|1. Two Divided By Zero|
|2. West End Girls|
|3. Oppurtunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)|
|4. Love Comes Quickly|
|6. Opportunities (Reprise)|
|7. Tonight Is Forever|
|9. I Want A Lover|
|10. Later Tonight|
|11. Why Don't We Live Together?|
While I like other songs on this release, with the exception of "Later Tonight" and "Why Don't We Live Together," I am not giving this release a 5 as the remastered 2 CD set released in 2001 is pricey, and unlike the reissues "Very" or "Bilingual," the "Further Listening" CD does not make this a must have set. Maybe because it only covers songs from their early years and a very limited period (1984-1986), the CD does not really have as many gems as can be found on other 2001 rereleases by PSB. Also, while there are a few winners, my favorites the moody "Jack The Lad," "the catchy "Paninaro," the punchy "In The Night," "A Man Can Get Arrested," That's My Impression" can already be found in good form in "Alternative" or "Disco." The are a few surprises as exemplified by the muscular 'Was That What It Was?" (love those "drums," strings, and chorus). I wish that Neil would rerecord this song as the solo portions are not as good as all the other components.Read more ›
The music of the Pet Shop Boys defies easy explanation. The lyrics are witty and urbane, very much a product of the disco and consumer-big-money culture of the 1980s. Songs like Opportunities/Let's Make Lots of Money became a sort of capitalist anthem, spawning two different video versions and countless remixes for the disco environments.
Taking a cue from the popular television of the time, the song Suburbia has a piano overlay that sounds similar to the then massively-popular Eastenders, and the lyrics recount a East End-esque storyline which sparks familiarity with those immersed in the pop culture.
The song Love Comes Quickly highlights both synthesizer effects and masking as well as simple and elegant poetic lyric. No base or screaming lines in this disco, no banal or forced words simply to serve as fronting for a drum-machine-produced rhythm, this song perhaps shows the Pet Shop Boys at their early height in development of words to music (that was finally fully developed in the album Behaviour).
Two other songs of note on this introductory album include the first track, Two Divided By Zero, which has a simple introduction and simplistic development that ends up gradually increasing in sound complexity while the sense of 'what does this song mean?Read more ›