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Aside from being a flawless masterpiece, Behavior is a time-capsule of the first years of the nineties. Spirits were high, then, as the end of the eighties saw the tumbling of the Berlin wall, and the thawing of the Cold War. Sure, AIDS was becoming a global epidemic, but there was a grain of hope. Does anyone feel hope in 2006?
Behavior has many things going for it. After scoring a few hits on their prior albums, PSB were free to experiment. The songwriting is top-notch, with briliant lyrics that never sound trite or gimmicky. Each song is carefully crafted, with just the right sound. And, in my opinion, Neil's singing has never sounded better.
As other reviewers have stated, you can't pick our the highlights, because the whole album is a highlight. You have wistful songs (It's Only the Wind, Jealousy, My October Symphony, Nervously), nostalgic songs (Being Boring), urgent songs (This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave, The End of the World), a sexy ballad (To Face the Truth), burning disco (So Hard), and catchy pop (How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously?).
Although some of the tracks are filled with dry humor and sentiment, they never become maudlin, i.e. Morrissey at his worst. And the most disco-sounding song is nevertheless poignant and accusatory.
I could go on and on forever, but Behavior speaks volumes about itself. It is the definition of perfection.
You can hear a whole orchestra perform and yet you try to fathom which is real and which is synthesized. The best part is the end result is just so beautiful you wouldn't bother to figure out anymore how they did it.
I loved "To face the truth" as the beauty of this piece only hits you after a few hearings.
"My October Symphony" is I think a labour of love as the song will linger in your mind for the next few days after you have listened to it for the first time. Listen towards the end when the Boys employ the hardly used cello for that heart-string tugging effect. So moving!
"Only the wind" is another soul stirring song as Neil Tennant's almost angelic voice plays with the simplistic melody.
And boy, are the fast songs good! The Boys drive "So hard" and proves that "Being Boring" is not what you are when you own this CD!
The other songs are also very good as well and there are no fillers here. I will be their fan for life!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I originally bought this album when it was first released back in 1990. I am about to purchase it again, along with several others from the Pet Shop Boys. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jamie Wray
To me this CD is ok. I guess I was looking for the same magic the Please album had.Published 10 months ago by Marcann
The Pet Shop Boys are a beautiful, baffling and sometimes complicated duo. They're always saying that lyrics are a secondary thing and are at many times lumped into the category... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Poor Napoleon
One of my favorite albums. Listening to this will make you smarter. ;)Published 13 months ago by Robert Henry
This album takes me back to when I was a kid traveling to Dallas and sometimes to San Antonio too.Published 15 months ago by Gene Cardona
very good, the shippment was fast and the item i recieve on perfect shapePublished 17 months ago by Leon68
Noted on a best to worst list of Pet Shop Boy releases, this is usually rated one of their best. I don't get it. Not one of my favorites.Published on December 8, 2013 by Jarrod S. Adams