Introspective (studio album) by Pet Shop Boys

Introspective
Introspective by Pet Shop Boys
Year: 1988
Overall rank: 1,803rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 145 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1988 (31st)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (288th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,803rd)
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Introspective by Pet Shop Boys (EMI Music Distribution)
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Pet Shop Boys - Introspective (1994) CD
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Introspective is ranked 3rd best out of 25 albums by Pet Shop Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Pet Shop Boys is Actually which is ranked number 1550 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,134.

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Introspective track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 145 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 10% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.7/100, a mean average of 75.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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60/100
From 05/14/2020 11:39
Not a massive PSB fan, but I adore Left to My Own Devices so I thought I'd give it a go. And although this is not really my bag, I enjoyed it, particularly the extended Always On My Mind/In My House.
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From 08/13/2018 14:29
Having conquered synth pop with their two previous LPs, the duo decided dance music was next in their sites. Introspective is House music the whole family can dance along to. Their classic pop brilliance is still there, but it's lengthened out and doused in a healthy dose of acid-influenced synths.

It lacks the depth that made their previous two releases so good, but at the same time offers a lot more contemporary house albums of the time thanks to its radio-friendly credentials. And as always, Neil Tennant's voice is fantastic.

The drama in that orchestration on Left To My Own Devices immediately capture an essential feeling of tension. Always On My Mind is the real high point of the record, and indeed is one of my favourite covers of all time, though it's certainly matched by the groovy I Want A Dog and the poetically dystopian It's Alright, which also happens to add another excellent socio-political pop track to the PSB's roster.

An outstanding bridge between pop and house that doesn't end up being weak for trying to compromise between the two. An essential late 80s record.
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From 05/21/2018 15:33
On their previous album "Actually", I complimented the Pet Shop Boys with respect to them "allowing their tracks to stretch out a bit"... well this takes that up a notch as all 6 tracks range from over 6 minutes to just under 10, and we're all the better for it. "Introspective" thematically flips the switch and lets the light in, from songs about self-reliance to hope and love. These tracks are well-produced, very catchy and never overstay their welcome. What more could you ask for from a dance-pop duo?
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80/100
From 02/02/2017 13:18
A very dancy album from the Pet shop boys. It's a very good record, a worthy, yet different follow up to the excellent, Actually. Not quite great, but very good.
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From 05/23/2013 21:55
Well that was a lovely end to an album. Feel myself more hopeful than before.
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From 08/04/2012 22:03
Influenced by the Acid House boom in England at the time and it shows! Love 'I Want A Dog' and 'It's Alright'. Classic.
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