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The Most Incredible Thing
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2011
This is a review with a difference, as I haven't actually bought the CD yet.

I was lucky enough to be on the front row of the first public performance of "The most incredible thing" on 17 March and totally loved the music.
To be honest, I have never been to a ballet before, and really didn't know what to expect, but the whole production blew me away, and the musical score just worked so well.

I am sure that those who have criticised the CD have not had the opportunity to experience the music in its rightful place, as the setting for a very modern contemporary ballet. I deliberately didn't buy or listen to the score before seeing the ballet, so not to ruin my first experience, but having seen the music in action I can't wait to listen to it again on the CD. The music is still very Pet Shop Boys, but the CD is not a commercial album in the traditional sense - it's a sound track to an amazing piece of work that has been almost 4 years in the making. The performance on 17 March was given a standing ovation. Neil was there in the audience, and experienced the reaction of those in the theatre first hand.

So, in summary, if you are expecting the CD to be a stand-alone "pop" album, you may be disappointed, but if you take it for what it is, a modern musical score to an imaginative piece of creative ballet, and especially if you are fortunate enough to have seen the music with a live orchestra and dancers, you will appreciate just how incredible this CD is.
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on 11 March 2013
Not the usual Pet Shop Boys range of music but nevertheless, I stil enjoyed it.
But I admit that going to the show helped a lot andeven though it was a ballet, I was pleasantly suprised.
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on 10 December 2012
love this album but then i love most of the pet shop boys albums. most would probably say typical tune for them but i like it
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on 28 July 2011
Really good product and a must for any Pet Shop Boys fan. Contains some old and some newer tunes by this popular group
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2011
Where do I start to review this Masterpiece?

I have been following the Pet Shop Boys ever since their first hit single WestEnd Girls 26 years ago!
My music taste changed through the years, and I started seeking out other different types of music,
From Pop to Rock, from Dance to Opera to instrumental tracks and soundtracks.

But every once in a while I would still turn to my Pet Shop Boys cds and grab
the Alternative cd and listen to the less popular tracks (b sides) and in my mind
I would think, somewhere beneath these electronic beats is a project waiting to explode, something magical,
something incredible, something I longed to hear from the Pet Shop Boys!
Maybe a soundtrack or musical? :)

Come 2011 and Ladies and Gentlemen THIS IS IT! :)
This is the project I have honestly waited years to hear from the Pet Shop Boys.

Many will be surprised by this direction the Pet Shop Boys have taken to make this epic , but don't rush your judgements too easily.

This is instrumental music that will make you feel uplifted and will grow on you at an incredible pace
that you will feel the need to play this cd in it's entirety over and over again.

I hardly write reviews for music cds, my last one being a review for Chris De Burgh's MOONFLEET, which I regard as another genuine Masterpiece.
But I felt that I needed to write this short review since it's a musical event from the Pet Shop Boys that
I have waited so long to hear.

I am hoping that one day whilst on a visit to London I will get to see THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING Live.
I am sure it will truly be an incredible experience.

I missed out on the signed CD edition by Neil and Chris so if the Pet Shop Boys are reading this review and
still have one in hand contact me and Make my day :)

Thank you Neil and Chris for making this dream come true.

10/10 A TRUE MASTERPIECE. PURE GENIUS.

PS. I love the cover of this cd sort of reminds me of Black Swan :)
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2011
never can imagine myself listening to... the ballet...
but since today things are going to change, because Pet Shop Boys declared the new standards... I listened to it all day, even at the gym... this is the music that really is universal!!!
and please be sure, after theirs Battleship Potemkin and Closer To Heaven this is THEE MOST INCREDIBLE THING!!!
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on 13 June 2015
Different but a great album
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2011
Can i ask if anyone elses copy of this soundtrack glitches and breaks up on disc 1 during tracks 'The Clock 10/11/12' and 'Destruction'?

I've already returned one copy to amazon, received the replacement this morning and this copy is exactly the same...FAULTY!!! What to do???
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
It doesn't matter if you call yourselves Tennant/Lowe on the sleeve. You're the Pet Shop Boys. And, like 2005's "Battleship Potemkin", it's a soundtrack : this time to a ballet based upon an old book (or something). Shorn of its visuals, though, and it's a curiously sterile listening experience. Aside from three lines of vocals where a thoroughly normal - and previously unheard - PSB song hoves into view only to grind to a halt at the second line of the chorus, it's a complete instrumental 90 minutes that betrays their ambition, but not their ability. Bluntly put, I have no idea how this plays as a ballet, only how it operates as a record : and as a record, it's deeply flawed - every movement and moment is defined by a visual palette we never see, and one that dictates the story we know little of. The piece should be consumed as a whole, but it is an occasionally meagre feast, with a lack of any compelling reason to return. After a while, for me, the things that grate about the Boys - the occasionally cheap and tacky horn stabs - start to become inescapable. Whereas traditional musical soundtracks rely on two factors - strong identifiable themes, and repetitive treatments to reinforce these themes - "The Most Incredible Things" has none of these things.

Album 23(ish) for the duo, and it's the soundtrack to a ballet. Credit to them, for stepping outside of their established comfort zone, and prolifically producing material at a frenetic pace - not quite as busy as Prince, though. But this is a Spartan record that demonstrates that an instrumental album is not their strength - and the fragments of great PSB material that sits here is always beholden to the narrative of the work it scores, so moments of grand potential are snatched away. Keen listeners will also be alarmed by the end of "Clock 7-8-9" where a baby's cries appear from nowhere to shatter a delicately created mood, or the lack of any cohesive conclusion that bookends the alleged finale "Destruction". This is not to say it's bad, but it is indulgent, and lacking in any understanding of the home listening experience, being, apparently, designed solely for being experienced with a ballet unfolding before your eyes. It's a brave move, and tentatively artistically valid, but by no means a success or a rewarding listen.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The most incredible thing just doesn't sound like traditional Pet Shop Boys material and is pretty poor.

I only listened to it a few times but still didn't like it much.

Wait for a normal album of their's to appear.
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