Introspective

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Introspective
Introspective (Pet Shop Boys album).jpg
One of several CD editions
Studio album by
Released10 October 1988 (1988-10-10)
Recorded1988-1989
Studio
Genre
Length48:08
LabelParlophone
Producer
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Actually
(1987)
Introspective
(1988)
Behaviour
(1990)
Singles from Introspective
  1. "Always on My Mind"
    Released: 30 November 1987
  2. "Domino Dancing"
    Released: 12 September 1988
  3. "Left to My Own Devices"
    Released: 14 November 1988
  4. "It's Alright"
    Released: 26 June 1989
Alternative cover
Vinyl cover
Vinyl cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[5]
The Village VoiceA−[6]

Introspective is the third studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on 10 October 1988 by Parlophone.[7] It is the duo's second best-selling album after Very (1993), selling over 4.5 million copies worldwide.

It is so named because "all the songs, although it's a dance album, are introspective"[citation needed]. Perhaps the biggest change in Pet Shop Boys' sound evident on this album is an increasing attention to orchestration using real orchestras, particularly on the Trevor Horn-produced "Left to My Own Devices", which took months to produce[citation needed].

Background[edit]

The album was unusual in that it completely reversed the typical process by which pop/dance acts released singles. Instead of releasing an album of regular-length (3–5-minute) songs, then releasing more lengthy remixes of those songs on subsequent singles, Introspective was released as an LP consisting of songs that all lasted six minutes or more. Songs from the album that were released as singles were released as shorter, more radio-friendly mixes. Of the four tracks on the album that were released as singles—"Left to My Own Devices", "Domino Dancing", "Always on My Mind", (which was released prior to the album) and "It's Alright"—none was released as a radio single in the same form that they appeared on the album.

It is also notable that of the seven songs on the album (track five being a medley of two songs), only two were actually written specifically for this project— those being "Left to My Own Devices" and "Domino Dancing". "Always on My Mind" and "It's Alright" are both cover versions, "I Want a Dog" is a song that previously appeared as B-side of the single "Rent", and "I'm Not Scared" is their own version of a song they had previously written for Patsy Kensit's pop group Eighth Wonder. "Always on My Mind" was re-recorded for this album and mixed with "In My House", a new acid-house track on the album which expanded the lyrics to the song.

Introspective was re-released in 2001 (as were the duo's first six albums) as Introspective/Further Listening. The re-released version was digitally remastered and came with a second disc of B-sides and previously unreleased material from around the time of the album's original release. Yet another re-release followed on 9 February 2009, under the title Introspective: Remastered. This version contains only the six tracks on the original. With the 2009 re-release, the 2001 two-disc re-release was discontinued. On 2 March 2018, the two-disc version of the album was re-released again, this time featuring newly remastered versions of the tracks. It was also released as a digital download and on vinyl.

Neil Tennant, in a speech he gave to the Oxford Union, said that he regretted releasing Introspective so soon after Actually as he felt that the 12-inch nature of the songs may have put some fans off the band and that this probably impacted on the sales of Behaviour, the subsequent album which is critically regarded as the Pet Shop Boys' finest album but commercially is one of their least successful. Nevertheless, Introspective remains, according to Tennant, the best-selling Pet Shop Boys album internationally. It peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, behind U2's Rattle and Hum.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, except "Always on My Mind" (written by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson) and "It's Alright" (written by Sterling Void)

  1. "Left to My Own Devices" – 8:16
  2. "I Want a Dog" – 6:15
  3. "Domino Dancing" – 7:40
  4. "I'm Not Scared" – 7:23
  5. "Always on My Mind/In My House" – 9:05
  6. "It's Alright" – 9:24

Further Listening 1988–1989[edit]

  1. "I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)" (Full Length 12" Mix) – 5:35 **
  2. "Don Juan" (demo version) – 4:22
  3. "Domino Dancing" (demo version) – 4:47
  4. "Domino Dancing" (alternative version) – 4:52
  5. "The Sound of the Atom Splitting" – 5:13
  6. "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" – 3:26
  7. "Don Juan" (disco mix) – 7:35
  8. "Losing My Mind" (disco mix) – 6:09
  9. "Nothing Has Been Proved" (demo for Dusty) – 4:51 *
  10. "So Sorry, I Said" (demo for Liza) – 3:26 *
  11. "Left to My Own Devices" (7" mix) – 4:47
  12. "It's Alright" (10" version) – 4:47
  13. "One of the Crowd" – 3:56
  14. "It's Alright" (7" version) – 4:20
  15. "Your Funny Uncle" – 2:18

Notes

  • (*) Previously unreleased.
  • (**) Not the same version featured on Alternative.

Personnel[edit]

Guest musicians

  • Richard Niles – orchestra arrangement and conduction on track 1
  • Sally Bradshaw – additional vocals on track 1
  • Nestor Gomez – classical guitar on track 3
  • Tony Conception, Kenneth William Faulk, Dana Tebor and Ed Calle – brass on track
  • The Voice in Fashion – backing vocals on track 3
  • Gee Morris, Dee Ricketts, Iris Sutherland and Yvonne White – additional backing vocals on track 6

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[26] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[27] N/A 32,840[27]
Germany (BVMI)[28] Gold 250,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[29] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[30] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[31] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[33] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Hunt, Dennis (13 November 1988). "Dancing and Thinking". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
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  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (14 March 1989). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
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  11. ^ "European Hot 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 5 no. 45. 5 November 1988. p. 30. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 4 August 2018 – via American Radio History.
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  23. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1991). "Top 100 Albums: 1988". BPI YearBook 1989/90. London: British Phonographic Industry. pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-0-9061-5410-6.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Albums of '89". RPM. Vol. 51 no. 8. 23 December 1989. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 4 August 2018 – via Library and Archives Canada.
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  28. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Pet Shop Boys; 'Introspective')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  29. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 924. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 28 December 1988.
  31. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Pet Shop Boys; 'Introspective')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  32. ^ "British album certifications – Pet Shop Boys – Introspective". British Phonographic Industry. 9 January 1989. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Introspective in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  33. ^ "American album certifications – Pet Shop Boys – Introspective". Recording Industry Association of America. 22 December 1988. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.