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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.

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  • Audio Cassette (30 Aug 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000053O1H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr Nostalgia on 24 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
Every time I listen to this fantastic album it makes me yearn for those hot summer days, sitting outside drinking chilled Chardonnay and watching the world go by. This is simply the coolest record I have and puts me in such a positive mood every time I hear it. If only they'd played this during the warm summer evenings of my younger years. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Sinclair on 22 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
I got this album around this time last year on amazon, and I have really enjoyed going back to listen to it. I've noticed this isn't exactly every fans favourite PSB album, but it might be mine, or maybe my 2nd favourite.

This album was after their huge success of Very, so there was probably a lot expected of them. There is a sort of latin feel to this album, and I like it. I'm not entirely sure what latin is but I'm guessing it's in the first two tracks discoteca and single, they have loud snare drum rolls to them. That continues on the se vida e track, which is a song I have always loved from them for 12 years now, when I was 7 I loved the song but never knew the name of the artist or track.

It varies a little through the album, after the first two songs comes metamorphisis, a song which connected with me instantly. It's fantastic a great house music feel to it, the chord changes and brass improvisation. What's also great is that Neil tries rapping on the song, which I think really works, a song where he reveals his sexuality, hence the title metamorphisis. His rapping continues through the catchy rap style beats of electricity, quite a catchy small chorus to it 'its the greatest show with the best effects since disco tex and the sexelettes'.

The latin feel definitley comes back on the album when you hear it always comes as a suprise, a beautiful slow love song which moved me right away, Neil in great voice, and a hypnotic tune to it. Possibly their best song in my opinion, or perhaps the next track A red letter day, absolutely brilliant. It has a choir of voices singing the tune, and then it breaks into their trademark disco sound, a lovely chorus, it should've been no. 1 when it was released as a single.
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Format: Audio CD
Why are PSBs widely thought not to have made a decent album between "Actually" and "Fundamental"? The previous review describes this album in great detail, and I agree with much of it, so I won't dwell on every track of the main album. "Bilingual" certainly didn't set the pulse racing when it came out and releasing "Before" as the lead single can't have helped: Tennant's weak vocal line must have had friends of PSB fans crowing "told you so - he can't sing". It's not got the hiNRG camp of "Very" (I remember that album getting glowing reviews in the NME and the dailies - history seems to recall differently),and it's not "Nightlife" either (an album Time Out felt showed the PSBs never sounding more contemporary, but which sold poorly nonetheless). But returning to "Bilingual" after a long absence reavels several gems. Serious clubbers, the PSBs were ahead of the curve when it came to anticipating the latin groove genre by several years and overall it has a fine summery feel that weathers well. Neil Tennant now recalls its genesis as a reaction against BritPop: well, at the time BritPop was a hard one to beat, what with the Oasis-Blur verbal (and chart) wars and Pulp finally and deservedly getting their 15 minutes of fame: there were a whole new lot of social commentators in town. Tennants wry observations and their most overt gay songs so far didn't really get noticed. The first five tracks (with the exception of the amusing but rather unfinished-sounding low-tech rap "Electricity") are stompers, driven by latin rhythms and featuring female drumming troupe SheBoom on "Discoteca" and "Single". There are two gorgeous songs in particular - "To step aside" - probably familiar to many from the "Somewhere" Savoy residency video - and my favourite here, "It always comes as a surprise".Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
The new release of "Bilingual" is an absolute must have because of the inclusion of a second disc of B sides and remixes. Some of PSB's greatest songs are found here, and if you've not heard "Delusions of grandeur" or "The view from your balcony" you haven't heard the best PSB have to offer. "Bilingual" is also a vastly underrated album that sounds better now than it did on first release; I hope the same thing will be said for their more recent "Nightlife", but "Bilingual" now sounds as creatively vibrant as "Nightlife" sounds exhausted.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Augustus Caesar, Ph.D. on 26 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an album that people either love or hate; I fall into the former category. I think Neil and Chris did their most consistent, accomplished songwriting here (better than the great "Behavior" and certainly the overrated "Very") but, because of the Latin flavor, the album was misunderstood and ignored by many fans. Don't make the same mistake. Wit, melody, humor, references to Beckett and Pinter, all set to relentless dance beats. What more could you want?
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In the XIXth century, Spain (or more accurately the conception that the world had of Spain at the time) became a source of inspiration for many composers: Carmen (by Bizet), the Capriccio Espagnol (by Rimski-Korsakov), Alborada del Gracioso (by Ravel) are but a few examples of the importance of "Latinita" for these European composers.
To be fair, this interest in Latin music has continued over the decades - and, in light of the triumph of their Discovery tour in Latin America in 1994, it shouldn't come as a suprise that "latinita" would form the core of a Pet Shop Boy album sooner or later. Their only experience with such music was limited to the excellent single "Domino Dancing" in 1988 and there was every reason to believe that the Boys would succeed in mixing their pop/dance music with this particular culture.

And let's face it: I think that "Bilingual" is not far from being a triumph. It sounds like a postcard from this glorious 1994 tour (in particular the magical Rio de Janeiro concert, reviewed here - Pet Shop Boys: Discovery - Live in Rio [VHS]) and it sounds sunny, cool, and almost improvised at times. But let's not be lured by the obvious here: the Boys have the gift to make you believe that tracks are much simpler than they are in reality.
The production here is as sophisticated that on "Very" but clearly less noisy, more delicate and more relaxed. The best example of this is the beautiful "It always comes as a surprise" with its delicate guitars, drums and saxophone solos.

But what makes this album priceless is the fact that Pet Shop Boys remain...Pet Shop Boys.
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