Pet Shop Boys, Introspective (1988)
Probably the biggest love affair I’m having now with a band from the past is Pet Shop Boys. Always liked them. A big band – with huge singles – when I was a kid. And the first two albums were packed with highlights and I had a copy of the greatest hits CD through all my student-flatting-daze, sure. But only now I’m really getting through the albums, including some of the later ones. Yeah, the odd one in the 00s would turn up to review and was usually good, if not great. But it’s only been just recently that I’ve marvelled at the sheer sophistication of this work – how it’s an impeccable body of work in fact. And this album is now probably my favourite Pet Shop Boys record. Or certainly up there. Top 3 for sure. But it’s worth it perhaps for Domino Dancing album. And actually I wasn’t ever that into the cover of Always On My Mind on the greatest hits album but the version here, of Always On My Mind / In My House is sublime; just fits in/with the context of the album I guess. I love the trick here of having what is ultimately the reverse: The long songs as album tracks, the cut-down versions as singles. So often it would the extended take saved for the single release and a shortened cut on the record. Anway, it’s perfect pop music. And I’m newly obsessed. Glad to have this record in the collection now – an album I knew already but had never previously owned.
Sample Track: Left To My Own Devices
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