RELEASE
1986
LABEL
EMI Music Distribution
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Alternative Dance, Dance-Rock

Album Review

A collection of immaculately crafted and seamlessly produced synthesized dance-pop, the Pet Shop Boys' debut album, Please, sketches out the basic elements of the duo's sound. At first listen, most of the songs come off as mere excuses for the dancefloor, driven by cold, melodic keyboard riffs and pulsing drum machines. However, the songcraft that the beats support is surprisingly strong, featuring catchy melodies that appear slight because of Neil Tennant's thin voice. Tennant's lyrics were still in their formative stages, with half of the record failing to transcend the formulaic constraints of dance-pop. The songs that do break free -- the crass "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," the lulling "Suburbia," and the hypnotic "West End Girls" -- are not only classic dance singles, they're classic pop singles.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Two Divided by Zero
  2. West End Girls
  3. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
  4. Love Comes Quickly
  5. Suburbia
  6. Opportunities [Reprise]
  7. Tonight Is Forever
  8. Violence
  9. I Want a Lover
  10. Later Tonight
  11. Why Don't We Live Together?