7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2007
Cubism is the dvd that accompanies the Pet Shop Boys latest tour to promote the album "Fundamental". The album has been widely acclaimed as being a "return to form". The DVD is wonderfully entertaining. The quality is great, both sound and vision are stunning and Neil T. looks and sounds better than ever. It features a cross-section of their material, reaching from West End Girls to quite a few songs from the current release, Fundamental. Highpoints for me are "Minimal" merging into "Shopping", Numb, the tender, acoustic version of "Home and Dry" and my PSB favourite "Flamboyant". The two dancers are very entertaining, being both cool and funny and the additional singers (especially Sylvia Mason-James) add roundness to an outstanding show.
In summary, "Cubism" is my favourite Pet Shop Boys concert recording from the opener "Psychological" right through to "one nil to the arsenal" or as it's better known "Go West".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2007
Saw the Boys at Electric Picnic last September - a fitting finish to a superb weekend. Great to get the whole show on disc. With the addition of two dancers and three great vocalists, Neil and Chris to a fantastic job of bringing their hits to life. A healthy dose of new material Fundamental is well balanced with the expected oldies but goodies. Highlight would have to be a beefed up flamboyant followed a mellow take on Home and Dry with Neil on guitar. There's quite a witty audio commentary with the lads reflecting on the show. Not much else in the way of extras but plenty in the show that will hold up to repeat viewing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cubism, the Pet Shop Boys sixth concert film, accurately documents one night on the recent tour. Similar in almost every respect to the show currently touring the UK (barring a couple of songs that have been rotated through the set), "Cubism" is well, it's the obligatory live album with pictures. And what pictures.
Around the excellent soundtrack, dancers move and groove, backing vocalists preen, mock and croon, people in Mexico dance out of time and dress up, and a giant cube acts as screen, set, stage and focus for the show. A set of specially shot films (sadly not available in their own right) accompany the visual display with some gravitas and no little wit, setting the scene for a selection of some of the finest pop of all time.
Musically, you probably know what you are going to get : a collection of some of the greatest songs ever written, from Britains most successful duo of all time, that tie in with the universal themes of all great pop : the desire for the promised land, the need to run and hide and tear down the walls, coalesced with the other eternal quest of all music : the search for the perfect song. These 25 songs are attempts to find just that - and sometimes they come damn close. The opening section of the show focuses on big songs ("Left To My Own Devices", the pointed "I'm With Stupid" and the epic "Can You Forgive Her?") cross socio-political commentary with insightful, human tales of love, loss, and general disenchantment.
As the cube rotates and moves to become a giant Kraftwerkian panorama, the soundtrack moves to a set of songs (and a staging) most reminiscent of the epic 1989 shows : "Minimal" moves seamlessly into "Shopping", and "Rent", "Heart", "Opportunities" and "Integral" to clearly show that some common themese tie between the Pet Shop Boys of 1987 and that of 2007. Who would have thought they would've remained a vital force and carved a niche in culture when they were a mere young pop band of Thatcher's Britain? Perhaps its because now Britains resembles the Authoritarian air of the late 80's that some of these songs are not dated, but prescient and timely.
The Extras are barely worth a mention : the commentary is largely silent as the band watch the film for the first time, and the barely and rarely interject over the original track. The 'documentary' largely consists of interviews with fans who seem to reference "The Eighties" with every other sentence and paint the band as a nostalgia act of no use in 2007. Quite odd considering the band themselves refuse to appear on "I Love The Eighties". Surely they could have interviewed someone with something interesting to say?
As a live greatest hits, "Cubism" aptly dispatches itself with no small panache. Thankfully, it also shares little common ground with last years "Concrete" live album, with 19 songs not appearing on that (out of a total of 25). Whilst there is a reliance in some way on earlier material from The Eighties, the Pet Shop Boys are trying hard not to be a nostalgia act (even though the 1997-2005 years are represented with just two songs from those six albums) : the new album is represented in spades, and the songs chosen from their past reflect a microcosm of the band's ethos : social commentary you can dance to
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2007
When you see a pet shop boys concert, its clear that the songs are just a small part of the package they offer, the pet shop boys have become synonomous with putting on a show for all to see and this DVD ranks as my all time fav. The stage design and idea of using a cube that constantly moves and opens up is genius!
The lighting used givers the feel of a very modern concert, also i have to say as well that the dancers are used excellently and Neil has never sung better in his life than on this DVD - his voice is immaculate.
The songs are very well mixed in, old and new songs alike produce a quite stunning DVD - this is a must buy not just for PSB fans, but for fans who admire and respect style when they see it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This concert, filmed in Mexico in November 2006 is very handily close enough to being the Summer 2006 festival gigs, enabling it useful as a tool to remember those great concerts by for anyone who went, yet also has a number of differences in the set list, which means it also offers something new.
I am biased when it comes to the Pet Shop Boys (Britain's greatest pop act of the last 20 years by far don't you know) but if you've any liking of them at all, this is a very worthwhile DVD.
It's not the "spectacle" that Performance is/was (then again, it's not the boring "PSB as a real band" show that was the Release Tour) but it makes up with it by having the best set-list that the PSB have ever done live, taking from 20+ years of hits, with some classic album tracks thrown in for good measure. It also serves up the highlights from the most recent studio album Fundamental.
Throw in the high-definition filming (a vast improvement on the picture quality from the Discovery and Nightlife tour videos/dvd's) and THE best sound quality that I've heard on a live DVD from anybody and you have a wonderful must-have package. Just don't expect much from the Extra's (sardonic and witty the PSB commentary may be, but it's not very informative).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2007
This is a brilliant dvd, I think this is the best concert Pet Shop Boys have ever done, the visual effects are stunning!!. The best songs are Heart (it was fantastic to see them perform this live again as they haven't played it in years), Domino Dancing a top version of Shopping mixed with Minimal, Always On My Mind, Suburbia, Go West, Can You Forgive Her? the only low point here was the Princess Diana footage during Dreaming Of The Queen, there were lots of classic songs like It's Alright, What Have I Done To Deserve This?, One More Chance, Young Offender or new album tracks like the lovely Luna Park that they should've done instead, still a brilliant show though!!, Niel's vocals have improved over the years.
on 10 July 2007
This is one of the best, most imaginative concerts I have seen, the songs, fantastic use of graphics are what separates this from the masses!! To be going for over 20 years & still come out with a show like this is amazing. The only let down for me was the short documentary. It could've been a lot better & maybe followed them around the whole tour, not just Mexico. If you want to know what happens behind the scenes on a PSB tour check out the PSB V America book by Chris Heath.
on 30 May 2014
This is a great concert! All the hits, the best songs from Fundamental and more. Neil is in great voice backed by 3 very capable backing singers (the ever present Sylvia plus two very cute, fit blokes) and Chris doing his usual thing of standing rigid at the keyboards although fair play to him, he plays them live from start to finish! The line dancing version of Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Keep My Eyes Off Of You has to be seen to be believed!
on 2 July 2015
Amazing live dvd by the Pet Shop Boys.
I first discovered this back in 2007, when it was released (I had seen PSB in Tivoli, a danish amusement park, and wanted to buy everything the band had ever released). It didn't dissapoint, and it still doesn't whenever I re-watch it. Great filming, Neil's singing is spot on, and the stage design is as creative as you'd expect from these icons.
on 7 February 2012
Hi Everyone Steve Here, I live in Australia, I'm 58 years old now (Dam), I went to "The Pet Shop Boys" first concert in Australia when they came over!
Was "THE BEST"
Since then I have bought ALL their Records and CD's and All Dvd's from "West End Girls" to their latest Dvd's,
This Dvd Is "GREAT" If you love "The Pet Shop Boys" Buy this, and turn UP your Home Theater System!