Friday, January 22, 2010

Behavior (1990)

(Restoration project 1: Torn out of this blog for TOS violations during my hiatus so I "don't dare" upload the related music files. Sorry about that.)

"Being Boring" The Pet Shop Boys were never going to fall within my typical, rockist tastes of the time, which ran toward Neil Young, Sonic Youth, the Pixies, and the inevitable Nirvana. But that only made it that much more compelling the way this album insinuated itself into my daily routines. I couldn't get enough of it. Some days I played it over and over. This went on for months. Every song here is a stone winner, lush, beautiful, haunting, limning an emotional vulnerability as open and vulnerable as it is studied and reserved. Plus it's funny. In retrospect, I don't know why I found it all so surprising. But this is probably where I moved them from "guilty pleasure" to something more along the lines of "essential."