop Boys

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Tue May 24 2022
3

This is the fifth album by the English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. This album shifted their music from subdued electronic pop to instrumented dance-pop tracks. Very performed better commercially than their previous album, and has some of the duo's best songs on it. The album charted high in the UK, but not as high in the US, because at the time grunge and punk rock music was dominating the US charts. I loved the music on this album, and I know I have heard a couple of these songs before. The album contains nostalgic synth-pop / techno music from the 90's, and I have to appreciate any predecessors to modern EDM music. I'll have to remember to listen to this album again sometime - it was that good.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Great songs, with lush, bubbly arrangements. Nice mix of the torchy and the danceable. Love that cover of "Go West." I always found the Pet Shop Boys' songwriting to be clever in a way a lot of their peers' work was not. On Very, there's more than a hint of emotional honesty as well, which I really like. Fave Songs: Can You Forgive Her?; Go West; I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing; Yesterday; When I Was Mad; The Theatre

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Apparently, the 1001 book's author was very into electronic (and related synth styles) music when he/they wrote the book. I'm reaching 1 year following 1 album per day and it's almost impossible to spend 1 month without some electronic album. Well, about this album itself, it's kind of amusing. It's hard for me to say that I liked it, but it's not annoying like some other electronic albums. I hope to learn more about this style and finally get what is all about and why so many electronic/synth albums like this one are important for music history.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Pet Shop Boys at their happiest and most energetic, a stark contrast to the melancholy slow nature of their prior Behaviour. These are club tracks one after the other, taking strong inspiration from the ongoing techno movements. The whole album is enjoyable, but the synths don't feel as innovative or interesting as their previous albums, maybe because of my limited listening to techno leads this to sound generic. The highlight to me is the vocals... it's probably a top fusion of 90s pop and techno, but I was hoping to be impressed. I'm also not a fan of the sharp transitions. Favorites: Can you forgive her?, I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing, Yesterday when I was mad, One and one make five, To speak is a sin

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

Wow what a surprise. Another mediocre new wave/synth pop album. This was exactly average just like all of these kinds of albums. I'm only about 350 albums into this list so I'm looking forward to rating another 300 of these.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

Standard, easy listening chewing gum pop from the consistent PSB.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

I know how famous and influential they are, but I can’t help but hear only basic dance music and pop from this album.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

This was like listening to a woke Sega master system. So much 8-bit, so much awareness. I felt it couldn't connect any more with the gay community and then Go West came on. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

I admire the PSB though I've never listened to an whole album. Went though a bit of a rollercoaster. The songs are so well crafted and produced yet by midway I felt a bit ambivalent....then i approached the end and I feel a bit hooked on the sheer joy/melancholy of it all. Bit torn.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Liked it more than I thought I would. Pleasant but not enough for the 4th star.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Pretty good!

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Interesante uso de sonidos y recursos digitales pero monótono, casi aburrido.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

not a barshop trio -5/5

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

One of the less entertaining albums by a solid band.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Much better than I thought as I was dreading it.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I’m not usually a fan but I enjoyed this album so 3*

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

bien pero es como que a veces fue buenardo y otras veces no me cerró. mi voto es secreto (7.5 / 10)

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

It's quite surprising which bands attract an almost militant following. You know, the fan who'll spend three hours barking in your ear about how their favourite band is better than sliced Jesus, with the monomania of a vegan describing abbatoir practices during Christmas dinner. One mate of mine regularly sent me links to B-sides of Europe throughout the late 2000s (yes, Final Countdown Europe). I've met Proclaimers fans who insist the Frankie Boyle lookalikes are as essential as the Clash or Lou Reed. Me, I have my obsession with the Happy Mondays, but that doesn't count because the Happy Mondays are genuinely one of the greatest bands of all. But the most widespread fanatics that take me by surprise are those of the Pet Shop Boys. Yes, there is the factor that the Pet Shop Boys have purposefully provided solace and joy to gay men with their music throughout their career, especially with regards to the AIDS crisis (the predominant gay elements of Very chime with the singer and lyricist Neil Tennant coming out publicly in 1994, which was hardly a paradigm-shifting revelation; Chris Lowe, the keyboardist, has never publicly discussed his sexuality, not that he has any obligation to). And apparently, the Pet Shop Boys are the most successful duo in UK music history (so says the 1999 Guinness Bok of Records, according to Wikipedia). But the fanboy acclaim that the Pet Shop Boys has always received has always slightly baffled me, and I have always known exactly why. The Pet Shop Boys are mannerist. Their art is the honing of an aesthetic that is divorced from the emotive and instead directed towards the knowing and disaffecting. More simply, their music is clever rather than moving. The only fault I find to their music is that it leaves my soul completely untouched. To me, the album Very demonstrates without flaw the coldness of the Pet Shop Boys. The music seems stuck in 1987, but seemingly by design; 1987 represents their "imperial phase", a term coined by Tennant to describe a band's critical and commerical peak. So we get lots of Hi-NRG bassless melodies in 1993, and the effect is reminiscent of a middle-aged uncle tagging along with you young kids as you head off to celebrate your A-levels. Yes, Uncle Neil, you had your glories during the industrial revolution, but now's the time for we slick hepcats. This aspect screams out during their ecstasy anthem I Wouldn't Normally do This Kind of Thing; the title tells you that they're generational tourists, but the Pet Shop Boys know that's the case. This is the alienating savviness of the Pet Shop Boys. I can understand, say, how cleverly they sing of the restraint of passion in To Speak is a Sin, but that cleverness dilutes any passion within the song to a rubbery acknowledgement, which you may say is the point, but I still feel little from it aside from friction. Expand that cleverness over an album, and my only sensation is lack of blood in my heart. Of course, the Pet Shop Boys are smart enough to explain every one of their artistic choices, and smart enough to counter every one of my criticisms about their intellectualizations. And I am smart enough to reply back cogently, and thus we are at the sticking point. As a result, Very gets 3 stars to end the stalemate. You might like it. I prefer Erasure.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Actually really nice to listen to

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

An apt title. If you know the PSB you know what you'll get and this album simply reinforces. Their expansive and sweeping soundscape is augmented with many more twiddly bits. It is strong fare but nothing really stands out. Still guaranteed to get you onto the dance floor.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

First time listening to a Pet Shop Boys album begining to end. Definitely enjoyable. Strong start, fell off a bit in the middle but certainly a good album.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

hmm. what to think about this... Not anything I would normally listen to. I actually liked some of this. The more dance forward songs were not enjoyed by me but the other songs were okay. happy and sad and energetic and lyrically meaningful. I think I liked To Speak Is a Sin the most. Or maybe Dreaming of the Queen.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

3/5. Many of the songs sound the same but they are all fairly enjoyable.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

I haven't heard anything else quite like this on the project thus far. Pet Shop Boys again straddle two worlds on this album -- 80s new wave and 90s synth-pop, and you can clearly hear the influences of both here. But on this album, now in 1993, the synth-pop sounds are heavier than ever. Honestly, this album felt like one big gay club anthem, and rightly so, as one of the members used this album as a coming out of sorts. In this regard, the album is full of fun bangers very fitting of the time and the purpose. I like this Pet Shop Boys album about the same as the other PSB album on this project, just for different reasons. These guys definitely have a history of straddling 80s and 90s throughout both of these albums, and that is fun to hear!

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Gøy men også litt slitsomt.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Ok

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Meh

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

hm

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Sound a lot like the Pet Shop Boys. Good - not great. Best song is Go West. 3/5

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Eh it is ok

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Howie Hamburger Dude : How about the future of rock 'n' roll, anyway? Huh? The future of rock 'n' roll? Chong : Yeah. Howie Hamburger Dude : Bruce Springsteen Chong : Yeah. Howie Hamburger Dude : Is fucking it all up. Chong : Yeah. Hey, can we have a check? Howie Hamburger Dude : Hey, hey, hey. Shh, shh, shh. Bruce Springsteen's fucking the whole thing up. Chong : Bruce Springsteen? Howie Hamburger Dude : New Wave. Chong : New Wave? Howie Hamburger Dude : New Wave! 3/5

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Even if it's not your normal thing, I think the PSB are one of those pop acts that you can't dislike

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Horns reach out and the darkness pulls you a little deeper into these songs, straightforward achievements for the Pet Shop Boys. The project feels slight at the beginning, but something is churning at the center. That doesn't make Very cohere into anything remarkable, but the album is a fine entry in a fine catalog. Very British, very gay, and what more could you ask for from the band?

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Mon Dec 05 2022
3

3.5 YouTube

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Everything I hate about 80s music

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

go west and can you forgive her are decent songs but the rest are just lesser variants of those. The album as a whole can be reduced to those 2 songs and it wouldnt hurt it

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Very samey

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Not my cup of tea, but produced well!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

This was a weird and very 90s album. Just kinda mixed all pop styles from then into one.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

nope

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Not for me

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Boring 90s Pet Shop Poo

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Nah.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

2/5

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

Well executed, but just not for me.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

Fun little songs, but they can get busy at times with synths on beats on synths on synths. Combine that with songwriting that's hit or miss, and you have an album that didn't impress me as much as Actually, the earlier Pet Shop Boys album. Still a few bangers here though, just not consistently impressive. Disappointed :(

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Only alright

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