Friday, 6 July 2012

PET SHOP BOYS PLEASE


Beneath the minimnilist sleeve lies a layered and significant British album. Lyrically saying a lot about the UK of the past and its present, Please is a notable album which contains some superb songs; possibly the best work of their careers. 

Pop hit's flourished from within and Pet Shop boys became household names following the runaway success of West End girls http://youtu.be/p3j2NYZ8FKs. The album is up there with The Kinks, The Who and The Jam with it's Britishness but it has an international sound; a vibrant electronic pulse that is part Moroder, part Kraftwerk, part Arthur Baker and a full on pop sensibility with melancholia alongside subtle humour.

Released in March 1986 it crystalises a time and place beautifully. Stand out tracks are Opportunities, the superb Suburbia http://youtu.be/-VCqAjYO3NM,the understated Violence, Two divided by Zero http://youtu.be/kPqyDm7FFug, the soaring Tonight is forever http://youtu.be/dQycRzcxsSM and my personal favourite of theirs, Love Comes Quickly http://youtu.be/QHaA1beOwrY. In fact all the tracks are excellent.

Please is an album that is worth revisiting, an album that ultimately is one of the great British Debuts.

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