Fundamental

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  • Summary: Trevor Horn produced the duo's first album in four years, hailed by some critics as a return to their peak 1980's form.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
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  1. The Pet Shop Boys' best album in over a decade, sitting neatly between their previous career highpoints of Very and Behaviour.
  2. 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.
  3. It would be unthinkable to imagine a more pleasurable listen coming along in 2006.
  4. Spin
    80
    Like Confessions on a Dance Floor, Fundamental uses squelchy electro-disco grooves that smuggle sly pop-culture commentary. [Aug 2006, p.83]
  5. "Fundamental" is the sound of the Pet Shop Boys reborn, and mindful of the important role they fill in the pop family.
  6. Much of it seems strangely blank, neither great nor at all sub-par.
  7. Mojo
    40
    [An] underwhelming collection of moderately sweeping, mildly elegant arena pop. [Jun 2006, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. b
    Aug 25, 2006
    10
    politics+war+humor+heartache+perfect
  2. mikhail
    Dec 17, 2006
    10
    Best album of the year.
  3. Apr 2, 2016
    10
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  4. CliffordF
    Mar 27, 2007
    9
    I love the beats to the album. They are quick, hip and great to listen to anytime. Songs such as I'm with Stupid, The Sodom and Gomorrah I love the beats to the album. They are quick, hip and great to listen to anytime. Songs such as I'm with Stupid, The Sodom and Gomorrah Show and Integral are the hghlight tracks on this good achievement. Expand
  5. rottencabbage
    Aug 25, 2006
    8
    Delightful, campy and endlessly entertaining.
  6. MisterMac
    Jul 6, 2006
    8
    over-the top, fun, and slightly sinister; everything a PSB album should be. Not up there with the heights of "VERY" but very solid, with the over-the top, fun, and slightly sinister; everything a PSB album should be. Not up there with the heights of "VERY" but very solid, with the exception of "numb" which I skip over. Expand
  7. keelerc
    Jul 25, 2006
    3
    okay; damnation you can dance to. I'm sure this CD is popular in hell. Bleah.

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