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Introspective

Pet Shop BoysAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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On August 19th, Neil and Chris meet by chance in an electronics shop on the Kings Road. Realizing they have a common interest in dance music, they begin to write together. Initially they call themselves West End; later they come up with the name Pet Shop Boys, a name derived from some friends who work in a pet shop in Ealing. "We thought it sounded like an English rap ... Read more in Amazon's Pet Shop Boys Store

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  • Audio CD (June 16, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00000633N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Left To My Own Devices
2. I Want A Dog
3. Domino Dancing
4. I'm Not Scared
5. Always On My Mind/In My House
6. It's Alright

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 tracks worth 15-song albums. April 4, 2006
By Joshua
Format:Audio CD
This is an album including 6 songs but feeling an eternity of pure joy and enthuasism. Opening track Left To My Open Devices should be an anthem in showing how everything in the kitchen sink may work so fittingly...from party animals to Debussy to nasal, rap-like singing to high-backvocals to strings to drum programming. It is a joyful dazzling experience of 6-minute pop indulgence.

The rest is not so different but things go suberp again in their own rendition of "I'm not Scared" in which Neil renders one of his most heart wrenching inquiries into a lying, non-faithful, elusive love, to whom he challenges and invites her/ him to fight against those "dogs"...but as usual with PSB, relations are not that eternally happy moments.

The house club version of Always On My Mind strikes a different chord with a nice interpretation, fully swelling into the majestic and piercing high energy progress of the wonderful single version.

Another hidden gem is a former B side, I want a Dog which is specially remixed by Knuckle for the album, which harbours joyful piano moments.

Introspective is the ultimate commercial-pop combination in Pet Shop Boys' ouvre, closing the circle that started with Please and peaked in Actually, which showcases Boys' brilliance how pop is done, before the duo sadly moved into more experimental waters.

One of the most glorious pop albums of all time, Introspective is ten times the price its tag bears...more accurately, it is priceless.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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An over-the-top symphonic disco-romp called "Left To My Own Devices" finds Neil Tennant reading from the diary of a struggling party animal. In the next room, legendary Chicago House pioneer Frankie Knuckles makes a producer cameo on "I Want A Dog" while in another room Miami-pop legend Lewis Martinee (of Expose fame) lends his talents to the brassy, latin and vacation-esque Domino Dancing. On the patio a housy remix of the boys' hit "Always On My Mind" glides into the celebration of "It's Alright." Outside in the night our tragic hero disappears into insincere streets full of lying actors and barking dogs on "I'm Not Scared." The boys leave the playful freedom of the 80s to return with regretful retrospecitve glances on the LP Behaviour.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic re-issue of a great CD February 7, 2002
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The PSB recently remastered and re-issued their first six albums. "Introspective" has always been my favorite CD by them and I was only too happy to but it again to get all the extras. Disc 1 is the original CD remastered. It sounds great and these dance tracks now thump with extra power. My all-time favorite PSB song is included, Left to My Own Devices, which accomplishes their goal of putting "Debussy to a disco beat."
Disc 2 contains various remixes and b-sides from the era (1988-1989). It has several versions of Domino Dancing, including the lovely, stripped-down "alternative version" and the demo version which is beautiful in its own right, but a mere skeleton of the song it would eventually become. They also include two songs that the wrote and produced for others - Liza Minelli (So Sorry, I Said) and Dusty Springfield (Nothing Has Been Proved, which was inspired by the Profumo scandal).
Best of all is the extras that have been released with this re-issue. The 36-page booklet has tons of pictures and all song lyrics. Plus, the PSB comment on the entire CD and each song. For example, they reveal that "Losing My Mind" was their attempt at doing a ZZ Top type song! Brilliant!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first great album from PSB. May 6, 2002
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"Introspective" is a one-of-a-kind release from Pet Shop Boys. Is it an EP? A remix album? Or is it a new studio recording? It is all these things and more. The album contains remixes of previously released material, newly recorded songs, and a couple covers to boot. Although "Introspective" is a grab-bag of an album, it's by no means a throwaway record. "Left to My Own Devices" is a stomping disco number, replete with a full orchestra and Neil Tennant's spoken vocals. "I Want a Dog" is a funked-up remix of the original b-side, while we're treated to a housed version of their No. 1 "Always On My Mind." In addition, there's "I'm Not Scared," which Patsy Kensit would later record, and they do a decent cover of Sterling Void's "It's Alright." Though the record is only 6 tracks long, "Introspective" is a triumph of quality over quantity, and at the time, it was the most disco-centric release of their catalogue. If "Very" or "Behaviour" is the duo's best album, then "Introspective" ranks a close second.
More interesting, still, is the second disc, which has rare remixes, demo versions, and songs they originally recorded for Dusty Springfield and Liza Minnelli. The song of note is "I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)" which was a b-side to the single "Heart" but is strong enough to be released as a single.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than Alright! March 31, 2006
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This my favourite album of all time, and still in 2006 after listening to it again and again i'm still hearing new beats and hooks. This album has so many layers its incredible. A triumph in everyway.

The Mark Farrow cover is up there with anything Pete Saville has done for New Order/Joy Division. A hallmark of true greatness.

It also has the greatest piano solo ever in pop music - I Want A Dog (3:03 - 4:13). Jools Holland on The The's "Uncertain Smile" a close second.

It's Politics, Passion, Dance, Sex, Injustice, Religion and Dogs! A true classic!

Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat... need I say anymore!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off
only one disc with six songs wheres disc 2 with the rest don.t order it.s being sold a double disc it.s not
Published 3 months ago by easystreet
5.0 out of 5 stars A + Service
New product, cd is fantastic!! Exactly what I wanted and enjoy! I'm planning on ordering a lot more cd's this way for sure, Kudos!
Published 8 months ago by Joanie Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars no pets in this pet shop
The Pet shop Boys have been one of my favorites since I was a pre-teen, I had lost this album, so this was a replacement, still sounds good
Published 8 months ago by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Introspective at all!
Sometimes credited as the "kiss of death" to the PSB's popularity in the States, mainly to do with the fact that it contained dance mixes and reworking's of songs when the States... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Londonnoise
1.0 out of 5 stars This Item was suppose to be Remastered version
Specifically ordered this to be the remastered/Re-issued version. Instead I received the original 1988 version which I already had. Gave this away as a gift so now... Read more
Published 12 months ago by OJCast
4.0 out of 5 stars A little less PSB, but still PSB...
Very honestly I don't like short CD's, with few musics, but even though, it's still a good CD.
Good choice.
Published 13 months ago by Marcel Gimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente sonido original
Ante la vuelta de los acetatos, he estado buscando LP de los Pet Shop Boys, lo cual ha sido muy difícil. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Andres Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite albums..
To be honest, normally I would not have enough patience to listen to stand-alone 7min++ tracks, yet Introspective which consists of 6 9 to 12 min tracks is exceptionally hypnotic. Read more
Published on September 9, 2011 by Glamourbot
3.0 out of 5 stars I want to hear somebody bark
The third "album" from the Pet Shop Boys was something of a stop-gap release. Two of the songs had already been released as singles (a single mix of "Always on my Mind" came packed... Read more
Published on May 5, 2008 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites of all time
This is absolutely the Pet Shop Boys at their finest. If you're thinking of getting this disc, I second the motion! You will not be disappointed. Read more
Published on June 17, 2007 by Chris W. Rea
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