Philosophical debates aside, this is an absolutely essential collection for anyone who enjoys the Pet Shop Boys' unique mix of bittersweet poignancy, archness and occasional high camp--or indeed for any discerning pop (or art) fan. Encompassing almost all their single releases (only "Was It Worth It?" and "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?" are missing), this is a glorious retrospective of one of Britain's finest pop institutions. Let's hope there are another 35 singles half this good for a quadruple box set in another 18 years' time. --Rikki Price
There are no fillers here. Every song is a top twenty hit. Every song has received considerable airplay and is instantly recognisable to anyone who has listened to the radio over the last twenty years.
The monster hits from the 1980s and 1990s, West End Girls, It's A Sin, What Have I Done To Deserve This, Heart, Always On My Mind and Go West rub shoulders with recent hits Miracles and the wonderful Flamboyant. Other highlights are their masterwork Being Boring, the very funny Yesterday When I Was Mad, I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing and So Hard as well as the beautiful Rent and Liberation. I could go on, but I'd just end up listing every track.
Pop Art is a must-buy for anyone who likes pop music. It will make you want to dance, it will make you laugh and some of it could even make you cry.
This double-cd feature, contains 33 songs that did reach UK Top 20 plus two new songs, one of which is the new single Miracles, released in early november, that most likely will be their 34th hit. The songs are not presented in chronological order, but divided into Pop and Art. The difference is not obvious.
With Pet Shop Boys’ back-catalouge, how can you go wrong? You can’t of course. This is easily the best Greatest Hits compilation released in a very long time. Buy it for your self, and give everyone you know a copy for Christmas.
CD2, art, is the flipside; the beautiful melancholy that only the Pet Shop Boys can pull off in the dance areana. 'Jealousy' (the first song they ever wrote), 'Rent' and the tumultuous 'Somewhere', of which Mark Radcliffe once said, 'it's got everything and two kitchen sinks'.
There you have it: the definitive PSB collection, and you can even chose the CD that best matches your mood. How can you fail?
The monster hits - West End Girls, It's A Sin, Always On My Mind et al - stand alongside the self-referential techno-pop of Yesterday When I Was Mad or the string tinged tragedy of I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Anymore as proof that sales do not equate with quality, especially in pop music - the most commercially driven of art forms.
The two new songs Miracles and Flamboyant show that Pet Shop Boys are as good as they ever were, it's just the pop landscape which has shifted.
One brilliant single may be considered fortunate.
Thirty odd looks like genius.
I was thinking about what to write for this review but I dont think I can find the words. Melodramatic? Perhaps, but since West End Girls, the PSB have produced music which in my opinion 'means something'. Excellent musical quality, superb lyrics...they are a league apart in terms of the 'electronic' style and Neil Tennant has one of the worlds most identifiable voices (along with Darren Hayes of Savage Garden)
This album is a tremendous tribute to the band and allows you to watch their development. There are of course the widely known tunes but then there are others that are equally enjoyable that will be new to many.
I cannot recommend this highly enough and I am sure that it will create new fans aplenty.
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