Actually

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With their second album, Actually, the Pet Shop Boys perfected their melodic, detached dance-pop. Where most of Please was dominated by the beats, the rhythms on Actually are part of a series of intricate arrangements that create a glamorous but disposable backdrop for Neil Tennant's tales of isolation, boredom, money, and loneliness. Not only are the arrangements more accomplished, but the songs themselves are more striking, incorporating a strong sense of melody, as evidenced by "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," a duet with Dusty Springfield. Tennant's lyrics are clever and direct, chronicling the lives and times of urban, lonely, and bored yuppies of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With their second album, Actually, the Pet Shop Boys perfected their melodic, detached dance-pop. Where most of Please was dominated by the beats, the rhythms on Actually are part of a series of intricate arrangements that create a glamorous but disposable backdrop for Neil Tennant's tales of isolation, boredom, money, and loneliness. Not only are the arrangements more accomplished, but the songs themselves are more striking, incorporating a strong sense of melody, as evidenced by "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," a duet with Dusty Springfield. Tennant's lyrics are clever and direct, chronicling the lives and times of urban, lonely, and bored yuppies of the late '80s. And the fact that dance-pop is considered a disposable medium by most mainstream critics and listeners only increases the reserved emotional undercurrent of Actually, as well as its irony.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 077774697224
  • Catalog Number: 469722
  • Sales rank: 45,276

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One More Chance (5:30)
  2. 2 What Have I Done to Deserve This? (4:22)
  3. 3 Shopping (3:37)
  4. 4 Rent (5:09)
  5. 5 Hit Music (4:44)
  6. 6 It Couldn't Happen Here (5:21)
  7. 7 It's a Sin (4:59)
  8. 8 I Want to Wake Up (5:09)
  9. 9 Heart (3:58)
  10. 10 King's Cross (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pet Shop Boys Primary Artist
Dusty Springfield Vocals
Andy Richards fairlight
Blue Weaver fairlight
Adrien Cook fairlight
Technical Credits
Pet Shop Boys Producer
Angelo Badalamenti Contributor, Orchestral Arrangements
Stephen Hague Producer
Chris Lowe Composer
Dave Meegan Engineer
Julian Mendelsohn Producer, Engineer
Shep Pettibone Producer
Tony Phillips Engineer
Andy Richards Producer
Neil Tennant Composer
Allee Willis Composer
David Jacob Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best pop / disco music ever!

    I first heard the Pet Shop Boys back in the 80s. They were so popular in the USSR. Every kid in the class would have their tape and we enjoyed the beats like crazy... The Pet Shop Boys sort of disappeared from the stage in the 90s and the time was different to play their music... But going back to their music the sound is as fresh as back then. And you can't but enjoy it again and again!

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