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|Pet Shop Boys|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop
Ask people what their favorite Pet Shop Boys album is, and their answers will vary--but ask people what the most important Pet Shop Boys album is, and 9 out of 10 West End girls will say Very. The snide ambiguities that ch... more »
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Ask people what their favorite Pet Shop Boys album is, and their answers will vary--but ask people what the most important Pet Shop Boys album is, and 9 out of 10 West End girls will say Very. The snide ambiguities that churned behind prior PSB posturings were ripped away on this release, with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe finally pulling more than punches. Self-awareness is one of the major themes on Very, with "Yesterday When I Was Mad," showing the band could send up themselves as well as their friends and lovers; meanwhile, "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Type of Thing" both carries one of the Boys' best melody lines and serves as one of their most literal confessions. There's also a more threatening, foreboding tone to the record as set by the opening "Can You Forgive Her" and the closing Village People cover, "Go West." Originally an anthem leading gay men to San Francisco's promised land, the Pet Shop Boys' version is delivered from the beleaguered trenches in the war against AIDS. The results are as ominous as they are brilliant. --Steve Gdula
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Jim D. Shelton | Santee, CA United States | 04/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought "Very" in 1993...I was 39yrs old and it was a very painful time for me - my wife had left with my best friend. I was already a big fan of PSB and didn't know anything about their sexual orientation - nor did I care. I just loved their well-crafted tunes with a catchy melody, unlike so much other noise in the music industry at the time...
I couldn't stop playing "Very" for the next 2yrs. Along with counseling, a support group, my church and my faith in God it was also an important element of my recovery and to some degree a soundtrack for my big comeback... Whatever mood I was in there was a song to match - and I always felt better after listening...and often more empowered.
Note that my review is for the original version but I'm sure it applies to this release as well. At the age of 54, this is still one of my all-time favorites......"