Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The Pet Shop Boys' best album in over a decade, sitting neatly between their previous career highpoints of Very and Behaviour.
  2. 100
    Fundamental is the group's most inspired album in nearly a decade.
  3. Fundamental offers pleasure as rewarding as The Magic Mountain or Glenlivet 18--indulgences best enjoyed as you approach the half-century mark, when your imagination is keen to leisured elongations of familiar tropes or newly appreciative of exotic sumptuousness.
  4. 'Fundamental' will not only be rated up there among the Pet Shop Boys finest albums -- it's also arguably the best electro pop record we've heard in years.
  5. It would be unthinkable to imagine a more pleasurable listen coming along in 2006.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Balance[s] orchestral pomp with au courant club grooves. [30 Jun 2006, p.161]
  7. Fundamental is the thinking person's electropop album of 2006 so far.
  8. Focusing on New Labour's trials has reconnected the Pet Shop Boys with something of their essence.
  9. Q Magazine
    80
    It's like 10 years of treading water never happened. [Jun 2006, p.118]
  10. The majority of Fundamental is like the majority of their great album Behavior in that repeat listens are required to do these rich songs justice.
  11. Blender
    80
    Fundamental ingeniously explores political chicanery through imaginative set pieces about private relationships. [Aug 2006, p.113]
  12. Spin
    80
    Like Confessions on a Dance Floor, Fundamental uses squelchy electro-disco grooves that smuggle sly pop-culture commentary. [Aug 2006, p.83]
  13. You’re unlikely to encounter another pioneering techno-pop act entering its third decade with style and substance largely intact.
  14. "Fundamental" is the sound of the Pet Shop Boys reborn, and mindful of the important role they fill in the pop family.
  15. Trevor Horn's production has a pleasing fullness, opening the melodies without smothering them.
  16. Much of it seems strangely blank, neither great nor at all sub-par.
  17. New Musical Express (NME)
    60
    There's little on PSB's album that matches the big twizzly dunce-hatted glory of their 'Very' peak. [20 May 2006, p.33]
  18. For every moment of cynical dance pop genius, there's a dull midtempo dirge bereft of decent hooks.
  19. Uncut
    60
    You wish Neil and Chris had hooked up with a younger, switched-on, even more sympathetic producer. [Jun 2006, p.110]
  20. For greatness, look to the irresistibly melodic "Twentieth Century," the New Order-hued "Minimal" and the Diane Warren-penned ballad "Numb."
  21. A politically charged album that's free of musical sparks.
  22. Mojo
    40
    [An] underwhelming collection of moderately sweeping, mildly elegant arena pop. [Jun 2006, p.108]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Apr 2, 2016
    10
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  2. Jan 6, 2016
    10
    Fundamental is Fundamental hahahahahahahaha,
    Okey this joke was a ****
    But this album is Great... The Sodom And Gomorrow
    Fundamental is Fundamental hahahahahahahaha,
    Okey this joke was a ****
    But this album is Great...
    The Sodom And Gomorrow Show,Integral,Indefinite Leave To Remain,Casanova In Hell,Numb and Twentieth Century,I Made My Excuses And Left,God Willing,Luna Park and I'm With Stupid Are absolute great songs of PSB Career
    Full Review »
  3. May 14, 2014
    4
    I hate all synthpop actually but I really loved the song Minimal, it has good beats and is dreamy it's not like the other songs on this album.I hate all synthpop actually but I really loved the song Minimal, it has good beats and is dreamy it's not like the other songs on this album. I don't like Pet Shop Boys but Minimal is a really awesome song. Full Review »