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Very [Original recording reissued]

Pet Shop BoysAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000024QML
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums, and I became interested in one reviewer's idea that it's actually a concept album about leaving the closet for the gay subculture--and the joys and challenges that result. I also love another reviewer's notion that the album may be big and brassy (bright orange and riveted like sheet metal; full of happy house hooks) but it's also soul-baring and vulnerable underneath.
"Can You Forgive Her?" catches our protagonist in a heterosexual bond but indulging in secret gay romps behind the "cricket pavilion" and the "bicycle stand." Titled after an Anthony Trollope novel, the music is spiky and sinister, as if to demonstrate the tumult of a conflicted life.
A wave of euphoria comes next. Our closet case has his first real relationship. He has never known such joy, and he reacts jubilantly, whipping off his clothes and dancing to Stavinsky. Still, he clings to heterosexuality, claiming "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing."
"Liberation" is the final acceptance of his gay identity, a string-sweetened ballad about the moment of realizing a real and genuine love: a ride home with his beloved's head resting against his shoulder.
Our hero has accepted his sexuality but now must negotiate the difficult balancing act of any relationship gay or straight. "A Different Point of View" and "One and One Make Five" recall the possessive lovers that have always been at the heart of PSB songs, including "To Face the Truth," "So Hard," and "Jealousy" from their previous album "Behavior." "Yesterday When I Was Mad" works as a double statement: A lovebird at the end of his rope returning to the nest only because he gets lonely--and a certain duo (ahem) frustrated by the music business.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the straight scoop from a straight guy... April 1, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
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......
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Best February 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Very" is, without a doubt, my favorite PSB album. There is just not one weak track on the whole thing. From "Can You Forgive Her?" to "Go West" (which is the finale on the current tour), it has a consistency of excellence lacking on most albums. My favorite tracks are probably "One In A Million," "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing" (why do the Boys have this habit of using such long, unwieldy song titles?) and "Go West," which is just plain fun to listen to. None of the other tracks are far behind. If you must own one PSB album, this is the one to get. It's scary how nearly flawless this album is (it's just too bad that "Shameless" was not included on it). Irresistably upbeat and full of hooks, great melodies, sharp lyrics and dance beats that only the Pet Shop Boys can do this well, it remains one of my all-time favorites. I even buy used copies (when I can find them) for my friends; it is really that good. Stop reading reviews and buy it already.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet... December 21, 2005
By Analog
Format:Audio CD
Very is quite different from the Pet Shop Boys most people are familiar with. In the past were songs like Being Boring, West End Girls, Rent, It's A Sin etc... which are for the most part, mid-tempo electronic rock. Very reminds me a lot of the direction that OMD went after McCluskey and Humphreys went separate ways, think Sugar Tax and Liberator era. Of course most people are familiar with Can You Forgive Her which was a pretty big hit back in the early 90's, but after the opening track finishes off, you're hit with I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing, a straight up dancy disco rocker. The pace of this album rarely lets up except for a few slower ballady songs (Liberation, Dreaming of the Queen, To Speak Is A Sin) and finishes off with an outstanding version of the Village People's Go West. I like this album a lot, it is one of my favorites because it is so upbeat and energetic, and of course because the Pet Shop Boys are incredible. I would recommend this album to fans of newer OMD, New Order, Erasure, Intuition, Neuropa.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an appropriate title. September 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Although I believe 1990's "Behaviour" to be Pet Shop Boys greatest offering to date, "Very" remains my personal favorite to this day.

I was 17 when I bought my first PSB album. I bought two at once. I bought them at Kmart. "Discography" and "Very".

I was taking a gamble. At that time I only knew the songs "West End Girls" and "Suburbia".

But I am so happy I bought them. Particularly with "Very". Aside from Discography or PopArt, this is a great album for people who are curious about the Pet Shop Boys. It's just a great pop album, I love every single track - every one.

I highly recommend to those who are only vaguely familiar with their music, and are considering owning something of theirs. This is the album to test the waters. And you'll love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars piece of garbage.
I was very very disapointed .This was nothing but someone copying the music and putting it on a man made lable.The music was so bad you could not even make out the songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PAUL
5.0 out of 5 stars very DOPE
there is almost no way to review such a work of art. if you love 80s, BUY THIS, if you love club/house/pop, BUY THIS, heck, if you're into old school indie, alternative stuff like... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jared Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Pet Shop Boys' best album ever
With the success of "Behaviour", the Pet Shop Boys entered the 1990s with strong confidence and creativity. Read more
Published 11 months ago by JLR
5.0 out of 5 stars It is exactly as one would expece: A Supper download from Amazon of...
We received the CD in good repair. The CD holder was broken internally and prevented the CD from connecting properly within the jewel case. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Summer
Published 20 months ago by Leopoldo
1.0 out of 5 stars pet shop boys "VERY"
I despise people who review a CD/DVD in every detail. Maybe how the sun was shinng on the day it was recorded.

I'm going to be succint and to the POINT.... Read more
Published 23 months ago by sowhat
2.0 out of 5 stars Overproduced, and at times just TOO DARNED LOUD!!!!
I was compelled to buy this album on my past pleasant experiences with PSB albums, and the lead single and first track of the album "Can You Forgive Her?". Read more
Published 23 months ago by Aparato SuperSonico
5+ Stars for the PSB!! Not the seller who at my time of purchase says "PET SHOP BOYS Very (Scarce 1993 UK Special Edition 12-track CD album housed in a unique custom stickered &... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by NoMoneyG
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem
This album, released in 1993, is solid all the way through. Standout songs are the Village People-cover "Go West", "Yesterday When I Was Mad" & "One In One Make Five". Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by Darren L. Perleberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Music
This Pet Shop Boys album is produced excellently and recorded amazingly. The vocals are high and clear. The melodies are easy to recognize and very popular. Read more
Published on October 21, 2010 by JD
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