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  • Audio Cassette (22 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EFGH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 28 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I consider this to be the second-best album by the Pet Shop Boys (the best, in my opinion, being Actually for being more quintessentially Pet-Shop-Boy-ish). However, were I rank Actually as 100, this would be a 98 or 99.
One of the things that Behaviour has that is lacking in the previous work of the Pet Shop Boys (and in much of the pop music of the 1980s generally) is maturity. The Pet Shop Boys show in this album that they can go beyond gimmickry, beyond simple tunes and witty lyrics, to have music and lyrics of real poetic merit (okay, so we're not talking Tennyson here, but quite a cut above the usual popular wordsmithing). Perhaps this is why the album didn't fare as well financially as its predecessor.
This album marked the beginning of the decline of the Pet Shop Boys on the American scene. Only one song really made much of a dent, So Hard, and this was perhaps their last real American hit. Other songs from the album that were released as singles, and every single released since, has failed to make progress of any significance in the charts. Beyond the shores of America, the Pet Shop Boys are still fairly popular, and this album was a financial as well as artistic success.
It is unfortunate, because many of the songs on this album are truly beautiful. Being Boring is my favourite song, the first track on the album, as it recounts a tale of life, with interjections from the Parisian set (read, Gertrude Stein and company) comparing it to circles today, remembering lost friends ('some are here and some are missing in the 1990s'), all done to the backdrop of an electronic-yet-symphonic quality musical setting.
All the music and lyrics fall together so well in this album, the Pet Shop Boys can be seen to have come of age. A pity that it was, by that point by and large, an age that had passed already.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GP on 3 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is truly a breathtaking work. At the time, it didn't sell as well as their 80's output, but in retrospect this is the finest work of the PSB's career.
Lyrically, Neil Tennant hit his peak on Behaviour. Also, the arrangements have not been matched since.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 30 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Who cares how well this sold; it remains a sublime collection of melodic yet intelligent pop songs from this shores' finest musical duo. The mix of poignancy and verve is a career high for Neil and Chris, and if anything the album just gets better as the years pass.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Charles J. Wincote on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
One of the Pet Shop Boys best albums - probably their second best behind Discography.

The best songs on the album are October Symphony (can't stop playing it) and Nervously.

Buy it now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite Pet Shop Boys cd. It's is incredibly moving both lyrically and musically. A pop/synth masterpiece. The emotional mood on this cd is what draws the listener in to want to hear more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By j on 27 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I will admit that not every song on this album is the PSBs at there best but the songs which are good are really, REALLY good therefore make up for the less satisfactory ones:
Being Boring - this song is luringly beautiful with lyrics that give you goosebumps
This must be the place i waited years to leave - The first PSB song i ever heard at the age of 8 years old watching the vhs of there Performance concert, in my oppinion one of there best songs ever (best song on album)
Jealousy - An epic finish to the album again with unbelievable lyrics, and a piano part i so wish I could play
those are the best tracks but aside from those, so hard and how can you expect to be taken seriously are also excellent
If you like this album and Introspective id reccomend you to purchase PSBs Perfomance dvd aswell, enjoy!
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By Markpro on 25 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I bought Behaviour on release in 1990 and after the fantastic Introspective 2 years earlier i was really looking forward to this but it sort of let me feeling a bit "Meh!"...but make no mistake this is a classic groundbreaking album.
Track 1- Being Boring is the perfect pop song, it is truly wonderful and how it never got to number 1 is beyond me especially as the PSB were in their "Imperial Phase" at the time.
Track 2- This Must Be The Place I Waited years To Leave follows it perfectly (If you get the chance check out the 9+ minute version)It sounds fantastic even today nearly 25 years on.
Track 3- To face The Truth- A nice little intake of breathe is needed after those first two tracks and this provides it, a lovely little summer song.
Track 4-How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously -Typical PSB, musically this hasn't aged very well but great lyrics make up for that.
Track 5- Only The Wind - Another track in the same vein as track 3, nice little chill out track.
Track 6- My October Symphony - If the stories are to be believed this is the track Axel Rose fell in love with before he wrote November Rain, not sure if that's true but there is a lot going on in this track, great lyrics, fantastic musically and it all moves so smoothly.
Track 7- So Hard - So very Pet Shop Boys, great choice for a single, could have easily have been on Very and the extended version is brilliant too.
Track 8 - Great Lyrics but a bit weak musically, nice little track and a beautiful love song.
Track 9 - Fantastic pop song and should have been a single, fabulous catchy chorus.
Track 10 - Another fantastic single and one of the first songs the boys ever wrote together (also a wonderful video)
5 stars says i love it....and i really do, even after all these years.
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