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Genre: Dance & Electronic - House & Garage / Artist: Pet Shop Boys / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2001-06-04 at EMI

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      06.08.2008 02:07
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      As you are probably aware introspective means to examine ones own thoughts or feelings. It is also the 6-track mini-album by The Pet Shop Boys which was released in 1988. The six tracks are extended mixes of some of their most popular songs from what was probably their most productive time.

      Five of the tracks are immediately well known having been singles either from them or for collaborative artists. PSB are of course best known for their electronic dance music and this album is predominantly electronic disco.
      There is the original Pet Shop Boys version of 'I'm Not Scared' which was a hit when sung by Patsy Kensit. Neil Tennant sings the song exactly as you will recall it - even in the same key. One minor quibble is that some of the tracks have unnecessary self-indulgent remixed parts. The otherwise excellent 'Domino Dancing' has an unnecessary break dance style extension whilst 'Always On My Mind' is somewhat spoilt in the middle part by a distorted voice section but it remains a favourite track. 'It's Alright' is characterised by the excellent chorus 'You know it's gonna be alright, coz the music lasts forever' alas such is the extended length of the track it feels that way. The only disappointing track is 'I Want A Dog' which is pretty standard stuff by PSB standards.

      The final track is 'Left To My Own Devices' which is what Pet ShopBoys do best. Top disco stuff full of swirling electric string arrangement, with a full orchestral and diva sound as a climax.
      'Introspective' is good value but perhaps more for the committed Pet Shop Boys fan.

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      10.11.2001 04:40
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      The year was 1988, and after a couple of hit albums and a string of hit singles (including three number ones) the Pet Shop Boys decided to go all Introspective on us. In a radical move away from the usual ten track album, that was the expected 'norm' from pop groups, we were treated instead to a dance album with six extended versions of their songs. Of course this wasn't the first time that the Pet Shop Boys had done this, as we had already undertaken a similar project, 'Disco', a few years before in 1986. On this occasion the tracks were as follows: • Left To My Own Devices • I Want A Dog • Domino Dancing • I'm Not Scared • Always On My Mind / In MY House • It's Alright As well as one track that had already been a hit for the duo the previous year, namely 'Always On My Mind', three of the other songs also became hit singles for the Pet Shop Boys in their own right, albeit in edited form. In addition, the track 'I'm Not Scared' had also been a hit for the group Eighth Wonder, fronted by Patsy Kensit. To complete the picture 'I Want A Dog' had been a previous B-side on the 'Rent' single in 1987. So in some ways this album can be considered to be a mini greatest hits set, although the tracks are all extended dance versions. Weighing in at over eight minutes, 'Left To My Own Devices', in the mix included on this album, is an orchestral epic complete with the sort of lyrical pomposity you may have come to expect (Remember: 'Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat?') 'I Want A Dog' is a plodding hypnotic track, briefer than its pedecessor at just over six minutes. The lyrics examine companionship complete with a typical Neil Tennant vocal. Although quite an interesting listen it is probably my least favourite of all the six tracks on this album. In quite a ra
      dical change in direction 'Domino Dancing' is a Latin influenced piece, produced by Lewis A. Martinee. Some critics cite this track as the beginning of the end for the Pet Shop Boys, as although they still managed to hit the top ten several times after releasing this song as a single, they never quite seemed to be able to scale the same chart heights as they had been able to in the past. 'I'm Not Scared' is classic Pet Shop Boys, and in line with many of the songs that they have written for other artists, the duo tend to like to record their own version as well. Although I adored Eighth Wonder's version, this is one time where I believe that the Pet Shop Boys' own version of the track surpasses the alternative version. 'Always On My Mind', the single, was a complete masterstroke. It brushed the competition aside during Christmas 1987, climbing to the top of the singles chart for four weeks. To cover a track made famous by Elvis Presley is no mean feat (although the track was written and had also been performed by Willie Nelson.) The fact that this country song was given a totally different Hi-NRG dance treatment worked a treat and remains one of my favourite PSB tracks of all time. The version on Introspective has a much more sparse arrangement than the more frenetic single version. It also merges, medley-like into 'In My House', which is more of a deeper trance like song, although this only features relatively briefly in the middle of this nine minute epic mix. 'It's Alright' is a cover version of a Sterling Void song, and is a fitting close to this album. It is certainly much more of a laid back dance track, with a 'house' piano sound throughout. Although I also like to listen to the edited versions of these songs, I like the extra exposure that they are given on this album. The Pet Shop Boys have written and produced some innovative music in the fiftten
      years or so that they have been making music. However, in trying to do something different with Introspective, we were certainly treated to a worthy addition to the PSB album discography with this release. Although available now as a mid-price budget release for about £7, it should also be possible to pick the CD up second-hand for as little as £3-£4 in some places. {An original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001}

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        12.04.2001 01:35
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        As you are probably aware introspective means to examine ones own thoughts or feelings. It is also the 6-track mini-album by The Pet Shop Boys which was released in 1988. the six tracks are extended mixes of 6 of their most popular songs from what was their most productive time. Five of the tracks are immediately well known having been singles either from them or for collaborative artists. PSB are of course best known for their electronic dance music and this album is predominantly electronic disco. The only disappointing track is ‘I Want A Dog’ which is pretty standard stuff by PSB standards. There is also the original PSN version of ‘I’m Not Scared’ which was a hit when sung by Patsy Kensit. Neil Tennant sings the song exactly as you will recall it – even in the same key. One minor quibble is that some of the tracks have unnecessary self indulgent remixed parts. The otherwise excellent ‘Domino Dancing’ has an unnecessary break dance style extension. ‘Always On My Mind’ is somewhat spoilt in the middle part by a distorted voice section but it remains a favourite track. ‘It’s Alright’ is characterised by the excellent chorus ‘You know it’s gonna be alright, coz the music lasts forever’ alas such is the extended length of the track it feels that way. The final track is ‘Left To My Own Devices’ which is what PSB do best. Top disco stuff full of swirling electric string arrangement, full orchestral and diva sound as a climax. ‘Introspective’ is good value but perhaps more for the committed PSB fan.

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        25.06.2000 22:12
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        This "remix" album was a major hit in the 1980's by recent Ivor Novello award winners the Pet Shop Boys, and one which still lasts the test of time. "Left to My Own Devices" moves swiftly into "I Want A Dog", followed by the classic lengthy remix of "Domino Dancing", the PSB's proving that they were truly often before their time, with the latino disco style of this song, very much pre-Ricky Martin! More classic remixes follow, "I'm Not Scared" (for true Patsy Kensit fans!), "Always on My Mind" and finally the crescendo of "It's Alright". With a total playing time of 50 minutes, this album skips along at a very fast rate, leaving the listener hard pressed to sit still! If you want to purchase this classic eighties album and are still of the very few of us who still possess a record player, and love collecting vinyl, I suggest you seek out the excellent limited edition album which comprises of 3 12" singles with pictures on the record labels.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Left To My Own Devices
      2 I Want A Dog
      3 Domino Dancing
      4 I'm Not Scared
      5 Always On My Mind
      6 It's Alright
      7 I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
      8 Don Juan
      9 Domino Dancing
      10 Domino Dancing
      11 Sound Of The Atom Splitting
      12 What Keeps Mankind Alive
      13 Don Juan
      14 Losing My Mind
      15 Nothing Has Been Proved
      16 So Sorry I Said
      17 Left To My Own Devices
      18 It's Alright
      19 One Of The Crowd
      20 It's Alright
      21 Your Funny Uncle

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
      2 Don Juan
      3 Domino Dancing
      4 Domino Dancing
      5 Sound Of The Atom Splitting
      6 What Keeps Mankind Alive
      7 Don Juan
      8 Losing My Mind
      9 Nothing Has Been Proved
      10 So Sorry I Said
      11 Left To My Own Devices
      12 It's Alright
      13 One Of The Crowd
      14 It's Alright
      15 Your Funny Uncle