Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pet Shop Boys - Very (1993)

Just sos you know, it is perfectly normal for a middle-age heterosexual man to like Pet Shop Boys. It may be rare, but it is perfectly normal nonetheless. This is simply a fantastic pop album, maybe the duo's best. Great songwriting, smooth production, and PSB had finally grown into their sound. In 2000,Q magazine placed Very at number 91 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, edited by Robert Dimery.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #20 (Oct 23, 1993)

Tracks: Some great stuff here, including I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing,A Different Point Of View,Yesterday When I Was Mad, One And One Make Five, and One In A Million. I usually don't listen to Dreaming Of The Queen, The Theatre, or the senseless remake of the Village People's Go West, which is the low point of the album until it starts to sound like a PSB song at the coda around the 4:24 mark. There's also a brief hidden track (a brief CD phenomenon that, fortunately, didn't really have a long life) which is just a curiosity more than anything.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Like all PSB albums, this CD reminds me of my best friend from high school, Scott (who thought of himself as neither middle-age nor heterosexual). In fact, he may have given me this CD.

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