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Pet Shop Boys (Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) are the most successful duo in UK music history. Since signing to Parlophone Records in1985, they have had 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK, including four number ones.

In 2000 they were presented with the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, whilst at the 2009 BRIT Awards they were presented with the ... Read more in Amazon's Pet Shop Boys Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002UWL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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EMI 794310 FC; EMI ITALIANA - Italia;

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16 of 16 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, I know everyone says this is their best album, but it is. They wouldn't like me for saying it but it's more rock than disco. Only two of the tracks attempt to raise the bpm to dance levels; amazing when you consider the climate into which it was released and the enthusiasm they have shown ever since for having everything remixed by next week's DJ. Being Boring is beautiful and heartbreaking for those of us who lived it but although now all PSB fans say it's their favourite it struggled to make the top 20 at the time. In This Must Be The Place Tennant is dreaming about being back at school and having to go through the horror of it all again. Haunting, if you, like me, regularly dream that you are about to sit your 'A' levels without having read the books, again. The subject matter is hardly your usual pop album: To Face The Truth and Jealousy are about someone lying at home in bed coming to terms with the fact that their partner is out shagging someone else, Only The Wind and The End of the World are about a fight between two lovers, My October Symphony concerns the problems faced by Russian composers as a result of the political turmoil of the twentieth century and the hilarious So Hard deals with unfaithful partners who secretly smoke. Oh, and Nervously is probably their first openly gay lovesong. If you don't own a copy of this, you don't like pop music.
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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 Chris Sams on 12 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I really like Behaviour, infact I'd go as far as to say it was my favourite album from their back catologue.

The music is generally laid back with less of the pounding beats and "Pop" sounds that you may have come to expect especially compared to Please and Actually but it has more of an easy going softer sound which is very mellow.

Fair enough only "So Hard" jumps out as a track to remember with its foot tapping beat but i think the more overlooked songs like "Being Boring" "October symphony" and "Its only the wind" are just as worthy of a mention even if they are chilled out.

If you are a fan of the more dance-ier and Pop tracks the Petshopboys have produced then this is probably not the album for you but if you are a fan of their music, Neil Tennant's voice and fancy a mellow hour then this is a must buy.
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