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Pet Shop Boys, Debuts
on 23 February 2013
This is the Debut album of PSBs but the two artists were by no means debutantes when they recorded it. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe started making music together in 1981 and were "educated" in the tricks of the trade by legendary producer Bobby Orlando in New York City in 1984. After having released their first version of "West End Girls", the band broke up with Bobby O, Neil went on to take singing lessons to give his voice (and his remarkable, very original tone) new depth and the "reborn" band released a new version of "West End Girls" in October 1985, their single "Love comes quickly" in February 1986, both being included in this Debut LP, "Please" (released in March 1986).
Because the two artists were not really beginners (having done the job for almost five years by then), the album sounds amazingly mature and well thought-of. Out of the 10 songs there, one can be critical of one, maybe two tracks but that's about it. The rest is simply exceptional. What makes PSB very special is first, an amazing sense of melody (move on Schubert, Mozart and The Beatles) making the tunes memorable and eternal ("Opportunities", "Later Tonight", "Love comes quickly" and "West End Girls" of course), great arrangements and the overall polish of the production (and here it is clear that the band had not the resource nor the money to be as sophisticated as they would later be). The contagious dance rhythm in "Two divided by zero", "Suburbia" and "Why don't we live together" is also great and one will listen with interest to "Tonight is forever" and compare this draft with the diamond that Neil and Chris will manufacture for Liza Minnelli just three years later - with the same song.
In any case a wonderful, memorable first effort.