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Not very much
on 3 May 2006
I'm writing a review of this album because I'm so tired of reading that this is the greatest PSB album, or that 'Fundamental is their best work since Very' etc. Very is my least favourite PSB album, and I was disappointed with it from the first time I heard it. They seemed to be on such a fantastic progression at the time, from Please to Actually to Behaviour, then DJ Culture, each time their work becoming more sophisticated, intellectual, personal and musically complex. Then suddenly came Very. It's all major chords, camp disco, predictable tunes and lacking the lyrical depth of much of their other work. I also think it has quite a plasticky techno sound that becomes irritating as the record goes on, and I actually find it quite hard to listen to in one sitting. The only songs I really like are Liberation, Dreaming of the Queen, Go West, and Can you Forgive Her? ..and possibly Young Offender (excepting the dubious lyrics). I was much more impressed with Bilingual, which constantly seems to be referred to as their low point, though it's more artistically cohesive and interesting. I thought Nightlife was even better, and I'm even a fan of the dreaded Release especially if you include the accompanying B-sides and Disco3 which together make for a great period in PSB's career.
What's interesting to me is that PSB's fan base is obviously completely split. Some think Behaviour is their greatest work, others hate it. Some people only want them to repeat their first two albums all over again. Then there's the Very group. I suppose this reflects the fact that despite their distinctive sound, PSB have several styles, from cool dance music, to camp disco, to classic pop; and even accoustic music now. The whole adds up to much more than the sum of its parts, which is why they are such a brilliant group.