Pet Shop Boys, Please (1986)
I’ve been on a big Pet Shop Boys kick of late – I’ve liked them since I first heard them, which was back when this album was released. Though I’ve never owned a copy of this until just recently. I’ve had most of the other albums and a couple of hits compilations, and I really – mostly – just love the material from the first three albums (with a few selected highlights following and maybe some gold in them there hills that I’ll re-discover) but for some weird reason I’ve never got to owning this. The two songs that forever blow me away on here are West End Girls and Suburbia, and though different from one another they are both immaculately conceived, clever, sharp, wistful, sophisticated pop music that appears to never really age in spit of being released in the middle of the main period of pop music that seems to, for the most part, have instantly dated. Not the great songs here, nor the other great songs – an embarrassment of riches – from across their nearly 40-year career. There’s something in waiting five years to make a debut album too; I’m sure that served them so well. Great group. The very best of their work is some of my favourite pop music ever.
Sample Track: Love Comes Quickly
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